100&Change: 2021

Global Biodiversity Observatory to Reverse the Sixth Extinction

Arizona State University

A novel constellation of small satellites will drive a global decision-support system and social movement to empower people to rapidly reduce biodiversity loss worldwide.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Climate Change & Environment
Current Work Location(s):
  • Pasco, Peru
  • Hawaii, United States
  • Saint Croix Island, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Provincia de Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Sabah, Malaysia
  • State of South Australia, Australia
  • State of Odisha, India
  • Province de l’Équateur, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Amazonas, Brazil
  • Departamento de Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Priority Population(s):
  • Adults
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 13. Climate action
  • 14. Life below water
  • 15. Life on land

Executive Summary

Earth is undergoing a mass extinction of biological diversity due to the human-driven dismantling and disruption of natural ecosystems. Low-to-middle income countries, with high natural capital and greater development needs, suffer the most from ongoing data gaps on land use, reef use, biodiversity, carbon storage, and other critical environmental decision-making factors. The MacArthur Foundation’s prior investments resulted in Imaging Spectroscopy, a technology deployed on piloted aircraft in multiple developing countries. Application of this technology has empowered organizations and clearly benefited ecosystems and communities. Our project will extend this technology to all countries on a global scale. The Global Biodiversity Observatory will employ Earth-orbiting satellites with miniaturized Imaging Spectrometers connected through artificial intelligence to drive a new internationally accessible decision-support system; empowering a rapid reversal of biodiversity loss; providing cost effective data solutions through our global partners to maximize decision impact; and improving public knowledge.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Arizona State University

website: http://www.asufoundation.org
Organization Headquarters
Arizona, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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