What is EuroGEOSS?
EuroGEOSS is Europe's part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
It will allow Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation thanks to the vast knowledge gained through running the Copernicus programme and others.
GEOSS is a worldwide system which aims to use earth observation data to improve the lives of citizens and help governments make good, evidence-based decisions.
GEOSS is operated by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
GEO is a partnership of more than 100 national governments, 100 participating organisations and the European Commission.
GEO implements the GEOSS, the global Earth observation system of sytems. It envisions a future where decisions and measures for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.
To implement this vision, GEO has divided the world into five regional areas. Europe is one of them and EuroGEOSS is the framework to combine the contributions of European GEO members.
You can read more at the Group on Earth Observations website
Earth observation in Europe today
Earth observation in Europe is performed on a local, national and European level. It is based on a range of monitoring capacities including space-based, airborne, seaborne or land-based observation systems.
EuroGEOSS will help to provide a coherent picture in Europe by combining existing earth observation assets and initiatives.
You can find more information on Earth observation in Europe in the environment section of the research and innovation website.
Focusing on users – who will benefit?
The main challenge for GEO and for EuroGEOSS in particular, is to move from a data-centric approach to a user-driven one.
EuroGEOSS will better match the user-driven demand for Earth observation information.
It will mainly target four European user types
- European, national and local government decision makers/policy officers
- researchers and scientists performing environmental related analyses
- private-sector companies requiring Earth observation applications for market development and developing applications
- citizens who want to know more about their environment and surroundings (land development, air quality etc.)
Other regional GEO initiatives
You can contact EuroGEOSS at the email address RTD-EUROGEOSS@ec.europa.eu