The Africa Regional Data Cube (ARDC) was developed by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS,) in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Amazon Web Services, Strathmore University in Kenya, Office of the Deputy President in Kenya, and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD). ARDC, as part of the open data cube, was developed to harnesses the latest Earth observation and satellite technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Tanzania address food security as well as issues relating to agriculture, deforestation, and water access. ARDC provides access to EO data namely Landsat data to address SDGs.
In addition to providing these free and open data infrastructure and application algorithms, the ARDC initiative is focused on developing the capacity and community of end users across the region to apply EO data to address local and national needs. GPSDD has been working closely with CEOS and GEO to build the capacity of stakeholders in Africa in the use of ARDC to address SDGs.
GPSDD conducted stakeholder meetings and an ARDC training in Dakar, Senegal between April 11 and April 13, 2019. The participants were from Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale (IPAR), Agence Nationale de la Statistique et de la Démographie (ANSD), Direction de la Planification et de la Veille Environnementale (DPVE), Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE), Direction de l’Environnement et des Établissements Classés (DEEC), Direction de l’Analyse, de la Prévision et des Statistiques Agricoles (DAPSA), KRANTH, Direction des Eaux et Forêts, Chasses et de la conservation des Sols (DEFCCS), and Agence Nationale pour l’Aménagement du Territoire (ANAT).
The ARDC country teams are working on user cases, which emphasise the role of earth observation in addressing the SDGs namely: agriculture (2.4.1), water quality (6.3.2), water extent (6.6.1), urbanization (11.3.1), deforestation (15.1.1) and degradation (15.3.1). This will help to refine the methodologies with the in-country stakeholders and conduct validation in situ. GPSDD enables its stakeholders and partners access better data on SDGs, make informed decisions and thus create opportunities for a better life.
For more information on the ARDC, please contact GPSDD via the following channels: