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G20 calls for GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative (GEO-GLAM)

GEO-GLAM: two farmers working in a rice fieldFirst proposed by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and various research centers in G20 countries, the Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative was launched at the Paris meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers in June 2011. The initiative forms part of the G20 Action Plan on Food Price Volatility, which also includes the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) initiative led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The G20 Ministerial Declaration that launched the Action Plan states that the GEO GLAM initiative “will strengthen global agricultural monitoring by improving the use of remote sensing tools for crop production projections and weather forecasting”. By providing coordinated Earth observations from satellites and validating them using in situ measurements, the initiative will deliver reliable, accurate, timely and sustained crop monitoring information and yield forecasts.

The initiative will be coordinated by the GEO Secretariat in Geneva and will build on GEO’s agricultural community of practice (CoP). Established in 2007, this global network now has over 300 members, including such key organizations and programs as the FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System, the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network, the Institute for Remote Sensing Applications of the China Academy of Sciences (Crop Watch), the European Commission’s JRC/MARS unit, and Agri-Food Canada, to name just a few.

The G20 Action Plan explicitly recommends that the G20 proposals on AMIS and GEO GLAM be linked together and coordinated. GEO fully agrees that the FAO-led AMIS initiative should be a direct beneficiary of – if not the key stakeholder in – GEO GLAM activities.

GEO hosted a planning meeting in Geneva on 22-23 September in order to develop an implementation plan with the GEO GLAM core partners. The participants consisted of 33 experts from 13 G20 members (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, and the United States) and four international organizations (CEOS, FAO, GEO, and WMO).

The meeting agreed on the importance of the initiative and the need to develop a detailed GEO-GLAM action plan. A progress report will be distributed to the G20 Agriculture national representatives in advance of the G20 Presidential Summit in November. GEO-GLAM will also be presented at regional and international events to create a larger awareness of the initiative among decision and policy makers. The initiative is also described in a Plenary document and will be presented to delegates at the GEO-VIII Plenary meeting in Istanbul in November.

Global Digital Elevation Model upgrade

US and Japan release upgraded Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM)

At 14,505 feet (4,421 meters) in elevation, California's Mt. Whitney, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the west side of Owens Valley, is the highest point in the contiguous United States. Image credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science TeamThe US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have produced a significantly improved version of the most complete digital topographic map of Earth. The two partners are jointly contributing the data for the ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model to GEOSS.

Version 2 of the ASTER GDEM was created from images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite. Stereo-pair images are produced by merging two slightly offset two-dimensional images to create the three-dimensional effect of depth. The first version of the map was released by NASA and METI in June 2009.

Version 2 adds 260,000 additional stereo-pair images to improve coverage. It features improved spatial resolution, increased horizontal and vertical accuracy, more realistic coverage over water bodies and the ability to identify lakes as small as 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) in diameter. The map is available online to users everywhere at no cost.

The ASTER data cover 99 percent of Earth's landmass and span from 83 degrees north latitude to 83 degrees south. Each elevation measurement point in the data is 98 feet (30 meters) apart.

For more information see the NASA press release or read a recent news clipping. Data users can download the ASTER global digital elevation model from the USGS or ERSDAC websites.

GEO Supersites and Natural Laboratories address eastern Turkey earthquake

Map of earthquake, Van - Turkey
Detail of COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) unwrapped interferogram (InSAR) map of displacements in the radar line-of-sight. Click the map to view the complete image and access additional information.

The GEO Supersite for Van, Turkey, is contributing to the scientific understanding of the Magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Turkey on 23 October. In particular, scientists are focusing on how the event changed the earthquake potential for neighboring faults.

Seismic data and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imagery are assisting the geohazards global community, whose work on this earthquake is being coordinated by the Tubitak Marmara Research Centre, to better understand the causes and impact of the earthquake. Fortunately, SAR data from the Italian Space Agency's Cosmo SkyMED were available just five days after the earthquake in the framework of the European Commission's SAFER FP7 Project. These images, together with critical Cosmo’s pre-seismic imagery, made it possible to develop a series of interferograms and displacement maps that confirmed the preliminary analysis that thrust faulting caused the event. They also helped field teams to identify the surface rupture.

Further details about the nature of the earthquake are expected shortly from the European Space Agency’s Envisat satellite. The German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) TerraSAR-X satellite will capture the relaxation effects of the Earth's crust in the weeks to months following the quake.

In addition, the various satellite data will have a crucial role in helping field teams to design new in-situ networks to better understand the earthquake and estimate future seismic risks. In particular, the COSMO products have been provided to field teams mapping the surface ruptures and to the seismologists revising their location estimates.

Third GEOSS African Water Cycle Symposium

The Symposium held in Libreville, Gabon, from 27 to 29 February, focused on the economic impact of satellite teledetection on water resource management and the green economy. GEO Secretariat Director José Achache discussed the event with CNBC Africa.

Secretariat Director José Achache discusses the Third GEOSS African Water Cycle Symposium

Minister Nihat Ergün at GEO-VIII

Opening remarks by H.E. Nihat Ergun, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology of Turkey. Click the image to download the full speech.

Background of blurred Opening Remarks to GEO-VIII with photo of H.E. Nihat Ergün, Minister Minister of Science, Industry and Technology in Turkey

5th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

The 5th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium was held from 2 to 4 April 2012 in Tokyo at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).

The Symposium, co-organized with GEO Japan and with the support of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), addressed the theme of “GEO Initiatives towards Green Growth in the Asia-Pacific Region,” particularly in the fields of Water, Biodiversity, Forests, Ocean and Agriculture.

Central to this theme was discussion on how GEOSS can contribute to the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). A “Tokyo Statement” was adopted to support the Rio+20 conference objectives.

Read full report here

GEOSS at Rio+20

GEOSS brochure for RIO+20 MeetingGEOSS at Rio+20


Ensuring full and open access to the data and information available through GEOSS can make a vital contribution to the goals of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.


GEO will raise awareness of GEOSS with an exhibition booth hosted at the Japan Pavilion in Athletes Park as well as through a number of seminars and panel discussions. For more information on these events and activities, please see GEO’s Rio+20 brochure

ASI contributes COSMO-SkyMed data to GEO Geohazard Supersites

The Italian Space Agency will make COSMO-SkyMed data available on Hawaii through the GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories Initiative. The COSMO-SkyMed data will contribute to build complete and compelling data sets on the Hawaii Supersites and will create a unique potential in the scientific field of volcanology.

A recently-completed research by JPL / NASA using Interferometric SAR from Cosmo-SkyMed data demonstrated its unprecedented ability to detect surface change over time, as well as its ability to provide additional insights into the dynamics of Hawaiian volcanism. (e.g., the March 2011 Kamoamoa fissure eruption at Kilauea).

The pictures show differential synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferograms

The pictures show differential synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferograms from ascending (left) and descending (right); each color cycle represents approximately 1.5 cm of relative surface displacement in the radar line of sight direction.

GEO-IX Plenary in Brazil

The Italian Space Agency will make COSMO-SkyMed data available on Hawaii through the GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories Initiative. The COSMO-SkyMed data will contribute to build complete and compelling data sets on the Hawaii Supersites and will create a unique potential in the scientific field of volcanology.

A recently-completed research by JPL / NASA using Interferometric SAR from Cosmo-SkyMed data demonstrated its unprecedented ability to detect surface change over time, as well as its ability to provide additional insights into the dynamics of Hawaiian volcanism. (e.g., the March 2011 Kamoamoa fissure eruption at Kilauea).

The pictures show differential synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferograms

The pictures show differential synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferograms from ascending (left) and descending (right); each color cycle represents approximately 1.5 cm of relative surface displacement in the radar line of sight direction.

Worldwide disaster management further strengthened by the International Charter

The International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ is further strengthening its contribution to disaster management worldwide.

logo International Charter Space & Major DisastersBuilding on a decade of success in making satellite data available to users for disaster response, the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters is now opening its doors even wider. Following a formal request from the GEO Secretariat, the Charter Members have adopted the principle of Universal Access. Any national disaster management authority will be able to submit requests to the Charter for emergency response. Proper procedures will naturally have to be followed, but the affected country will not have to be a Charter member.

GEO has been collaborating with the Charter since 2009 with a focus on disaster management users in GEO Member States. This collaboration concentrated on user awareness and methods to improve broader access to the Charter. For example, both the GEO Secretariat and GEO Principals have participated in the formal user- consultation events conducted in more than fifteen countries in Africa.

National disaster management authorities expressing an interest in participating in the Charter will be required to carry out a registration process to ensure conditions are properly met.

Steps and applicable conditions are explained in the Universal Access Information Brochure available together with a Registration form.

GEO commends the Charter for taking this important step because universal access is an excellent example of the added value that working with GEO can bring to global initiatives.

Successful GEO-IX Plenary in Brazil

GEO-IX meeting roomBrazil, through the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) has hosted the GEO-IX Plenary in the city of Foz do Iguacu, from 22 to 23 November 2012. Presentations and Statements given during GEO-IX are posted on the GEO-IX meeting web page

The highlights of the 2012 GEOSS implementation can be downloaded here


GEO-IX Side Events:

Several side events were organized during the week of 19-24 November in Brazil. The European Commission held a three day event - details can be found on this page.

Enhancements to the GEOSS infrastructure and benefits for agriculture, disaster management, health, energy and water were demonstrated by the Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-5). More info can be found here

IRENA launches the Global Atlas for Solar and Wind

IRENA Global Atlas WebGIS ClientThe Global Atlas is the largest ever initiative undertaken to assess renewable energy potential on a global scale. The initiative is coordinated by IRENA, and involves 39 countries. It provides high-quality resource maps from leading technical institutes worldwide, and simplified models for evaluating technical potential.

The system is entirely decentralized. Each country joining the Atlas may contribute datasets to the initiative through its national institute. The data layers and the web-services are hosted remotely, on the geo-servers of the project partners.

The Global Atlas is listed in the GEO Work Plan as an infrastructure key activity in the EN-01-C1 task-sheet: "Tools and Information for the Resource Assessment, Monitoring and Forecasting of Energy Sources". The success of the Global Atlas has benefit from GEOSS recommendations on interoperability and the respect of international standards (OGC/ISO). You can read the full article here

GEO addresses Earth Observations and Environmental Change at ISRSE35

Director General and Professor Guo Huadong and GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara J. Ryan at the 35th ISRSE meetingCo-organized by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the 35th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-35) was held in Beijing from 22 to 26 April, 2013.

ISRSE35 was hosted by the newly established Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), China.

GEO Secretariat Director, Barbara J. Ryan gave the opening talk titled “GEO - Building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)”. The meeting attracted more than one thousand scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs from many Earth Observation communities, all over the word.

GEO was involved in the meeting with three workshops, and 7 technical sessions, mainly GEO Agriculture (GEOGLAM), Disasters, Ecosystems, Forests (GFOI), Water, Infrastructure, EO Capacity Building and Resource Mobilization.

International Meeting on Food Security, Earth Observations and Agricultural Monitoring

Part of wheat map comparing 2013 vegetation index to the average from 2000 to 2012Part of a world map showing major growing regions of wheat in AMIS countries (click for full map)

Secure World Foundation (SWF), the European Commission (EC) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) are partnering this year to organize an international meeting under the banner "Food Security, Earth Observations and Agricultural Monitoring" . The purpose of this meeting is to assess the situation regarding global observational facilities, models and derived services needed to meet the demand in developed and developing countries regarding agricultural production.

The one-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday, November 21st 2013 at the premises of Secure World Foundation located on Rue de la Science 14B, 1040 Brussels.

GEO’s Global Agriculture Monitoring initiative (GEOGLAM) recently began producing Crop Monitor Assessments of growing conditions for wheat, maize, rice and soybeans for the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) Monthly Monitor. The AMIS publication is designed to improve market transparency and bring to the attention of policy makers emerging problems relating to food supplies and prices. The GEOGLAM initiative aims to enhance agricultural production estimates through the use of Earth observations, with timeliness and transparency. It was developed in response to the G20 Agricultural Ministers’ concern about reducing market volatility for the world’s major crops.

For more information on the event “Food Security, Earth Observations and Agricultural Monitoring", click here.

To see the draft conference programme click here.

To attend please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

GEO sponsors first printings of D_City report

Part of Auckland City rendered as a 3D image, used for planning of transport linksMasterplanning of Auckland's waterfront using data visualsation software adapted from modelling of America's Cup yachts [Nextspace]

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.

Warmly received by several hundred geospatial scientists attending the latest International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) conference in Kuching, Malaysia in September 2013, the D_City: Digital Earth | Virtual Nations | Data Cities report also is being commended by publishers and editors of the top three international geospatial trade publications (Geospatial World, Sensors and Systems and Apogeo Spatial), the science and development network (SciDev.Net), architecture book publishers Actar, and the quarterly journal for city governments (Cities Today). They are all supporting different aspects of the emerging ‘Science for Cities’ and ‘Data Cities’ movement.

Shortly before the ISDE conference, GEO and the ISDE issued a joint media release announcing GEO’s approval of the report, which was co-edited by two founders-leaders of the ISDE’s digital cities working party, Davina Jackson and Richard Simpson. They collaborated on D_City (the ‘D’ being defined as ‘dynamic digital data design for decent development’) to help educate next generation urban development professionals about effective ways of using geospatial technologies.

The D_City report can be read and downloaded at It has been online since early 2012. The current update includes a ‘Postscript’ summary of latest advances supporting the GEO-co-ordinated ‘global Earth observations system of systems’ (GEOSS) project. These recent ventures include the International Council for Science’s Future Earth project and programs promoting cities and the emerging ‘space economy’ at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Geospatial World has published an interview with D_City co-editor and ‘network catalyst’ Davina Jackson, on its ‘Asia Geospatial Digest‘ site.

Update on Geneva Ministerial Summit and GEO-X Plenary, Geneva Switzerland

International Conference Centre Geneva International Conference Centre Geneva

Preparations continue for the GEO-X Plenary and the Geneva Ministerial Summit to be held 12-17 January in Geneva, Switzerland. The GEO-X Plenary will be held on Wednesday 15 January and Thursday 16 January and the Ministerial Summit will occur on Friday 17 January. In addition, more than 30 Side Event meetings are planned for Sunday-Thursday, and exhibitors have reserved space in the Centre International de Conferences for more than 20 exhibitions.

The main objective of the Ministerial Summit will be to approve a renewed mandate for GEO through 2025 and to endorse a number of high-level recommendations - in a Ministerial Declaration - that will guide the development of a detailed Implementation Plan.

More information can be found on the event's pages. For any specifics, please contact the GEO Secretariat.


Registration now open for the GEO Appathon

GEO Appathon bannerThe GEO Appathon is a global App development competition open to any non-commercial individual, team or entity (students, scientists and developers) with a passion for unleashing the power of Earth Observations (EO) to allow us all to make smarter decisions about the planet. For more info click on the banner.

GEO Marks a Decade of Pioneering Environmental Advances

GEO-X banner outdoor

On 17 Januray 2014, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) received unanimous endorsement to unleash the power of open data for a second decade. There was agreement to continue building on the organization’s first 10 years of pioneering environmental advances, which are designed to improve the quality of life of people everywhere. Fueled by open data, GEO’s efforts are now evident in most regions of the world. GEO is comprised of 90 member governments, including the European Commission and 77 Participating Organizations.

Testimonial of Belgian Delegation on the Value of the GEO Plenary and Ministerial:

"The GEO Plenary and Ministerial, 15-17 January 2014 in Geneva, has been an excellent networking opportunity for the Belgian Delegation to explore joint technical partnerships and the establishment of collaborative scientific research programs. This in particular concerns the development of a follow-up mission to the successful PROBA-VEGETATION research program of Belgium. Targeted at the sustained observation of the Earth's land mass, this program will, through the production and dissemination of scientific data, help decision makers worldwide to elaborate agricultural policies and enhance food security. The proba programme will specifically contribute to the Geoglam initiative, through the geoglam-sigma project. SIGMA is a major EC contribution to GEOLAM in which Belgium plays a leading role."

Click here for daily reports of 15, 16 and 17 January, photos and overview.

Videos highlighting the GEO Community's contributions to addressing global challenges can be viewed here and downloaded here

The outcomes of GEO-X & the Geneva Ministerial Summit can be found here. Side event information can be downloaded here. For any specifics, please contact the GEO Secretariat.

GEOSS on-line

GEO Global initiatives develop tools to address post 2015 agenda key themes (January 2014)


A Modern Explorer's Journey (January 2014)


Unleashing the Power of Earth Observations (GEO Director Barbara Ryan, TEDx Barcelona, Nov 2013)


GEOSS in Africa: building on success (January 2014)


GEOSS functions and main components, sustainability, user access and benefits (January 2014)


GEOSS data, information and tools provide the basis for policy definition and enforcement (January 2014)


40 years Landsat


GEOSS Information Resources

Scroll below for a sampling of GEOSS information resources; more sites can be found here.

Detail of radiation map  

SoDa Service releases 21 years of data on surface solar radiation

A major player in disseminating data and services about solar radiation available at ground level, the SoDa Service has released the HelioClim-1 database containing 21 years of data.  These data are of major interest for Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, and the Central Atlantic Ocean. They will provide valuable help for many applications, ranging from electricity production to climate studies. Continued …

Thumbnail of the GEO Portal home page  

GEO selects Portal and Clearinghouse for accessing GEOSS

The selection process established to identify single providers for the GEO Web Portal and the GEOSS Clearinghouse has now been completed. The GEO Plenary has recognized the US Geological Survey (USGS) as the GEOSS Clearinghouse provider and the European Space Agency/UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (ESA/FAO) as the GEO Web Portal provider. All of the contributors to the development phase of the GEOSS Common Infrastructure are thanked for their vital support and invited to remain involved in its ongoing development. To visit the GEO Portal, click here; to register your components in GEOSS, click here

Detail of a map showing the seismicity of the Caribbean from 1990-2006 [Source: USGS]  

Haiti Supersite highlights critical earthquake information

Initiated by the geohazard scientific community as a contribution to GEO, the Supersites provide easy access to Earth science data and information on natural hazards in geologically active regions. In light of the recent tragedy in Haiti, the Haiti Supersite has been updated with seismic maps, damage maps, topography data, visible and infrared images, interferograms, and useful links. See

CBERS image:  Coast of State of Rio de Janeiro  

GEO Forest Carbon Tracking portal now live

The portal for the GEO Forest Carbon Tracking (FCT) Task was launched at the GEO-VI Plenary meeting in Washington DC and can now be viewed on-line at The portal allows users to visualize the FCT National Demonstrators, the relevant Validation Sites and the inventory of the coordinated acquisitions of satellite and in-situ data; maps and information resulting from the processing of the data will also be posted here when available. A three-minute video describing the portal is also available.

CBERS image:  Coast of State of Rio de Janeiro  

INPE reaches mark of 1 million images distributed free

A pioneer in the distribution of cost-free satellite images, Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) announced that it has distributed one million images, more than 70% of which come from the China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS) program. For more details see the news clipping here.

Detail of ASTER Global DEM map  

Announcing release of Global Digital Elevation Model (DEM)

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) released the ASTER GDEM on 29 June. By providing a well validated, high-resolution global topography framework, the GDEM is major step forward for both research and operations that depend on Earth observations. For more information, see press releases here, here and here.

Detail of cyclone frequency map  

UN unveils new Global Risk Data Platform

The United Nations and its partners are presenting an innovative new portal for disaster risk-management data on 19 June. The launch will take place at the Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Reduction, which is being held in Geneva from 16 to 19 June.

For direct access:

Detail of Earth System Atlas map showing world map with precipitation in mm/day  

Earth System Atlas promotes access to research data

The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) has long recognized the challenge of sustaining, and ensuring continued access to, the numerous data bases being generated by researchers. One of the most active spin-offs from the IGBP’s early efforts in this field is the Earth System Atlas.

Read more here.

Detail of satellite image of Beijing [Source CBERS/INPE]  

Comprehensive Land Surface Imagery now available via GEOSS

In an exciting advance for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), ten leading space-related agencies collaborating through the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), its Land Surface Imaging Constellation Study Team, and its Working Group on Information System and Services (WGISS) have developed a portal that collects and distributes satellite imagery of the Earth’s land surface.

Users can now access images from all ten partners via a single web portal. This new portal is a gateway to the world’s largest collection of Land Surface Imagery and data (LSI) taken from space. Read more here.

Detail of landsat image covering Shanghai region  

Accessing the Landsat archive

The Landsat Earth observing satellites have assembled an essential record of moderate-resolution data sets of the planet’s surface features that can now be downloaded via the internet. The nearly four decades of data provide a valuable resource for scientists and decision makers concerned with changes to the land surface, as do the daily, current observations. Read more here.

Detail of population density predictions map  

The UNEP Global Environment Outlook Data Portal

The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global Environment Outlook Data Portal is the authoritative source for the data sets used by UNEP and its partners for the widely respected Global Environment Outlook report and other integrated and thematic environment assessments. Read more about this Data Portal here


Latest News 

Global geospatial community to convene in Geneva on May 5-9

Geospatial Media and Communications, in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and SwissTopo, will host the Geospatial World Forum on 5-9 May 2014 in Geneva. The conference will convene representatives of the geospatial commercial sector and government/policy end users. A program titled, "Geospatial Industry Forging Ties with GEOSS" will be held on Monday, 5 May, and the GEO Appathon 2014 will kick off on Wednesday, 7 May. Find more information here.


First Copernicus satellite, Sentinel 1A was launched successfully!

The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to access key environmental data on a routine basis will take a major step forward following the launch of ESA's Sentinel-1A satellite. Sentinel-1 is the first of the six missions in the framework of the Copernicus initiative. See also the European Commission's:

The launch can be viewed here


10th GEO IGWCO COP Meeting

Registration is now open for the Tenth Annual GEO Integrated Global Water Cycle Observations (IGWCO) Community of Practice (CoP) which will take place on Thursday, 29 May and Friday, 30 May in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop will be an important opportunity to explore the role of the IGWCO CoP and GEO Water in the new GEOSS 10 Year Implementation Plan, currently being developed, as well as the GEOSS Water Strategy Implementation Plan, and in emerging initiatives such as Future Earth, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the World Economic Forum agenda. Meeting website.


Global Agriculture Ministers Recognize Value of GEOGLAM

At the 6th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit held in January, Ministers of Agriculture from 65 nations cited the importance of early-warning systems, including GEO's Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM), to "meet and combat economic and economy-related political crises and the risk of extreme price volatilities on global agricultural markets at an early stage." The Ministers called for the full implementation of the G20 Action Plan on Food Price Volatility and Agriculture, in particular, "the expansion and efficient use of international early warning and information systems," such as GEOGLAM.


GEO Issues GEOSS AIP Call for Participation

A Call for Participation (CFP) for the 7th Phase of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-7) is now available here. The primary goal of AIP-7 is to create and deploy modern, light, Web or mobile applications ("apps") fed by multiple registered standards-based data and processing services. More information on the objectives of AIP-7 can be downloaded here.


GEO Congratulates JAXA-NASA on GPM Launch

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) congratulates the Japanese Aerosopace Exploratioin Agency (JAXA)and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the recent, successful launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory. GPM will measure rain and snow from the Arctic to the Antarctic. More information on the GPM is available from JAXA and NASA


Rationale for GEOSS Cold Regions Information Service Released

One outcome of the recent GEO-X Plenary and Ministerial Summit is agreement by a high level group of cold region experts on the need to develop a Cold Regions Information Service as a component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The group determined that this new capability is needed to provide easy access to cold region observations and environmental information products that can be employed by users around the world to help protect these vital and fragile ecosystems. For more details click here.


Henrique Pereira Appointed to Lead Global Biodiversity Initiative

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Steering Committee recently elected a new Chair, Henrique Miguel Pereira of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), to a 3-year term of office. The new Vice Chairman is Dr. Mike Gill of Environment Canada.

The handover between outgoing GEO BON chair Bob Scholes and the new team took place at the GEO-X Plenary & Geneva Ministerial Summit on January 14th 2014. The GEO BON office will be based in iDiv/Germany. Click here for more details


Mountain Observatories: a Global Fair and Workshop

A multi-day Fair and Workshop will be held on July 16-19 2014, at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA, for all who gather data on mountain social, biological or abiotic systems. The goal of the Fair and Workshop is to move toward a more comprehensive, global mountain observation network by strengthening the ties between existing observation systems. Abstract submission is now open. Read details here