Obama Administration Pledges Support for Sharing Earth Observation Data

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White House gives shout-out to GEO.

Image credit: Bonnie Cotier.

Image credit: Bonnie Cotier.

On the White House website this week, Timothy Stryker, director of the U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program (part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy), gave a shout-out of support for the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations, which met the previous week in Geneva, Switzerland, for its 11th Plenary. Stryker wrote:

Open, machine-readable, and interoperable Earth observation data collected and shared by GEO member nations and organizationsåÊis a valuable resourceåÊfor governments, organizations, researchers, firms, and individuals around the world. Farmers benefit from improved weather systems and crop data, flood managers benefit from improved elevation data, and disaster relief managers benefit from improved mapping of rural landscapes and infrastructure.

You can read the rest of his statement here.

USGEO has created this “story map” to show the range of work undertaken by the group in service of data gathering and sharing.