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EuroGeoss Web Seminar: “The Earth’s Environment, Observations and Benefits”

A EuroGeoss Web Seminar on “The Earth’s Environment, Observations and Benefits” will focus on the benefits of improved decision-making on local and global scales. The event will last about an hour, with time for questions at the end. It will be presented by Steffen Fritz, Sabine Fuss and Ian McCallum.

Third Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World

Image of a wave.The third symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World will convene in autumn 2012 in Monterey, California. The symposium will explore the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles as well as cover socio-economic consequences of ocean acidification, including policy and management implications.

Announcement – IEEE Student Members’ Designs to Aid Humanitarian Efforts

Small image of power lines with a purple skyIEEE is sponsoring a Regional Student Design Competition for solutions to one of three humanitarian problems as part of the joint IEEE-United Nations Foundation Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC). HTC is a partnership among humanitarians, technologists, funders, and others, to develop implementable technological solutions to some key challenges facing humanitarian health and disaster workers today.

Announcement – GEO-IGOS Symposium: “The Need for Earth Observations: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

Cropped image of the national museum natural historyTo address the challenges of global environmental change, policy-makers and managers need timely access to weather forecasts, climate predictions, satellite images of land-use change, water-cycle data, biodiversity indicators, seismographic information, topographical maps and many other Earth observation products and services. The GEO-IGOS Symposium will explore how the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) can help to meet these critical user needs.

Announcement – NOAA: David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data

Image of the NEDIS LogoThe NOAA – David Johnson Award is presented by the National Space Club in honor of the first Administrator of what was to become the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). Nominations may be submitted for individuals or groups. If nominating a group, all members of the group should have been actively involved in the design and/or implementation of the application, and each must be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident.

Announcement – “How to Feed the World in 2050?” – Online Discussion on the FSN Forum from 16 September 2009

Image of World Summit on Food Security logoPlease join in on the online discussion of how we can ensure that enough food is available for and accessible to a growing world population. The results of this online debate will help prepare the High-Level Expert Forum on “How to Feed the World in 2050”, scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome this coming October.

Announcement – World Climate Conference-3 in Geneva 31 August – 4 September

Image showing the World Meteorological Organization's logoIn Geneva, Switzerland, earth information scientists and world leaders from 150 countries, the European Commission and many NGOs are attending the third World Climate Conference, the theme of which is “Climate prediction and information for decision-making”. The past two conferences, in 1979 and 1990, were groundbreaking in their impacts and more of the same is expected this year.

European Union Research Framework Moves GEOSS Forward

Cropped portrait of Dr. Zoran StancicIn Part 2 of Earthzine’s interview with Dr. Zoran Stančič, Earthzine probes how Europe’s current research initiatives support GEOSS. Dr. Stančič, Deputy Director General for research in the European Commission, shares his knowledge, experience and insight of EC’s support for GEOSS.

An Earthzine interview with Zoran Stančič, Deputy Director General of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research

Cropped image of Doctor Zoran StancicEarthzine presents Part 1 of an exclusive interview with Dr. Zoran Stančič. Dr. Stančič, Deputy Director General for research in the European Commission since 2004, brings a wealth of experience and insight into the EC’s support for GEOSS. Earthzine asks Dr. Stančič about the EC’s contribution to GEOSS and the benefits it brings to Europe.

“Guns, Germs and Steel” by Jared Diamond

Book review by Jay Pearlman Jared Diamond starts his book with a question from an acquaintance in New Guinea: “Why is it that you white people developed so much cargo and brought it to New Guinea, but we black people have little cargo of our own.” Whether the cargo is wealth, power, good medicines or […]

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