Last month, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Google Earth Engine (GEE) announced Strata as one of the 32 projects that have been awarded backend support to tackle environmental and social challenges using open earth data. The GEO-GEE funding is directed towards supporting projects that address environmental and social challenges using real-time earth observation data coupled with cloud computing.
UNEP recognizes that environmental challenges cannot be tackled without data and analytics. Through this collaboration, Google Earth Engine will help Strata to monitor the environmental and climate related security risks, facilitating environmental stewardship and human wellbeing.
As one of the selected projects Strata, from today, is entering into a two-year journey in identifying environmental and climate-related security hotspots using the power of earth observation and GEE. This is an exciting opportunity for Strata to have access to a vast range of environmental, climatic and wider geospatial datasets. In many cases, these data sets are available for a large temporal and spatial period. This repository of data enables Strata to offer solutions tailored to meet the specific user requirements, such as specific time periods, different stress indicators and high-resolution regional visualisation.More details of the GEO-GEE support for open earth data can be found on the website of GEO.