Launch of “The Atlas of the Human Planet 2020 – Open Geoinformation for Research, Policy, and Action

Blog / Thomas Kemper / January 15, 2021

The Human Planet Initiative is proud to announce the launch of the Atlas of the Human Planet 2020. This  edition collects 100 case studies that use Global Human Settlement Layer data sets in thematic areas of Disaster Risk Management, Urbanisation, Development, Environment and Sustainability.  A number of case studies address issues requested by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and related International Framework Agreements.

The Atlas  is a deliverable of the GEO Human Planet Initiative and the JRC and provides case studies in thematic areas closely related to other GEO activities including EO4SDG, GEO Mountains, GEO VENER and ArcticGEOSS.

The virtual launch event takes place on January 21, 2021, 3pm CET and it will feature presentations delivered by authors of the showcases. The second part of the event features a panel discussion where European and international policymakers will discuss the relevance and challenges in global open geoformation on settlements for policy and action and the road ahead.

Find out more at https://ghsl.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Atlas2020LaunchAgenda.php


About the author

Thomas Kemper

Thomas Kemper, Ph.D., is leading the GHSL project in the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the European Commission Joint Research Centre. He has a wide experience in remote sensing both with satellite and airborne sensors and uses this for the detection and characterization of settlements in support of EU policies related to civilian crisis management and development, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals.


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