Future Data and Knowledge Needs - Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Healthy Planet, Healthy People Chapter 25

United Nations Environment Programme (2019)

This chapter discusses emerging areas of environmental information and statistics, including citizen science, big data and traditional knowledge. It aims to summarize the gaps and opportunities for improving the environmental knowledge base. The global landscape is changing, technology is advancing and more and more data are available. These new data sources will not override the need for traditional means of data collection but will provide additional opportunities for environmental monitoring and assessment. This chapter analyses these new and emerging means of data collection and presents a perspective for the future of environmental monitoring and assessment.

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