Trends.Earth is an online platform that monitors "land degradation" — the reduction or loss of the biological or economic productivity of land. Using satellite imagery and global data, Trends.Earth can identify degraded areas and help decision-makers improve them. Piloted in four African countries, the tool can now be used anywhere in the world.
The Sustainable Development Goals aim to achieve "land-degradation neutrality" - where the quality of land resources remains stable or increases - by 2030. Trends.Earth can support countries in achieving land-degradation neutrality. Without it, our future is not sustainable.
Anyone can use Trends.Earth and access its data, from donors and policymakers to the general public.
International organizations, government agencies and researchers are already using the tool to address specific questions related to land degradation neutrality and food security. Access to Trends.Earth is completely free and exists on an open-source platform, which allows users to redistribute and modify the software for personal use.
The platform was created through a partnership between Lund University, NASA and Conservation International's Vital Signs program.
Funding for Trends.Earth was provided by the Global Environment Facility.