Earth Institute Research Projects

Socioeconomic Data and Applications Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for the EOS Data and Information System

Lead PI: Dr. Robert S. Chen , Dr. Alexander de Sherbinin , Mr. Sritharan Vinayagamoorthy

Unit Affiliation: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

August 2018 - July 2023
Project Type: Research Outreach

DESCRIPTION: SEDAC, the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, is one of the Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) in the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Focusing on human interactions in the environment, SEDAC has as its mission to develop and operate applications that support the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data and to serve as an "Information Gateway" between earth sciences and social sciences. NASA has funded 2 years of a 5.5-year contract through July 2023.

OUTCOMES: SEDAC provides access to hundreds of interdisciplinary data sets and associated tools and services for research and applications related to human-environment interactions and the use of remote sensing. SEDAC data have been cited in more than 4,500 scientific articles and are widely used in other data sets, decision support tools, and applications.


NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center



geospatial data soil datasets data management earthquake risk management socioeconomic scenarios observed climate impacts population distribution ecosystem health hazard risk disasters seismic hazard maps environmental sustainability hazard mitigation geoinformatics remote sensing demography child mortality natural disaster geographic information system (gis) demographic data renewable energy anthropogenic emissions map-based discovery remote sensing data rural development water pollution climate adaptation sea level rise extreme poverty urban poverty united nations energy infrastructure geographic location mangroves urbanization information sharing fertilizer social vulnerability nuclear energy agricultural production emergency management rural populations climate information vegetation cover ecological assessment climate data disaster risk natural hazards flood risk estimation food security pollutants satellite remote sensing global climate change population global warming vulnerability assessment disaster risk management crop yields coastal vulnerability freshwater environmental stress electricity use disease monitoring poverty earth science data ecological change flood hazards global sea level change spatial analysis conflict drought risk environmental change emissions satellite imagery risk mapping urban areas hazards earthquake hazards economic development malnutrition pollution hurricane risk climate impacts climate and security water availability energy flood mapping decision support open data air quality urban risk management sustainable development goals mortality rate earth observation food systems gender environmental security land use satellite data development volcanic hazard disaster risk reduction data integration land cover mapping sustainable development disaster studies climate change projections urban populations landslides indicators disaster mitigation nasa exposure assessment water resources ecosystem vulnerability food insecurity global footprint informatics systems hazardous waste migration human migration global database displacement data-driven decision making vector-borne disease future climate environment environmental hazard building footprints human development disease incidence mapping tool reservoirs environmental health climate risk interdisciplinary research


Stewardship of the planet