The Future of Earth Observation – GEO-X

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At the Group on Earth Observations’ 10th Plenary and Ministerial Summit in Switzerland, Jan. 12-17, delegates from 90 countries and 77 international organizations charted a course for a second decade of “unleashing the power of open data to improve the quality of life for people everywhere.” Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson was there, providing live coverage of this historic event.

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.

European Efforts to Verify GHG Emissions Reporting

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Screenshot from Europe's ground-based Integrated Carbon Observatory System . Credit: ICOS Atmospheric Thematic Center

Cropped image of an emissions report. Growing awareness of the deficiencies of today’s greenhouse gas inventories is inspiring innovation by scientists, policymakers and activists. There is growing hope for ‰ÛÏtop-down‰Û schemes based on rapid and even real-time measurement of atmospheric greenhouse gases. Now the push is on to install ground and satellite-based instruments.

Putting a Value on Geospatial Data

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Participants in the 2012 workshop. Image Source: Courtesy Jay Pearlman.

Participants in the 2012 workshop. Image Source: Courtesy Jay Pearlman.The use of geospatial data can spell economic gains for governments and the private sector, while satellite-based early warning systems provide a public good. But, for scientists, defining and communicating the benefits of geospatial data is not always an easy task. A recent GEOSS workshop highlighted the need for further collaboration between earth scientists, economists and social scientists.

Colombian Students Shine Spotlight on Societal Benefit Areas

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St. George‰Ûªs School in BogotÌÁ, Colombia logo

St. George's School in BogotÌÁ, Colombia logoThe Earth Observation Poster Project at St. George’s School in BogotÌÁ, Colombia, began as an in-depth reading initiative with the idea of having 11th grade students (the final year of high school) read about Earth observation technology and participate in an online videoconference with Earthzine Editor-in-Chief Paul Racette to enhance their reading experience.