EO For Good

Goodall wrote in a memoir that a pervading strength in life came from profound experiences of connection. In one particular moment, the sun brightly illuminated both the rain-covered Gombe forest and her psyche: “It seemed to me, as I struggled afterward to recall the experience, that self was utterly absent: I and the chimpanzees, the earth and trees and air, seemed to merge, to become one with the spirit power of life itself.”

As Earth Scientists, there is nothing more important than developing a deep (and accurate) sense of ourselves as citizens of the Earth.

Digital mapping and geospatial technologies—referred to as Earth Observation technologies, or "EO"—are part of how we develop context on Earth, as well as in the emerging and broadening digital ecosystem.

EO For Good envisions a global interconnected geospatial information ecosystem, in which everyone can interact to gain and co-produce knowledge. EO is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural activity—requiring skills from those in geography and remote sensing science as well as statistics, economics, and geopolitics, social sciences, Indigenous communities and studies, environmental sciences, international studies, and beyond. EO tools and technologies hold immense power for immediate, actionable change to face the challenges of climate change, humanitarian need, and for ecological and environmental and cognitive justice.

earth science as service

Action amid ecological collapse

Translating data into actionable knowledge


The United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Committee of Experts works to support government-level implementation of geospatial systems to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN-GGIM Academic Network is a coalition of recognized universities and research and education centers involved in research, development and education on geospatial, land information and related matters, and to assist in identifying opportunities for EO intervention, and responding to challenges.


Group on Eath Observations (GEO)

GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 Participating Organizations that envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.

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Mapping Non-Profits, Standards Organizations, and UN and other global, actionable EO mechanisms for communities, land, and environment

partnership initiatives between non-profit and UN sectors; UN mechanisms are available that acquire and disseminate EO data to global NGOs

co-design principles

from data-centric, to human-centric

Balance the data-driven approach, and now to a human-driven, wisdom approach – need to support this, where we are and headed, and develop tools from here

ask what support to offer, instead of naming problems from the outside

Engaging communities to build tools of support, in a way that brings equity, the importance of individual people and communities, and builds trust

giving precedent to indigenous worldviews

Balance the data-driven approach, and now to a human-driven, wisdom approach – need to support this, where we are and headed, and develop tools from here

practical reasons for building systems based on cross-cultural intellectual and epistemological equality

The IPBES framework houses highly participatory aspects and inclusive social-ecological frameworks (local, traditional, and Indigenous knowledge systems) as complementary to academic western scientific disciplines. Described in this guiding framework are indirect provisions—what are referred to as relational, existential, or spiritual value—that are closely-related to the cultural value, and thus suggests that cultural preservation may also play an important role in understanding ES and their scalability.

aside from the importance of its ethics and justice

Humans existing in-place for thousands of years developed symbiotic relationship with local environments, crucial not only for human survival but for co-beneficial ecological balance and sustainability. The indirect ecosystem provisions—including the existential value and perceived sanctity of land, plants, or animals—may therefore prove to provide a wealth of key information regarding appropriate ES indicators.