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Lecture by Dr. Caroline Gevaert - Accelerating Earth Observation Services for Resilient Development - the Digital Earth Partnership

During her visit to the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan, Dr. Caroline Gevaert, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) , University of Twente, Netherlands, delivered a lecture to the students and faculty of DPRI on 5 October 2023.

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Abstract: The Digital Earth Partnership aims to enhance the resilience of vulnerable countries and communities to climate change and natural hazard disasters through greater access to and adoption of frontier earth observation tools & services. Climate resilient development is especially reliant on stakeholders' abilities to use accurate and timely information about our changing climate, environment and livelihoods, for risk aware insights and risk reduction actions. Through knowledge building and partnership development, Digital Earth focusses on providing demand driven data services for spatial monitoring, decision support, and risk management activities prompted by client governments and their beneficiaries: activities that are locally appropriate, affordable, actionable, scalable, and sustainable. The presentation will demonstrate projects that contribute towards these goals: partnerships between universities to enhance the local knowledge ecosystem on disaster resilience (the Resilience Academy), obtaining information on vulnerability and exposure together with communities (Ramani Huria and Digital Public Works) and integrating information derived from Earth Observation into World Bank operations and policy making (the World Settlement Footprint).

Speaker's Brief Bio : Caroline Gevaert is Assistant Professor in Geoinformatics at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (the Netherlands) and international consultant for the World Bank. She is member of the Dutch Young Academy of Sciences, one of the 15 global experts selected to review the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2023, and a leading expert on Responsible AI for sustainable development. She has scientific publications with >100 co-authors across 24 countries, and has presented at conferences on five continents, including three presentations at the first UN-GGIM World Congress in China. Through her position at the World Bank, Caroline advises on how to use these technologies in operations. Example projects include: the Resilience Academy - a partnership between universities in Tanzania and Europe to co-develop tailored local solutions for resilience; Ramani Huria - a largescale participatory mapping program where hundreds of Tanzanian students mapped the city of Dar es Salaam; using drones to get accurate terrain models for flood mapping; and recommendations on Responsible AI for Disaster Risk Management.

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