OES Earthzine operates under the auspices of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and is funded by it. Previously, Earthzine was largely funded by grants through NASA as a contribution to GEO by the United States. Founded in 2005, the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) is an international collaboration between nations and organizations whose mission is to make Earth observation … Read More

Dispatches from GEO XIII: New GEOSS Portal Intended to Engage Researchers and Public

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The new GEOSS Portal has been launched, and the renovated interface offers GIS tools and mapping layers intended for everyone from researchers to journalists and the general public. The power of maps is that they can communicate complex concepts in a single image. For an international organization like the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), maps offer a way to generate … Read More

GEOSS Future Products: Recommendations from a Workshop

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A discussion of outcomes from the 2013 ‰ÛÏGEOSS Future Products Workshop‰Û held at the NOAA Science Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The focus was on connecting Sensor Webs to Model Webs to generate a wide portfolio of on-demand and near real-time products accessible through citizen-oriented applications for diverse types of GEOSS users.

GEOWOW: GEOSS Interoperability for Weather, Ocean and Water

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GEOWOW logo The GEOWOW project aims to improve data discovery, access and usage and evolve GEOSS in terms of interoperability, standardization and functionality while specifically addressing three key application areas: weather, water and, ocean-ecosystems. The project includes 15 international partners and is coordinated by the European Space Agency.

A Look at AfriGEOSS

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From the cover of a Bioenergy Atlas for Africa brochure. Credit: GEO.To promote data democracy and sharing to improve access, AfriGEOSS will encourage collaboration between academic institutions, emphasize the development of open-source software and open systems, and strengthen the understanding of individuals and institutions of technology limitations, proper dissemination methods and relevant software tools.

A GEOSS perspective on Air Quality and Health in Europe: the EGIDA Methodology

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Photo of traffic in Europe with visible fumes escaping the cars. Credit" Sergiy Serdyuk

Photo of traffic in Europe with visible fumes escaping the cars. Credit" Sergiy SerdyukThe air quality issue is a multinational concern and GEOSS seems an ideal approach for connecting existing observing systems and for sharing data globally. Experiences from previous involvements in GEOSS by the air quality communities are discussed in this article and approaches for improving their sustainable contributions are suggested.

Web Services for Forest Data, Analysis and Monitoring: Developments from EuroGEOSS

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Screenshot from the Eurogeoss web map viewer

Screenshot from the Eurogeoss web map viewerImproving web-based forest analysis and modeling tools is key to sharing accurate and up-to-date knowledge. But as the methods for sharing increase, so too must the desire for preventing model-based errors and a dependence on one technology. As is the case in many scenarios, a multi-disciplinary approach is best.