Earth Observation Applications in African Countries: Perspectives from African Diaspora in North America

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Africa Specialty Group, Remote Sensing Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Astor Ballroom III, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Henry Bulley, Francis Koti, Benjamin Ofori-Amoah
Chairs: Henry Bulley


Recent advances in high-resolution Earth Observation satellites, coupled with the reduced cost of building and launching the Nano satellites, have opened up great potential for African countries. These developments carry the potential to play a major role for Geospatial Science and Technology and Geoinformation-based policy decisions. There is a concerted effort at the continent level to harness these opportunities. Examples include the AfriGEOSS program, developed within the GEO framework, to improve the uptake of Earth Observations in decision-making in Africa. Also, the African Space Policy and Strategy approved at the 2016 African Union Assembly, aims at using space science and technology to derive desired socio‚Äźeconomic benefits aimed at improving citizen quality of life; creating wealth; and, developing and maintaining the requisite infrastructure and capability to serve the African market.
This panel session is a follow-up to the October 2017 AfriGEOSS side-event during the GEO-XIV Plenary. Panelists will review some of the key issues arising from the AfriGEOSS side-event, and further discuss opportunities for increased collaboration among the African Diaspora in North America and others with significant interest in African Geospatial research and outreach. This should allow for enhanced synergy and cross-collaboration between African researchers and educational institutions on one hand, and their counterparts in North America. The outcome will include suggestions and action points to facilitate the role of African Diaspora in contributing to the use of Earth observations to achieve the 2030 SDGs and 2063 African Union agenda for socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Henry Bulley CUNY BMCC 15
Discussant Francis Koti University of North Alabama 15
Panelist Samuel Adu-Prah Sam Houston State University 15
Panelist Benjamin Ofori-Amoah Western Michigan University 15

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