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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
International Journal of Digital Earth

For a Special Issue on
Big Earth Data in Support of SDG 15, Life on Land

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Xiaosong Li, International Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals
[email protected]

Qunli Han, International Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals
[email protected]

Juanle Wang, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
[email protected]

Weihua Xu, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
[email protected]

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Big Earth Data in Support of SDG 15, Life on Land

SDG 15 is to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.” The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted for 7 years, yet mankind still faces a stern situation. At the current speed of progress, the world is not on track to achieve SDG 15 in 2030.

Evaluation of progress is the key to understand where we are now, identify gaps and adopt effective interventions. With increased data availability and technical methods, 8 of the 14 SDG 15 indicators are at Tier 1 status (with both data and methodology). However, these indicators are mainly obtained on the basis of statistical methods, which are not scalable across scales (global-regional-national-local), and many countries with limited data acquisition capabilities cannot provide data on a regular basis.

This special issue on “Big Earth Data in support of SDG 15, Life on Land” in the International Journal of Digital Earth aims to capture the recent advancements in SDG 15 indicator progress evaluation by using cutting-edge technologies, such as Earth observation, artificial intelligence and citizen science. Specifically, original unpublished research articles on this topic are warmly welcomed.

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

  • Forest planting/harvesting, forest height and biomass monitoring
  • Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) measurement and mapping
  • Effectiveness evaluation of protected areas and gap analysis
  • Assessment of land degradation neutrality progress
  • Feedback in land degradation-climate change-biodiversity nexus

Submission Instructions

The International Journal of Digital Earth is an Open Access and international peer-reviewed academic journal (SCIE with a 2020 impact factor 3.538) focusing on the theories, technologies, applications, and societal implications of Digital Earth and those visionary concepts that will enable a modeled virtual world.

Submissions must follow the instructions to authors outlined on the Taylor & Francis author guidelines page for International Journal of Digital Earth. Word templates are available on the web site and papers are typically 5000‐8000 words in length.

Papers should be submitted online at the International Journal of Digital Earth's Manuscript Central Site. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Please indicate the paper is submitted to Special Issue on “Big Earth Data in Support of SDG 15, Life on Land” in the cover letter.

We look forward to your contributions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guest Editors with any questions.

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