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GEO News (Issue #8, 28 April 2010)

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  Coordination and funding key to improved data reanalysis
  Included in the GEO Work Plan since 2005, the reanalysis of Earth observation data makes an essential contribution to virtually all societal benefit areas. The world’s major reanalysis projects, based in Europe, Japan and the US, are taking historical observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land, with all of their inconsistencies and irregularities, and reanalyzing them using today’s state-of-the-art weather and climate models. Continued...
  Building capacity for operational oceanography
  The GEO project “Building capacity for operational oceanography,” which is subtask CB-09-03d under the Capacity Building overarching task, aims to facilitate the sharing and use of ocean data and knowledge by stimulating global cooperation on operational oceanography, especially between developed and developing countries. Continued...
  The GCI co-evolves with community portals
  GEO is establishing the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI) to ensure that the systems contributed voluntarily by governments and organizations to GEOSS become truly interoperable. This GEOSS-wide GCI is being developed at the same time as a growing number of focused “community portals”. Continued...
  GEO applauds JAXA data on Haiti, Chile earthquakes
  The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has provided essential ALOS/PALSAR satellite data to international scientists whose analyses support the emergency teams responding to the major earthquakes in Haiti, on 12 January, and Chile, on 27 February. Continued...
  An invitation to the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-3)
  As reported in the February issue of GEO News, the Call for Participation (CFP) in the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot, Phase 3 (AIP-3), is now open. To date, 34 responses representing over 100 organizations have been received. Interested readers are invited to participate by visiting the AIP CFP website. Continued...
  Fire Monitoring Task team sets priorities and next steps
  The team that is implementing GEO Task DI-09-03b on Implementation of a Fire Warning System at Global Level recently participated in the Global Observations of Forest Cover (GOFC) Fire Monitoring Workshop has identified priorities and next steps for GEO’s work on the growing challenge of fire-related disasters. Continued...
  GEO's Chile Event Supersite website on-line
  The GEO community responded to the 27 February earthquake off the coast of Chile by providing Earth observation data and information products via the Chile Event Supersite website. The site contains interferograms, shake and coherence maps, current and archived satellite images, and much more.
  Executive Committee guides Ministerial preparations
  The Executive Committee held its 18th meeting on 22-23 March in Geneva. The agenda focused on preparations for the 5 November Beijing Ministerial Summit. The Committee held lengthy discussions on this issue and provided detailed guidance to the 2010 Ministerial Task Force (see next article.) Continued...
  Ministerial Task Force advances declaration, agenda, showcases
  The GEO 2010 Ministerial Task Force, with guidance from the Executive Committee, has made good progress in recent weeks on preparing all aspects of next November’s Beijing Ministerial Summit. Continued...
  4th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium focuses on climate and biodiversity
  The 4th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 10 to 12 March. Organized by the GEO Secretariat with the support of the governments of Indonesia and Japan, the Symposium welcomed approximately 220 participants from 26 countries. The theme of the symposium was "Towards a Global Earth Observation System of Systems that supports the societal benefit areas of climate and biodiversity". Continued...
  STC addresses tasks, resource gaps and roadmap
  The 13th meeting of the GEO Science and Technology Committee (STC) was hosted by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) at their headquarters in Ankara on 24-26 March. Continued...
  UIC reviews support to Communities of Practice
  The 14th meeting of the User Interface Committee was held on 2-4 March at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in Reading, UK. Continued...
  ADC sets strategies for the next five years
  The 12th meeting of the Architecture and Data Committee (ADC) was held during the week of 3 March in Buenos Aires at the invitation of Argentina’s National Commission for Space Activities (CONAE). The participants focused in particular on the review of long-term strategies for architecture definition and data management. Continued...
  GEO BON develops its detailed implementation plan
  The GEO Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) held its Detailed Implementation Plan Meeting at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, near Monterey, California, USA, from 22 to 25 February 2010. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together the eight Topical Working Groups that are developing GEO BON’s Detailed Implementation Plan, to further develop the plan and to encourage interaction amongst the Working Groups to create a more coordinated GEO BON. Continued...
  Coastal Zone CoP seeks to strengthen observations in Africa
  The Second Regional Workshop in the GEO Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP) Workshop Series took place in Cotonou, Benin, in February. The workshop brought together over 100 representatives of international organizations, members of several national agencies, and individual researchers engaged in research in Africa from several countries within Africa, Europe and the US. Continued...
  GEO to hold Work Plan Symposium in Pretoria on 17-19 May
  The GEO Work Plan Symposium will take place immediately prior to the co-located Committee meetings and bring together Task Leads (including Points of Contact) and contributors to the Work Plan Tasks. The Symposium is an opportunity to foster coordination across and within Overarching Tasks, exchange information, develop synergies across the Work Plan, deliver practical actions and proposals to build on this cross-fertilization, identify achievements that could be presented at the Beijing Ministerial Exhibition, and prepare the 2011 Work Plan Update. For more information, visit
  ISRSE announces 34th International Symposium in Sydney in April 2011
  Entitled “The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring”, the 34th International Symposium for Remote Sensing of the Environment (ISRSE) will provide a forum for programmatic discussions on remote sensing components of GEOSS. Abstract submission for the symposium is now open. For more information, visit
  Cyberseminar on remote sensing for population-environment research
  The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) Cyberseminar will run from 10-21 May. Co-sponsored by GEO and the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, the Cyberseminar aims to identify the past use of remote sensing data products in population-environment research, to explore challenges of remote sensing data integration, and to begin to think about the specifications of future remote sensing data products that would meet the needs of the research community. For more information, visit the PERN website.
  Global Agricultural Monitoring community plans two workshops
  To accelerate the implementation of the global agricultural monitoring system of systems and address the increasing crisis of the global food security, the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice will organize a workshop in Hong Kong, China, in September, and another in Brussels, Belgium in October. For more information, visit the Hong Kong workshop website or contact the GEO Secretariat.
  WCRP prepares Open Science Conference
  The World Climate Research Programme will host a major international Open Science Conference in Denver, Colorado, USA in October 2011. The conference will bring together major disciplines and leaders of the Earth system research community to identify opportunities for advancing scientific understanding and prediction of climate variability and change from seasons to centuries, and from the regional to the global levels. Details are available on the conference website.
  GEO BON reaches out to Convention on Biological Diversity
  The GEO Biodiversity Observation Network is organizing a side event on Thursday, 13 May, at 13h15, at the meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-14) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. The event will inform the CBD community about the work and relevance of GEO BON. Continued...
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