SatSummit 2024
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Michelle Sims

GIS Research Associate at World Resources Institute. She/Her.


Michelle Sims is a GIS Research Associate with Global Forest Watch (GFW) and Land and Carbon Lab (LCL). Her primary research projects include developing machine learning models to classify drivers of forest loss, mapping natural lands for zero-conversion target setting, and contributing to GFW's living report on forests, the Global Forest Review. She is also LCL’s research lead on biodiversity data and contributes to the WRI's State of Climate Action report and Systems Change Lab, focusing on land-based measures to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Previously, Michelle worked at environmental non-profits Washington, DC and Guatemala. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

On the agenda

  1. Monitoring the State of Nature

    May. 16, 01:15pm
    The North Hub

    Our need to understand biodiversity pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with remote sensing. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has set ambitious targets for every country to meet by 2030, but 75% of the indicators don’t have data to monitor them. Companies are being asked to disclose biodiversity impacts but don’t know where to start, and the reality of conservation on the ground is always more complicated. Join us for a lively discussion on the state of the art, and the need for better mapping of biodiversity, ecosystem conditions, and nature’s value to people.


    1. Francis Gassert


    1. Seamus Lombardo, PhD
    2. Michelle Sims
    3. Woody Turner
    4. Mabel Baez Schon, PhD

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  1. NASA Lifelines


  1. Element84

  2. Esri

  3. Impact Observatory

  4. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)