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 Contributions to GEOSS

GEOSS envisions a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information. GEOSS will meet the need for timely, quality long-term global information as a basis for sound decision making, and will enhance delivery of benefits to society.

The project contributes to GEOSS by:

  • Supporting the work of GEOSS Architecture and Data Committee and the development of the INSPIRE technical implementing rules.
  • Offering initial operating capacities in three societal benefit areas (Forest, Biodiversity, Drought) to GEOSS and establishing a bridge between them through a multidisciplinary approach and cross-cutting research issues.
  • Developing and sharing best practices and means for interoperability.
  • Sharing the European experiences with developing countries, e.g. in Africa, thus helping them benefit more fully from GEOSS.
  • Assessing the economic value of GEOSS through cost-benefit analysis and identifying ways to sustain operational capacities in the near future,
  • Engaging the scientific community more fully in the construction of GEOSS and develop further our understanding of the Earth system and of the GEO societal benefit.
With respect to the GEO Work Plan 2009-2011, EuroGEOSS contributes to the following tasks:

Building an integrated GEOSS


AR-09-01: GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI)

a: Enabling deployment of a GEOSS architecture (co-lead)

b: GEOSS architecture implementation pilot



AR-09-02: Inteoperable systems for GEOSS

d: Model Web development


Data management

DA-09-01: Data management

b: Data, metadata, products harmonisation and quality assurance



DA-09-02: Data integration and analysis

a: Data integration and analysis systems


Science and technology

ST-09-01: Catalyzing R&D funding for GEOSS

ST-09-02: Create incentives and promote GEO in S&T communities

2a: Get GEO/GEOSS better acknowledged

2c: Interface with S&T communities

2d: Ensure state-of-the-art technology in the GCI and observation infrastructure

2e: Enhance registration of scientific data sets


User engagement

US-09-02: Socio-economic indicators

a: Socio-economic benefits of GEO and GEOSS (co-lead)



US-09-03: Cross-cutting products and services

b: Forest mapping and change monitoring

Societal benefits areas


WA-06-02: Droughts, floods and water resource management

b: Impacts from drought

d: Prototype regional drought early warning



EC-09-01: Ecosystem observation and monitoring network (GEO EcoNet)

a: Ecosystem classification and mapping

d: Protected areas assessment and monitoring



BI-07-01: Developing a biodiversity observation network

a: Biodiversity observation network (GEO BON)