The Workshop on the Socio-economic Benefits of Geospatial Information/GEOSS is set to take place from June 12-14 in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is still open. Geospatial information, whether derived from Earth observation sources or elsewhere, can be an important tool in approaching the many challenges we face on the local, regional, and global level. Those include assessing food security, flooding, air quality, disasters, and more. Effective uses of this information can assist in decision-making to enhance the social and economic well-being of communities. The workshop, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Foothills Campus, will review quantitative and socioeconomic methods for assessing and communicating the value of geospatial information
For full text of the article, vitist The Latest on the Socio-economic Workshop in Boulder | Earthzine.
- Congressional Research Service Update to Federal GIS Report (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
by Helen Wood, Co-chair, Data Sharing Task Force, GEO News, Issue #15, July 20, 2011
The “GEOSS Data Sharing Action Plan” that was accepted last November by the GEO-VII Plenary and incorporated into the “Beijing Declaration” calls for the creation of the GEOSS Data Collection of Open Resources for Everyone. This emerging GEOSS Data-CORE is a distributed pool of documented datasets with full, open and unrestricted access at no more than the cost of reproduction and distribution. … The GEO Data Sharing Task Force (DSTF) has been tasked to identify the maximum possible datasets that qualify for the Data CORE and whose providers agree to make it available through GEOSS. …
The Task Force conducted a review of legal options for the exchange of data and developed a detailed document addressing legal options for the exchange of data, metadata, and products through the GEOSS Data-CORE.The review noted that the “legal interoperability” of data made available through the GEOSS Data-CORE is essential for the effective sharing of data in GEOSS. Legal interoperability for data means that the legal rights, terms, and conditions of databases provided by two or more sources are compatible and that the data may be combined by any user without compromising the legal rights of any of the data sources used. … The paper identifies an initial set of common-use licenses that meet all of the GEOSS Data-CORE conditions of access and unrestricted re-use of data. …
For full text of the article, visit GEO – Group on Earth Observations | GEO News issue #15 – article.
- Group on Earth Observations Tohoku-oki (Japan) earthquake supersite (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
3rd International Workshop on Validation of Geo-information for Crisis Management,18-19 Oct- JRC, Ispra, Italy
On November 23-25, 2009, ISFEREA Action of the Joint Research Center will organize and host an international workshop on Validation of geo-information products for crisis management in Ispra, Italy. The workshop will bring together leading scientists, technical experts and policy specialists from around the world, aiming to share experience and to start a professional network.
The increasing number of disasters threatening human safety has raised the attention of international community on management cycle prevention, preparedness, response, recovery . Lessons learned during the last decade have shown that geo-information availability and processing can play a key role providing an effective support across the decision-making process. The growing effort to use geo-information for disaster management produced relevant initiatives, e.g. the Global Earth Observation System of Systems GEOSS , the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security GMES and the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response UN-SPIDER .
From a technical point of view, the use of geo-information for emergency response poses significant challenges for spatial data collection, data management, information extraction and communication. On one hand, the delivery of rapid and updated but nevertheless reliable products to end-users is considered a high-priority topic by users and providers; on the other hand, in crisis situations, the delivered geo-information is often ingested by the users without having the opportunity to take care of its quality and accuracy.
Published May 17, 2011, By Falk Amelung, Lead, Task DA-09-01c on Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories Task, University of Miami, Florida, USA
The tragic 11 March 2011 earthquake offshore northern Japan (known as the Tohoku-oki earthquake) and the tsunami that followed left more than 27,000 dead or missing. The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters provided satellite imagery to support the rescue efforts. The GEO Geohazard Supersite went into action to collect Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) multispectral imagery as well as GPS and seismic data to better understand what exactly happened during the earthquake. Space agencies and other contributors to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) supported these and other actions.
34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
10-15 April 2011
The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring
We are proud to invite International Airborne Science Community Researchers and Platform Users to participate in the symposium as well as the annual meeting of ISPRS WG I/1: Standardization of Airborne Platform Interface which will be convened in conjunction with ISRSE34.
The Organizing Committee of the 34th International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) cordially invites you to visit Sydney and participate in what promises to be an excellent high quality Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment. The first of these Symposia was held in 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA under the direction of the Willow Run Laboratories of the University of Michigan and it has continued in a similar form ever since. The Symposia series is now guided by the international committee (ICRSE) comprising experts in the field of remote sensing who represent most of the world’s national space agencies. ISRSE has become one of the main forums for programmatic discussions on remote sensing components of the ‘Global Earth Observation system of Systems– GEOSS”, currently being implemented through the Group on Earth Observation GEO, which (at the time of preparation) is composed of 80 member countries, 58 participating organizations and 5 observers.
For more information and program via 34th International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment.
- India to launch advanced remote sensing satellite April 20 (news.bioscholar.com)
- State of Remote Sensing Law Conference Papers Online (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
by Richard Stone, Science Magazine, November 12, 2010
A veritable orchestra of Earth-observation systems is intended to make reams of data available and relevant to decision-makers. At the summit last week of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)—the organization attempting to get this ensemble performing in synchrony—initiatives were unveiled to monitor land-cover changes and forest carbon stocks. And GEO delegates embraced plans to funnel data from platforms tracking everything from biodiversity to earthquake risks into a free and open database.
For full text of the article, click here.
Science 12 November 2010:
Vol. 330 no. 6006 p. 902
Keywords: Forest Carbon, REDD, SERVIR, Disaster / Crisis Response, Biodiversity
- NASA, USAID Expand Environmental Monitoring System to Another Continent (prnewswire.com)
- White House Delivers Preliminary Plan for National Earth Observations (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- UK mulls Earth observing service (bbc.co.uk)
- Why Are We Going Blind in Space? (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- OGC Adopts Earth Observation Profile for Web-based Catalogue Services (eon.businesswire.com)
Next Generation Digital Earth: a position paper from the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science
This position paper is the outcome of a joint reflection by a group of international geographic and environmental scientists from government, industry, and academia brought together by the Vespucci Initiative for the Advancement of Geographic Information Science, and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It argues that the vision of Digital Earth put forward by Vice-President Al Gore 10 years ago needs to be re-evaluated in the light of the many developments in the fields of information technology, data infrastructures, and earth observation that have taken place since. It focuses the vision on the next-generation Digital Earth and identifies priority research areas to support this vision. The paper is offered as input for discussion among different stakeholder communities with the aim to shape research and policy over the next 5-10 years.