The international goal of constructing GEOSS has been made possible by recent progress in the Earth sciences. It also rests on dramatic technological advances in observation instruments and data management. Scientists continue to invent new Earth observation and measurement techniques and to advance the power and quality of models.
GEOSS will return the favour to science by generating the comprehensive, near-real-time and integrated Earth observation data and information so vital to future scientific progress. It will also provide the framework and stability needed for ensuring long-term time series of observations, and it will help to identify gaps and overlaps in observations, research and systems development.
The science and technology community, then, is both a key sponsor and a key beneficiary of GEOSS.
The GEO Secretariat Expert responsible for Science & Technology is Doug Cripe .