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Seeking Mutual Benefits: Bringing Private Sector Partnerships to GEO

As part of its goals for the coming year, GEO is seeking to increase interactions with the private sector. In an interview with Earthzine, Geoff Sawyer of EARSC explains how partnerships can benefit both communities.

The Writer and the Scientist: Finding Inspiration

Earthzine’s Senior Science Writer Elise Mulder Osenga finds hope through her work in interviews with scientists.

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

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 […]

Dispatches from GEO XIII: A Talk with GEO’s New External Relations Manager Steven Ramage

In an interview with Earthzine, Steven Ramage, senior external relations manager, discusses his role with GEO and his vision for the future. Steven Ramage is the new Senior External Relations Manager for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The GEO XIII Plenary marks his first week on the job, but he is jumping into the […]

Dispatches from GEO XIII: A Chilly Perspective – GEO Considers Adding a Cold Regions Initiative

The 2016 GEO Plenary will vote on the addition of a Cold Regions Initiative. A field trip to the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Russia reveals the type of research under consideration and the importance of partnerships. Considering the amount of data a single slice yields, samples from the Vostok ice core look fairly […]

Dispatches from GEO XIII: Making Vanishing Forests Visible

Regional remote sensing has the capacity to support conservation initiatives at a local level. Partnerships such as those established through GEO can help. The Chaco Dry Forest in South America is losing habitat at a rate of roughly 1,500 hectares a day. This land clearing is driven by the profitability of soy and beef, and […]

GEO Plenary in Russia to Consider Pathway to Sustainable Development Goals

Now beginning its second decade as an organization, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) convenes its annual plenary meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, to consider how best to support the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Global Agenda.

Empowering Communities to Preserve Hawaiian Coasts

Community engagement enriches stewardship of Hawaiian natural resources.

Following the C: A Quick Introduction to Tracking Ocean Carbon

With the rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon’s role in ocean chemistry and biology is being augmented. New tracking and modeling techniques help to reveal how a changing atmosphere may impact the oceans. Carbon plays a leading role in ocean chemistry and biology, a role currently augmented by rising atmospheric concentrations of […]

Stepping into the SWOS Portal: How Coordination of Data Can Help Protect the World’s Vanishing Wetlands

The Earth has lost more than half of its wetland extent since 1900. The satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) is working to provide a data portal that will have real-world impacts, helping to track wetland degradation, identify pollution sources, and assess restoration strategies. Above: Landsat satellite image examples of the Sabkhat al Jabbulin in Syria, […]

Data to Decisions: GEO Value Plans Workshop for 2016

GEO Value seeks to build a case-based framework for transforming data to action at its March 2016 workshop.

XPrize Challenges Researchers to Explore the Great Depths of the Ocean

On the first day of AGU’s 2015 Fall Meeting, X-Prize keynote speakers announced a $7 million prize that challenges competitors to revolutionize underwater exploration and mapping of the deep ocean floor.