Category: GEO/GEOSS News

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.

PREPping Access to Climate Data

Through the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), a collaboration between public, private, and government sectors, open-source data may change the way the world approaches climate change.

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.

GEO Partners with WHO to Support Global Health

A new partnership between the Group on Earth Observations and the World Health Organization seeks to leverage their areas of expertise to promote use of Earth observing technologies in addressing global health challenges. In our complex and ever-changing world, satellite data provides life-saving information on tornadoes, landslides, and other atmospheric events. A new partnership seeks […]

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, […]

Georgia Water Resources: Groundwater Storage Change and Contamination Risks

The southeastern U.S. is experiencing groundwater decline, and the local geology in southeast Georgia has increased the risk of groundwater contamination, according to research from a NASA DEVELOP team. At the University of Georgia, a team of young scientists discovered that their region’s geology and contamination patterns can predict where pollution may affect groundwater, holding […]