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Big Data in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals

Big Earth Data Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 31 March 2021

In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and put forward 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim of solving development problems within the three spheres of society, the economy and the environment in an integrated manner and helping the world move towards sustainable development.

The SDGs present a complex, diverse and interconnected system of indicators. Effective measurement and monitoring of the indicators are the basic means of ensuring the implementation of the SDGs. However, substantial challenges remain because of a lack of sufficient data and analytical methods to assess the progress of these SDG indicators. Meanwhile, the novel coronavirus pandemic that began in early 2020 has globally impacted human society and the economy in many ways. It has also added additional challenges to the existing problems that many countries faced in achieving the SDGs.

The importance of science, technology and innovation (STI) in promoting global sustainable development has been well recognized. With the rapid development of big data, artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, integrating and analyzing massive and multi-source Earth system data related to the land, ocean and atmosphere as well as human activities is becoming achievable. This integration and analysis plays an important role in assessing the progress towards the implementation of the SDGs through monitoring of large- and small-scale changes in Earth systems and measurement of the associated indicators.

To facilitate the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, during his UN 75th General Assembly address on September 22, 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China will set up an International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals. We would like to celebrate the launch of the Center by publishing this special issue that provides overviews of key progress in Big Data-specific sciences, technologies and innovations that support the implementation of the SDGs.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • An inventory of past and ongoing research work on Big Data for SDGs.
  • How to foster and promote innovation to fill SDG data gaps?
  • What are the proven Big Data-specific sciences, technologies and innovations that can accelerate progress towards the SDGs?
  • What are the main challenges, bottlenecks and future developments in relation to Big Data in the context of STI for the SDGs under the effective UN and other multilateral frameworks and mechanisms?

Big Earth Data

Table of Contents for Big Earth Data. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-UK

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

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Submission guidelines

Important Dates

  • March 31, 2021: Paper Submission Online
  • April 30, 2021: Decision to Authors
  • June 30, 2021: Publication

Manuscript Submission Information
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting your manuscript. Once you have finished preparing your manuscript, please submit it through the Taylor & Francis Submission Portal, ensuring that you select the appropriate Special Issue. Publication charges (APCs) will be waived for invited manuscripts submitted to Big Earth Data. Authors who need a waiver code should contact the Editorial Office ([email protected]) before submitting.

TBED Guest Editors

Editorial Information

  • Special Issue Editor: Huadong GuoChinese Academy of Sciences
  • Special Issue Editor: Heide Hackmann, International Science Council
  • Special Issue Editor: Ke Gong, World Federation of Engineering Organizations

Published on 12 November 2020. Last updated on 12 November 2020.