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CEO paper wins multiple awards

CEO paper wins multiple awards

The Collect Earth Online (CEO) team is pleased to share that the manuscript Collect Earth: An online tool for systematic reference data collection in land cover and use applications has won multiple prestigious awards.

This peer-reviewed manuscript introduced CEO to the world as a free and open source tool for land monitoring. The paper describes the underlying technology behind CEO and describes the tool as a robust, integrated approach for data collection in collaborative settings that meets key reference data collection requirements for practitioners.

the ceo paper
The award winning CEO manuscript.

🎇 Awards Presented

The two awards recognize the significant contribution made by CEO to the scientific advancement of the environmental monitoring fields.

The first Award recognizes papers published in Environmental Modelling & Software (EMS) in a given year (2019 in this case) that received the highest numbers of citations in the following three years (2019-2021 in this case).

The CEO Most Cited award.
The award presented for most cited paper.

The second Award recognizes papers published in EMS in a given year that received the highest numbers of downloads in the following three years including the year of publication (2019-2021 in this case).

The CEO most downloaded award.
The award presented for most downloaded paper.

EMS announced the winners in two blog posts, one for the most cited papers and another for the most downloaded papers.

If you would like to read the paper, it is available for free online.

🎉 The Impact of CEO

The 2019 publication of the manuscript announcing CEO presented a case study using CEO for reference data collection in Myanmar. Since that time, CEO has helped many different communities of practice.

A recent survey of CEO users from over 58 countries found that CEO has attracted a global community of users who rely on the platform to drive high-impact work monitoring deforestation and other types of land use change. Some of the ways CEO is being used include:

CEO would like to thank its ongoing funders FAO, NASA–USAID SERVIR, and SilvaCarbon, a US government program. Thanks also to CEO’s technology partners: Norway’s International Climate & Forests Initiative for funding open high-resolution data availability; Planet for providing high-resolution imagery; and the Google Earth Engine team for creating a platform for Earth science data and analysis.

Collect Earth Online is working constantly to improve the user experience, and your feedback is invaluable. If you have ideas to share, please write to

Thank you!