Special Issue "Geo-Information and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Karin Pfeffer

Full Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Interests: urban studies; urbanization; urban deprivations; spatial inequality; quality of life; urban vulnerabilities; urban patterns; urban governance; urban infrastructures
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yola Georgiadou

Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2015, the international community agreed on an ambitious global agenda to promote social development and economic prosperity while protecting the environment. To implement this agenda, 193 countries agreed to achieve, by 2030, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 Targets, accompanied by specific Indicators. The Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG indicators (IAEG-SDGs) clusters and regularly updates indicators around three tiers, depending on (a) whether they are conceptually (un)clear, (b) whether the methodology and standards are available or not, and (c) whether the data are regularly produced by countries, or not. The SDG agenda is already influencing national policy-making and business activities, especially in the global North, as well as the academic community and activists. Social scientists and the GIS/RS research community are positioning themselves to contribute to this transformative agenda.

Nevertheless, researchers and advocates are expressing concerns, some of which this special issue addresses. Concerns are related to the availability of suitable data and methodologies to measure and monitor the indicators; the suitability and local relevance of indicators for tracking a certain target; the processes through which indicators to achieve a certain goal and target have been formulated in global consultations. To address these concerns and contribute new insights into how indicators are constructed, monitored and achieve local relevance, a critical examination is required.

Aim of the Special Issue

This Special Issue examines these issues critically from the perspective of the GIS/RS community. We solicit contributions related to how indicators are constructed, how and why they can be improved (if needed), how indicators are achieved in specific social contexts, as well as the potential and limitations of RS/GIS in measuring progress in the years to come. We ask for contributions from authors involved in particular in SDGs for cities and human settlements (SDG#11), end of poverty (SDG#1), peace and inclusion (SDG#16), climate change (SDG#13) and water (SDG#6), among others.

Topics: In line with the context and aims outlined above, we invite original research contributions on the following topics (may be extended):

  • Innovative GIS/RS methodologies and data collection approaches to measure the indicators of SDGs
  • Analysis of indicator formulation—e.g., which views are inscribed in a certain indicator? To what extent do indicators include displaced communities, the homeless and those with diverse gender and sexual identities?
  • Local relevance and successful production of indicators in different geographic and social contexts
  • Scalability of indicators
  • Comparative analysis of indicators across different geographic areas
  • Influence of indicators on urban and regional planning and policy, especially in the global South
  • De-construction of SDG goals, targets and indicators

Prof. Dr. Karin Pfeffer
Prof. Dr. Yola Georgiadou
Guest Editors

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Open AccessArticle Using Remote Sensing to Analyse Net Land-Use Change from Conflicting Sustainability Policies: The Case of Amsterdam
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(9), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7090381
Received: 28 July 2018 / Revised: 4 September 2018 / Accepted: 11 September 2018 / Published: 19 September 2018
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In order to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal #11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), an integrative approach is necessary. Complex outcomes such as sustainable cities are the product of a range of policies and drivers that are sometimes at odds with each other.
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In order to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal #11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), an integrative approach is necessary. Complex outcomes such as sustainable cities are the product of a range of policies and drivers that are sometimes at odds with each other. Yet, traditional policy assessments often focus on specific ambitions such as housing, green spaces, etc., and are blind to the consequences of policy interactions. This research proposes the use of remote sensing technologies to monitor and analyse the resultant effects of opposing urban policies. In particular, we will look at the conflicting policy goals in Amsterdam between the policy to densify, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, goals of protecting and improving urban green space. We conducted an analysis to detect changes in land-uses within the urban core of Amsterdam, using satellite images from 2003 and 2016. The results indeed show a decrease of green space and an increase in the built-up environment. In addition, we reveal strong fragmentation of green space, indicating that green space is increasingly available in smaller patches. These results illustrate that the urban green space policies of the municipality appear insufficient to mitigate the negative outcomes of the city’s densification on urban green space. Additionally, we demonstrate how remote sensing can be a valuable instrument in investigating the net consequences of policies and urban developments that would be difficult to monitor through traditional policy assessments. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geo-Information and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))

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