What is GEOSS?: The Global Earth Observation System of Systems
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ACCESS. CONNECTING. USERS.
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems will
provide decision-support tools to a wide variety of
users. As with the Internet, GEOSS will be a global
and fl exible network of content providers allowing
decision makers to access an extraordinary range of
information at their desk.
This ‘system of systems’ will proactively link together
existing and planned observing systems around the
world and support the development of new systems
where gaps currently exist. It will promote common
technical standards so that data from the thousands of
different instruments can be combined into coherent
The ‘GEOPortal’ offers a single Internet access point
for users seeking data, imagery and analytical software
packages relevant to all parts of the globe. It connects
users to existing data bases and portals and provides
reliable, up-to-date and user friendly information –
vital for the work of decision makers, planners and
emergency managers. For users with limited or no
access to the Internet, similar information is available
via the ‘GEONETCast’ network of telecommunication satellites.
SYNERGIES. BENEFITS. SOLUTIONS.
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems
is simultaneously addressing nine areas of critical
importance to people and society. It aims to empower
the international community to protect itself against
natural and human-induced disasters, understand the
environmental sources of health hazards, manage energy
resources, respond to climate change and its impacts,
safeguard water resources, improve weather forecasts,
manage ecosystems, promote sustainable agriculture
and conserve biodiversity.
GEOSS coordinates a multitude of complex and
interrelated issues simultaneously. This cross-cutting
approach avoids unnecessary duplication, encourages
synergies between systems and ensures substantial
economic, societal and environmental benefits.
GEOSS: PROVIDING SOLUTIONS
Forecasting meningitis outbreaks
Improving climate observations in Africa
Supporting disaster management in
Central and South America