EESS talk on "The World Environment Situation Room"


Event details

Date and time 24.09.2019 12:1513:00  
Place and room
Speaker Dr Pascal Peduzzi, Science Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), is the director of GRID-Geneva, a team of 20 scientists who are transforming data into information to support decisions making processes. He holds a PhD and a MSc in Environmental Sciences, with specialization in remote sensing and GIS. He is coordinating the implementation of the World Environment Situation Room, a data platform for monitoring the state of Earth Environment. As a part-time professor at the University of Geneva, Pascal teaches courses on environmental sciences, modelling disaster risk as well as on Sustainable Development. His main areas of research are links between Global Environment Change and Risk. He was one of the selected lead authors for the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events, was leading research on Global Risk Analysis for UN Environment, UNISDR and UNDP. He is also interested in computation of planetary boundaries, especially to bring this as a tool for monitoring country progresses. One of his specific interest Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EbA) for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (EcoDRR). Pascal Peduzzi is also involved in identifying Emerging Environmental Issues, as the initiator of the Environment Alert Bulletin, co-coordinator of the UN Environment Foresight report on Emerging Issues. He is the author of various scientific publications and provided numerous conferences to governments, media and the general public to raise awareness on the consequences of human impacts on the environment.
Category Conferences - Seminars
Our Environment is changing rapidly. Our climate, ecosystems, soil, air, freshwater, ocean, forests & landcover, urban areas, require our full attention. We need to find the appropriate solutions to numerous challenging issues. This involves finding the most relevant policies, efficient technologies, advices for new life styles, push for circular economy, or investments in natural capital. For this we need to access relevant and up to data information, to identify status, trends, patterns, hotspots. To understand the underlying drivers, the pressures and find the appropriate responses.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has being created in 1972, it has the mandate to keep the World Environment Situation under review. To this end UNEP is now generating a new data & information platform called the World Environment Situation Room. It aims at integrating data from various data providers, transform data into information to support the environmental policies process. This platform will be operational in 2022 and will allow users to visualize, interrogate, link and download data and information products.
Now entering the era of big data, the challenge is to process large amount of data, which requires automation of data processing. However, not all information are needed. Selecting the relevant information is the second challenge. This will be achieved via the "One Global Partnership" a network of about 15 data centres. UNEP/GRID-Geneva is at the core of this endeavour, with 20 Environment Data Scientists, this centre is specialized in transforming data into information, especially geospatial data be from in situ, models or satellite imagery. This presentation aims at presenting our current status and vision of the World Environment Situation Room.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


  • EESS - IIE



Environment Geospatial data satellite imagery data and information platform