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  2011-2013 Report on Progress

Report on Progress 2011-2013 (2014)

GEO Members and Participating Organizations continue to improve and coordinate observation systems across the nine Societal Benefit Areas of agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water and weather. The organization is a strong advocate for broad, open data-sharing policies and practices, as well as for the increased use of Earth observation (EO) data and information. Further, GEO continues to focus significant effort on building both human and technological capabilities to ensure that all parts of the world can benefit from better access to, understanding, and use of EO data, information and services. Click on the image on the right to download the report.



GEO-X 4-page flyer  

GEO Fact Sheet (2014)

For developed and developing nations battling drought and disease, emergency managers making evacuation decisions, farmers making planting choices, companies evaluating energy costs, and coastal communities concerned about sea-level rise, there is a vital global and regional need to get ahead of the curve – to provide new analytical tools, access to timely data, and forecasts about emerging threats that enable wise choices in a changing world.

For nearly a decade, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has been driving the interoperability of many thousands of individual space-based, airborne and in situ Earth observations around the world. Often these separate systems yield just snapshot assessments, leading to critical gaps in scientific understanding. GEO is addressing such gaps by providing easy, open access to organized observations that enable an increasingly integrated view of our changing Earth. For sound science to shape sound policy, leaders and other decision-makers require this fuller picture as an indispensable foundation of sound decision-making. The flyer can be downloaded by clicking on the image on the left.





D_City manifesto

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has sponsored two print runs of the D_City manifesto: the world’s first comprehensive ‘snapshot’ report on efforts to create a networked environmental monitoring system. Click on the image to access this publication as an e-book.




Geneva Ministerial Summit flyer  

Geneva Ministerial Summit flyer (2014)

The "Geneva Ministerial Summit flyer" provides an exerpt of recent GEO achievements that use analytical tools, to access timely data, and forecasts emerging threats that enable wise choices in a challenging world. The GEO achievements decsribed, address several societal challenges, as well as build technical capacity, develop information infrastructure and standards, and provide better access to data. The flyer can be downloaded by clicking on the image on the left.





  Crafting geoinformation: the art and science of Earth observation, pdf, 11MB

Crafting geoinformation

“Crafting geoinformation: the art and science of Earth observation” takes the reader behind the scenes to watch how environmental data is gathered, processed, integrated and transformed into information for decision making. This full-color, image-driven publication was launched at the Beijing Ministerial in November 2010 and can be downloaded by clicking on the image on the right.




The GEO "Report on Progress" provides an overview of the advances made by GEO from 2005 through 2010, pdf, 5 MB  

GEO Report on Progress

The GEO "Report on Progress" provides an overview of the advances made by GEO from 2005 through 2010 in launching and developing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS. It includes brief descriptions of the contributions made to GEOSS by hundreds of government agencies and national and international agencies and organizations. The report can be downloaded by clicking on the image on the left.




  The Full Picture, pdf, 18 MB

GEO brochure

“Observing the Earth and monitoring its host of complex systems is a role no one organization masters. GEO is providing the structure and opportunity for governments and organizations to actively seek better solutions for our changing planet. GEOSS as an emerging public infrastructure could prove as essential to economic and social progress in the 21st century as new transport and communications systems were in the 20th.” José Achache, GEO Secretariat Director. Read the GEO brochure




GEO Information Kit  

GEO Information Kit

The GEO Information Kit is a collection of information sheets published in February 2008. The first two introductory sheets describe the Group on Earth Observations, and the “system of systems”, or GEOSS, that it is constructing. The next nine sheets explain the “Societal Benefit Areas”, or SBAs, which provide a convenient reference-frame for understanding GEO and GEOSS. None of these areas, of course, exists in isolation: much of the value of GEOSS lies in its ability to integrate information across disciplines. This collection therefore concludes with several sheets on issues that cut across, and are relevant to, all of the Societal Benefit Areas. Read the GEO Information Kit.


  The Full Picture, pdf, 18 MB

The Full Picture

Launched in November 2007, the Full Picture is a full-colour publication detailing selected Early Achievements and other Earth observation projects and services. You can download "The Full Picture" by clicking on the image on the left.





The First 100 Steps to GEOSS

The Early Achievements that governments and organizations had contributed to GEOSS as of 2007 have each been summarized in a two-page brief and collected in a document entitled “The First 100 Steps to GEOSS”.