About Alejandro Coca-Castro

Candidate to Mphil/PhD in Geography at King’s College London with a recently completed MSc. in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management at the same institution. Sponsored by the CEIBA Foundation, which is one of the leading research centers of Complexity Studies in Colombia, Alejandro’s research is focused in modelling pan-tropical land cover and land-use trajectories of deforested areas. Being a former researcher/consultant at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, one of the CGIAR centers), Alejandro’s expertise includes the use of GIS, remote sensing and large data analysis for decision making in environmental and land-use policies at multiple scales.

Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge Remote Sensing archives

PhD student and King’s EOES member Alejandro Coca-Castro attended Europe’s premier geosciences event, The European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly, which was held in Vienna, Austria (April 24th – 28th, 2017). The main role of Alejandro’s attendance was to contribute to the EGU’s PICO session: “Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals with the huge Remote Sensing archives” with a 2-min- speed presentation of the preliminary results of the 1st year of his PhD at King’s. This blog post summarises the key context of the session as well as describing the main facts of Alejandro’s presentation.

Figure 1. Every year, the EGU holds a General Assembly in Vienna where different disciplines in geoscientific research (e.g. volcanology, atmosphere, climate, energy and the Earth’s resources) congregate. Source: EGU blog (2017).

Continue reading

Moving forward to a Global Observing System for Biodiversity

This piece is part of a series by the King’s EOES group reporting on the ‘Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?’ Symposium hosted by ZSL on Friday 29th April 2016.

By Alejandro Coca-Castro

What are the partners from the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) doing regarding the development of a Global Observing System for Biodiversity? Among their big challenges, the definition of Essential Biodiversity Variables Continue reading