Collect Earth Online (CEO) next generation tool allows anyone to track land-use data and landscape changes anywhere

In December 2018, FAO launched a new open-access tool 'Collect Earth Online (CEO)' that allows anyone to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere.

CEO is now available through FAO's Open Foris platform - a set of free and open-source software tools that facilitate flexible and efficient data collection, analysis and reporting.

CEO tool amplifies the power of FAO's Open Foris Collect Earth tool, thus further strengthening the comprehensive measuring, monitoring and reporting on forests and Land use with the help of high-resolution satellite imagery.

The CEO tool is developed by US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with support from the Google Earth Engine Team and the US Government's SilvaCarbon Program.

A web-, and satellite-imagery-based, free of charge, and open to all Collect Earth Online (CEO) crowd-sourcing platform:

  • Uses innovative forest and land monitoring tools and technologies and allows reference data for forest and other landscape assessments to be produced quickly.
  • Requires no downloads or installation, and allows users to systematically inspect any location on the Earth with satellite data. CEO can be accessed by simply clicking on a link and registering on the platform.
  • Will become a central technology supporting FAO's global Remote Sensing Survey. Early in 2019, CEO will be integrated into SEPAL (System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring), a FAO's powerful cloud-based platform, thus making it easier to link reference data directly to processing chains for generating accurate and transparent maps, data and statistics. Enhanced with CEO's open data, SEPAL will allow countries to advance quickly in the fight against climate change, including disaster management, glacier monitoring and more. 

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