Future of the planet Earth:

Climate & Energy 


  • Present the Problem 
    • Disasters --> Climate Change --> Emissions
  • Sustainable Development Goals & European Environmental Agency 
  • Modeling the Future
  • Media - Scale - Imagery
  • Suggested Solutions - what YOU (visitors) can do
  • ideas for exhibits 

Present the Problem

  • Disasters --> Climate Change --> Emissions


Climate Change


Positive Feedback

Disaster Cycle



Capital of Honduras

Population 850,848

landslides and flooding



Disaster and Land Use

Maps can help reduce complexity

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)




and their influence

on how we process data and create visualizations 

Remote Sensing 


Sentinel 2:

S2A (launched 23 June 2015)  and S2B (launched 7 March 2017)

Land use monitoring

True Color




Sentinel-1 images track the major flooding in Kerala during the 2018 monsoon season


Land use change:

Malakal refugee camp in South Sudan

Digital Globe

Everything is spatial

Where it happened is critical to know to figure out why and how it happened

Dashboards = Power

Sustainable Development Goals &

European Environmental Agency 

Current Government Initiatives

SDG linked to Paris Agreement

NL Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy




The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy promotes:

  • A competitive business climate. By abolishing unnecessary regulation and creating business-friendly fiscal policy.
  • Specific policy for innovation and enterprise to support businesses in areas where it is really necessary. This makes the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy the central access point for government information and services in the area of innovation, export and financing. Additional attention is paid to creating favourable conditions for key areas like chemicals, water and energy.
  • A world-class agri-food sector, that can be further strengthened through investment in innovation and sustainability.
  • Support for Dutch business abroad. Through economic diplomacy, for example, and assistance from embassies and consulates.
  • Clean, reliable energy. Clean energy is not only essential, it is also a prime export product.
  • Business practices that take nature and animal welfare into account. This creates a balance between economy and ecology.

International Efforts

and data

Open Data

European Environmental Agency data and links


Barriers to working with open data


Big Data and



Cloud Computing

  • valuable for information dissemination

  • faster and more data processing that was not previously possible

  • data access

Google Earth Engine

  • Cloud-based platform for geospatial analysis

  • Access over 40 years of satellite imagery

  • Upload own data sets to integrate with publicly available data

  • Apply range of common algorithms to data

  • Export images, tables, charts, map outputs

Hansen et al (2013)

High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change, Science  

15 Nov. Vol. 342, Issue 6160, pp. 850-853 DOI: 10.1126/science.1244693.

Title Text

// Load Sentinel-2 TOA reflectance data.
var dataset = ee.ImageCollection('COPERNICUS/S2')
                  .filterDate('2018-01-01', '2018-12-30')
                  // Pre-filter to get less cloudy granules.
                  .filter(ee.Filter.lt('CLOUDY_PIXEL_PERCENTAGE', 20))

//true color
var rgbVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 2500,
  bands: ['B4', 'B3', 'B2'],
//urban visualization
var urbanVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 2500,
  bands: ['B12', 'B11', 'B4'],

//Agriculture visualization
var agVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 2500,
  bands: ['B11', 'B8', 'B2'],
//Healthy vegitation visualization
var VegVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 2500,
  bands: ['B8', 'B11', 'B2'],

//Land Water visualization
var WaterVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 2500,
  bands: ['B8', 'B11', 'B4'],

Map.setCenter(5.104480, 52.092876, 11);

//different layers 
Map.addLayer(dataset.median(), rgbVis, 'RGB');
Map.addLayer(dataset.median(), urbanVis, 'Urban');
Map.addLayer(dataset.median(), agVis, 'Agriculture');
Map.addLayer(dataset.median(), VegVis, 'Vegitation');
Map.addLayer(dataset.median(), WaterVis, 'Water');


Modeling the Future

Spatial Media  


Scale  (Maps to VR)

Exhibit ideas


But then project images of what outcomes might look like on the wall? 

Suggested Solutions - what YOU can do

at home

reduce, reuse, recycle

your parents can make purchasing choices

policies that support renewable energy

Tell your friends!

Thank you!


By Britta Ricker


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