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Senior Digital Technology Specialist (Earth Observation), Digital Technology for Development Division, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank
Paolo Manunta specializes in Earth Observation, online Geographic Information Systems, and Spatial Data Infrastructure. He joined ADB in 2017 as a secondee from the European Space Agency, and became staff in 2022 to continue his projects, deploying a wide range of applications for disaster reduction, climate change mitigation, AI for land use, and coastal planning. To ensure financial sustainability in ADB developing member countries, Dr. Manunta promotes ADB digital solutions in collaboration with partners from Europe and Asia–Pacific.
A national standardized spatial data infrastructure offers insights for sustainable and resilient land resource management and smart city planning.
Satellite data was used in climate proofing water supply and wastewater facilities in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city.