Global South

7th EARSeL SIG Workshop on the Global South

The Global South is challenged by rapid transformations coupled with crises, impacting natural habitats, rural, peri-urban, and urban areas. The newly emerging and existing human settlements exhibit varying degrees of inequalities in terms of living qualities, such as environmental deprivation, or lacking access to basic infrastructure and essential services. In the context of climate change, environmental conditions can have increasingly severe impacts on living conditions and health outcomes. To adequately monitor these transformations, crises, and inequalities, timely and spatially disaggregated data are essential but often not available. Earth Observation (EO) data can provide immense opportunities for monitoring these challenges, but advancements in technical developments are hindered but various unsolved questions. First, EO data need to be provided with sufficient spatial and temporal granularity. Second, the development of innovative, transferable, and scalable mapping approaches, both with respect to the methods and data, is imperative. Third, FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) data standards are important to support easy access and exchange of data and methods. Fourth, EO-based approaches need to be integrated with bottom-up approaches (e.g., to co-create and integrate citizen science data).

The workshop will allow researchers to exchange on the state-of-the-art EO methods to analyse transformation, crises and inequalities in the Global South (e.g., environmental risk, hazards, urbanization, demographic and socio-economic conditions, conservation, and agriculture) while enabling their integration for evidence-based policy-making (e.g., SDGs).

List of topics

  • Mapping the dynamics and complexity (e.g., 3D urban mapping) of urban areas in the Global South
  • Modelling rural and/or urban poverty (inequalities, living conditions)  in the Global South
  • Mapping the pressure on natural resources in the Global South
  • New data and methodology for EO-based solution  in the Global South
  • Mapping and modelling the population dynamics  in the Global South
  • Analysing climate (change) impacts on urban, peri-urban and rural areas in the Global South
  • Analysing environmental and socio-economic inequalities  in the Global South
  • Analysing crises with the use of EO-based data and approaches in the Global South
  • For all topics, studies that compare Global South and Global North questions are welcome or discuss the transfer of approaches



Geomatics at Karlstad University and a researcher at the Division of Geoinformatics, Royal Institute of Technology



Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente


Scientific committee (for the Workshop)

Link to the SIG webpage