Global Earth Observation – a new tool for sustainable development
Global Earth Observation, which provides a comprehensive overview of what is
happening in the environment, offers important benefits in a wide range of areas.
For example, in agriculture it can help agri-business boost yields by spotting where
fertiliser needs to be applied. Now the GEO-BENE (Global Earth Observation –
Benefit Estimation: Now, Next and Emerging) project is carrying out the world’s first
systematic study of the benefits of Global Earth Observation.
GEO-BENE brings together 12 partners from 5 EU countries plus
Switzerland, South Africa and Japan with the aim of developing methods
and tools designed to clarify the economic and social benefits of
Global Earth Observation. From this, policies can be defined to support
the implementation of international agreements on sustainable
development in a range of fields.
The project covers nine areas: disasters, health, energy, climate, water,
weather, ecosystems, agriculture, and biodiversity.