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



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


Stewardship of the planet