The value of Earth Observation in a changing world

The value of Earth Observation in a changing world

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Several EU-funded Earth observation projects will join discussions on global Earth Observation initiatives at the GEO-XIV week in October 2017 in Washington DC. 

On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together in Washington, D.C. for the GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'. With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of Earth Observation in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

EuroGEOSS: tailoring Earth Observation services to Europe's needs

The European GEO Caucus will hold its meeting, followed by the launch of the EuroGEOSS regional initiative on the occasion of the Plenary meeting in Washington. The initiative will be an application/service oriented framework. The aim is to focus on delivering knowledge for the achievement of the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other GEO engagement priorities in a European context. The side event will be the occasion to present EuroGEOSS. It will include the presentation of concrete European applications/services falling under the scope of EuroGEOSS. It will also be an opportunity to discuss collaboration with other Regional initiatives.

Check the GEO-XIV's website for more information. 

9 Horizon 2020 Earth Observation projects managed by EASME will be at the GEO week's side events 

AtlantOS is working towards an integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System to enhance our knowledge of the ocean thus contributing to Europe’s Blue Growth agenda.

ECOPOTENTIAL is looking into how earth observation data can be best used for the conservation, management and restoration of both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

GEO CRADLE is coordinating and integrating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and developing links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS. 

GROUND TRUTH 2.0 is delivering the demonstration and validation of six scaled-up citizen observatories in real, operational conditions, with four European and two African demonstration cases. 

The GROW Observatory (GROW) is a European-wide project engaging thousands of growers, scientists and others passionate about the land. It aims at improving the management of soil, while contributing to vital scientific environmental monitoring.

LANDSENSE is building an innovative citizen observatory in the field of Land Use Land Cover (LULC), which collects data and integrates them to provide valuable quality-assured in-situ data for SMEs, larger businesses, government agencies, NGOs and researchers. 

NEXTGEOSS is a European contribution to GEOSS. It proposes the development of an innovative hub for Earth Observation data, where the users can connect to access data and deploy EO-based applications. The project has a special focus on encouraging and stimulating data exploitation by businesses.

SCENT is enabling citizens to become the ‘eyes’ of the policy makers by monitoring land-cover/use changes in their everyday activities. This will be done through a constellation of smart collaborative technologies delivered by the SCENT toolbox.

SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) uses Earth Observation data to generate mapping products and indicators of wetlands. Timely observations will allow for dynamic monitoring of wetland conditions and changes (and their drivers) on a large spatial and temporal scale. The generated outcomes are demonstrated for a range of selected wetlands in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Interested in current funding opportunities on Earth Observation? Check the draft Horizon 2020 Work programme 2018-2020

Check all the Horizon 2020 projects dealing with Earth Observation:



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