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EU survey on Earth observation in a global context:
A public consultation on possible EU actions in relation to global coordination of Earth observations via the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Policy field(s)
Research and Innovation
Target group(s)
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from public authorities, research organisations, relevant business sector including SMEs, non-governmental organisations, interest groups, socio-economic partners and civil society interested in the global context of Earth observation.
Period of consultation
From 26.01.2015  to 20.04.2015
Objective of the consultation

This survey builds on consultations conducted by the European Commission in 2013 and 2014 with the aim to provide the state of play regarding the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) during the last ten years. As an outcome of these previous consultations (see reference documents accessible from this survey), several preliminary issues and possible actions at EU level have been identified in view of accelerating the evolution of the GEOSS into a system that could effectively contribute to EU policies, generate business opportunities for the EU industry and bring benefits to European society as a whole.

Through this EU public consultation, the European Commission is actively seeking contributions by all those in Europe interested in the global context of Earth observation in order to help:

  • estimate general awareness of and stance on Earth observations (EO), GEO and GEOSS;
  • appreciate how to maximize EU benefits from an increased Earth observation coordination through GEO;
  • collect views on a set of possible actions at EU level in the field of global Earth observation and GEO.

View the questionnaire

You can preview/print a PDF version of the online questionnaire ( 200 KB) to help you to prepare your response.

Reference documents
Contact details
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Unit I.4, Climate Action and Earth Observations

Postal address:

European Commission
DG Research & Innovation - Unit I4
Climate Action and Earth Observations
B-1049 Brussels

Results of consultation and next steps
Here is a report on the consultation ( 2.6 MB)including a complete analysis of the replies.