Publication Now Online! Public Health Co-benefits to reducing GHGs

Very happy to have our PIs from CCRG and NCAR have our study “Public Health Co-Benefits of the Diffusion of Innovative Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies in Abu Dhabi” be published!

It can be downloaded at:Ā

The emirate of Abu Dhabi has been active in the implementation of innovative technologies to reduce itsĀ carbon footprint from energy consuming activities in the power supply and transport sectors. While the reductionĀ in GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions from these technologies has been quantified, to date, there has not beenĀ a comprehensive assessment of the positive impacts that such measures could have on public health. TheseĀ are considered a ā€œco-benefitā€ of GHG mitigation, namely the simultaneous improvement in air quality and publicĀ health associated with the dissemination of technologies that reduce GHG emissions. Public health co-benefitsĀ include reductions in the incidence of, for example, respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease, and allergies. AĀ scenario-based, integrated damage model was developed to integrate local meteorology and air quality conditions,Ā innovative technology performance characteristics in power supply and transport, demographic features/trends,Ā and epidemiological dose-response functions. The results of the study indicate that future efforts in the Abu DhabiĀ Emirate to expand and intensify GHG-reducing activities using innovative technologies – particularly in the energyĀ and transport sectors where the majority of potential GHG reductions exist – will lead to substantial public healthĀ co-benefit

Make sure to also check out our Online Toolkit for the project where you can view and download the models and data atĀ

Newest Eye on Earth Webinar Announced for February 7th 2018!



The open source ā€œOpen Data Cubeā€ platform
and the Digital Earth Australia Case Study

by Dr Stuart Minchin of Geoscience Australia




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The Australian Geoscience Data Cube is an innovative capability to measure and monitor the Australian land surface at unprecedented scale. The unique combination of high performance computing, big-data mining techniques and new satellite observing capabilities allows the liberation of the huge archive of satellite observations over Australia collected over the last 35 years to deliver up-to-date time series of environmental change at high resolution, over the entire continent.

The development of this technology provides a capability to develop objective, evidence based measurement and monitoring of landscape change in a much more cost effective, efficient and accessible way across entire continents and shows the potential for a global infrastructure of such tools for governments interested in the development, mapping and management of land, water and coastal activities.

Each product produced by Digital Earth Australia can potentially also be generated for every country in the world!! Digital Earth Australia has been developed on the open source ā€œOpen Data Cubeā€ platform which is being further developed both by Australian researchers and through the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS). CEOS has demonstrated that with free and open Landsat and Copernicus data, Open Data Cube can be developed rapidly for any country in the world, and even hosted in a cloud environment for quick deployment without the need for a huge infrastructure investment.


Dr Stuart Minchin is the Chief of the Environmental Geoscience Division of Geoscience Australia (GA). The Environmental Geoscience Division encompasses GAā€™s National Marine and Earth Observation Group (operational satellite remote sensing, national satellite archives, offshore bathymetry and biodiversity monitoring, coastal geomorphology, Antarctic geoscience and tropical cyclone, fire and sea level rise risk mapping), the National Geospatial Information Group (effectively Australiaā€™s National Mapping Agency, including Defence mapping, maritime boundaries, elevation and topographic mapping, hydrological mapping and built environment), and the Groundwater group (focused on groundwater resources, sea water intrusion, coal seam gas impacts and other groundwater resource issues.)


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Accelerated Deployment of IRIS in 2018

Following a very successful launch on 2 December 2017, the Indicator Reporting Information System (IRIS), is gearing up for an accelerated deployment in 2018. Ā Indeed, Phase III of the ā€œCapacity Building Programme on Environment Statistics in Africaā€ will start later this month; a group of selected pilot countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, The Gambia, Malawi, Namibia and Senegal) will conduct national workshops and receive technical assistance. A substantial number of activities are planned to be carried out, one of them includes setting up IRIS database and provide guidance on using IRIS for data storage. Click on the following link for more details:

Both the Environment Agency ā€“ Abu Dhabi (EAD) and UN Environment look forward to working at a sub-national and regional level to deploy IRIS globally.

Latest Eye on Earth Webinar Recording now available online

Happy to share that our last webinar by Ecocity BuildersĀ on DataĀ Driven CitiesĀ for Climate ResilienceĀ is now available online incase that you missed it on our webinar page

According to UN Habitat the effects of urbanization and climate change are converging: cities cover less than 2% of the earthā€™s surface, use 78% of world energy, and produce 60% of CO2 and GHGs through energy generation, transportation, industry and biomass use. Cities and towns are also very vulnerable to climate change and the most affected populations are the urban poor. Habitat goes on to say that cities can reduce GHG emissions while addressing other local environmental problems such as air pollution, waste disposal, and transportation. The challenge is to link climate change to local environmental and development priorities. This webinar will showcase how data and associated mapping technologies can support the creation of sustainable cities resilient to the impacts of climate change. This is accomplished both by providing formats that integrate environmental, social and economic data for an urban area and its surrounding region, and by providing a common visual language that will facilitate discussion between local stakeholders and government agencies.

Kirstin Miller is Executive Director of San Francisco Bay Area based Ecocity Builders.