The Sustainable Development Goals need geoscience

  title={The Sustainable Development Goals need geoscience},
  author={Murray W. Scown},
  journal={Nature Geoscience},
  pages={714 - 715}
  • M. Scown
  • Published 26 October 2020
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature Geoscience
To the Editor — The United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the global strategy for achieving a better future for all. Yet, the Earth subsystems required to support the SDGs have been largely ignored. The agenda overlooks the spatial boundaries and geophysical processes of Earth subsystems such as river basins and coastal deltas, and the consequences of environmental feedbacks on the SDGs remain a key knowledge gap1. The problem stems in part from… 

Water security in sub‐Saharan Africa: Understanding the status of sustainable development goal 6

The world is nearing the 2030 target‐year by which sustainable development goals (SDGs) should be achieved. While other developing regions seem to be making progress toward achieving SDG6,

Reproducibility in Subsurface Geoscience

Reproducibility, the extent to which consistent results are obtained when an experiment or study is repeated, sits at the foundation of science. The aim of this process is to produce robust findings

Fossil Energy in the Framework of Sustainable Development: Analysis of Prospects and Development of Forecast Scenarios

In the next 20 years, the fossil energy must become a guarantor of the sustainable development of the energy sector for future generations. Significant threats represent hurdles in this transition.

Deep Learning and Earth Observation to Support the Sustainable Development Goals

Current deep learning approaches for Earth observation data, along with their application towards monitoring and achieving the SDGs most impacted by the rapid development of deep learning in Earth observation, are reviewed.

Opening up

  • Medicine
    Nature Geoscience
  • 2021
From January 2021, authors will now have the option to publish their research open access.

Identify the Impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on Watershed Sediment and Water Yields Dynamics

The construction of large-scale water reservoir facilities in transboundary river basins always arouses intense concern and controversy. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under construction



Key knowledge gaps to achieve global sustainability goals

Regional and global assessments periodically update what we know, and highlight what remains to be known, about the linkages between people and nature that both define and depend upon the state of

Environmental destruction not avoided with the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development. Here, we compare SDG indicators to a suite of external measures, showing

Projections of declining fluvial sediment delivery to major deltas worldwide in response to climate change and anthropogenic stress

Deltas are resource rich, low-lying areas where vulnerability to flooding is exacerbated by natural and anthropogenically induced subsidence and geocentric sea-level rise, threatening the large

Impacts of international trade on global sustainable development

The United Nations has adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets. International trade has substantial influences on global sustainability and human well-being. However, little

Sustainability rooted in science

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals emphasize the importance of evidence-based decision-making. This is a clarion call for Earth scientists to contribute directly to the health,

Deploy diverse renewables to save tropical rivers

A strategic mix of solar, wind and storage technologies around river basins would be safer and cheaper than building large dams, argue Rafael J. P. Schmitt, Noah Kittner and colleagues.A strategic

Income-based variation in Sustainable Development Goal interaction networks

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to change the way we live, and aim to create, by 2030, a sustainable future balancing equitable prosperity within planetary

Impacts of 25 years of groundwater extraction on subsidence in the Mekong delta, Vietnam

It is found that subsidence related to groundwater extraction has gradually increased in the past decades with highest sinking rates at present, and is likely to increase in the near future.