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Architecture: Strategic Target

Before 2015, GEO aims to:

Achieve sustained operation, continuity and interoperability of existing and new systems that provide essential environmental observations and information, including the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) that facilitates access to, and use of, these observations and information.

This will be achieved through:

Provision of long-term, continuous data and its periodic reanalyses with improved understanding which are:

  • fundamental for better comprehension of the Earth system;
  • dependent on operational support for component systems by GEO Members and Participating Organizations, including:

improved systems; new instrumentation and measurement techniques; the establishment and maintenance of baseline sites for global in-situ networks and data validation;

  • of a quality appropriate to meet user needs;

Identification of effective national coordination mechanisms across both observation-provider and observation-user communities;

Coordination at national, regional and global levels for linking and enhancing Earth observing and information systems;

Development of a framework to ensure data continuity, including the smooth transition from research to operational systems;

Adoption and advocacy of a comprehensive approach to global Earth observation systems, recognizing in particular the value of complementarity and integration of the surface- and subsurface-based, airborne and space-based components of GEOSS;

Securing the long-term use and protection of all parts of the radio frequency spectrum needed for its space-based and surface-based components;

Promotion of consistent standards and practices for observations across all earth systems by means of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) which will:

  • consist of web-based portals, clearinghouses for searching data, information and services, registries and other capabilities supporting access to GEOSS components, standards, and best practices;
  • provide the framework and operational interfaces for comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained observations of the Earth system, including space, airborne and in-situ systems;
  • be constituted and populated by resources contributed from GEO Members and Participating Organizations, who will make best efforts to ensure sustained operation of the core components and related information infrastructure;
  • maintain a process for interoperability that supports effective access to, exchange of and use of data, metadata and products across all GEOSS components, as identified in the appropriate GCI registries.

This will be demonstrated by:

  • Deployment, population, and enablement of sustained operations and maintenance of a user-friendly and user-accessible GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI), including the core components and functions that link the various resources of GEOSS.
  • Coordinated planning and sustained operation of national, regional and global observing and information systems within an interoperability framework.
  • Continual improvement in observations and information available to users through the transition of research outcomes and systems into operational use, and through an optimal mix of space-based, airborne and in-situ observing platforms.
  • Increased efficiency in the operation of observational systems through convergence among global, regional and national facilities.
  • Comprehensive gap analysis and gap filling, integrated across all Societal Benefit Areas, including issues pertaining to operational redundancy and succession planning (especially with respect to space missions) for systems and products.

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