In September 2015, the United Nations adopted “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” as a new ambitious global development plan with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. Recognizing the complex and diverse challenges the world facing today, this agenda aims to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and combat climate change. In order to ensure its successful implementation, the United Nations has been devoting to establishing a systematic follow-up and review of the progress towards SDGs at national, regional and global levels, through an indicator-based and data-driven monitoring approach.

Reliable and up-to-date geospatial data plays a fundamental role in the monitoring process, and the utilization of geospatial information in SDGs monitoring has become a critical task for ISPRS and international geospatial communities. In the year 2019, ISPRS council has decided to set up a scientific program on “Geospatial Information-enabled SDGs Monitoring for the 2030 Agenda (GIeSDGs)”, jointly with other international organizations. Its overreaching goal is to promote the best use of geospatial information in supporting SDGs monitoring and analysis through mobilizing and integrating all possible resources from ISPRS members and other stakeholders. The first ISPRS on Geospatial Information for SDGs (GI4SDGs) was successfully organized in Changsha, China from Nov.19-20, 2019.

This second GI4SDGs workshop will provide an interdisciplinary platform to present the latest development and progress in the area of geospatial-enabled SDG monitoring and application. It will bring together people of different communities and disciplines, such as geomatics and remote sensing, environmental and urban studies, deep learning and service computing. Experts and users will present their novel and innovative methods, to showcase successful case studies and to explore possible collaboration.



Prof. Jun Chen, National Geomatics Center of China, China.

Prof. Songnian Li, Ryerson University, Canada

Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Dr. Hao Wu, National Geomatics Center of China

Dr. Dongyang Hou, Central South University, China.


This workshop concentrates on the following topics:

  • Opportunities and challenges of geospatial information-enabled SDGs;
  • SDGs monitoring examples with geospatial perspective;
  • Definition and modeling of geospatial essential variables for SDGs monitoring;
  • Algorithms and methods for deriving geospatial essential variables, e.g. machine learning, big data analytics, cloud computing and other technologies;
  • Global mapping initiatives and progresses at national and international levels;
  • Integrating crowd-sourced data and VGI with geospatial data;
  • Developments and applications of geospatial knowledge service and collaborative platforms to meet SDGs assessment and monitoring;
  • Other related topics.

The workshop will have 4 possible technical sessions:

Session 1: Assessing SDGs progress by integrating geospatial and statistical information

Session 2:Extracting Geospatial Information for SDGs

Session 3: Monitoring SDGs with geospatially essential variables

Session 4: ISPRS Scientific Program GI4SDGs: Progress and Collaboration

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Orhan Altan, Istanbul technical University, Turkey.
  • Prof. Yifang Ban, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
  • Prof. Maria Antonia Brovelli, Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  • Prof. Hao Chen, Hunan University of Science and Technology, China
  • Dr. Chu Ishida, JAXA, Japan
  • Argyro Kavvada, NASA, USA
  • Prof. Songnian Li, Ryerson University, Canada.
  • Prof. Liqiu Meng, Munich Technical University, Germany
  • Prof. Jon Mills, Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
  • Prof. Petros Patias, The Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Prof. Sisi Zlatanova, University of New South Wales, Australia.