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GEO News (Issue #12, 20 January 2011)

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  Announcing the GEOSS Portfolio for Science and Technology
  A portfolio with attractive examples of how GEOSS can work for science and technology (S&T) communities has now been published as a website. This portfolio results from an activity promoted by the Road Map of the GEO Science and Technology Committee (STC), which has the goal of stimulating the broader involvement of science and technology communities in GEOSS, both as users and as contributors. Continued …
  Towards a Bioenergy Atlas of Africa
  At a time of rapidly rising world energy demand and high oil prices, the production and use of bioenergy has entered a new era of global growth. Africa, with its warm climate, and abundant natural resources, including large amounts of unused fertile land, has the potential to become an important player in the production of bioenergy. Continued …
  Strengthening GEOSS though Long Term Data Preservation Guidelines
  Following an extensive period of research and consultation, the GEO Task team for DA-09-01c released last month a document setting out guidelines for long-term data preservation. These guidelines, which are likely to evolve and improve over time, could greatly contribute to the dependability and sustainability of GEOSS. Continued …
  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 …
  Progress on developing a meningitis decision-support tool
  The 4th Meningitis Environmental Risk Information Technologies MERIT Technical Meeting was organized by the MERIT Steering Committee in partnership with the Ethiopian Climate and Health Working Group (CHWG)/Anti-Malaria Association (AMA) on 19-20 November 2010. Continued …
  ITU releases study of radio spectrum use for Earth observation
  Responding to a resolution adopted at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2007, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a new report on the values and benefits of protecting the radio spectrum dedicated to Earth observation satellites. The report, which incorporates comments from the GEO community, is a major step forward in recognizing radio-frequency applications that are essential to GEO activities. It promises to become an important reference document in future discussions of frequency management at the national and international levels. The report is available here.
  The GEO and GEOSS process: an Austrian perspective
  Austria formally joined the Group on Earth Observation in 2009, having participated as an observer since 2005, and actively contributes to and supports the establishment of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. Earthzine recently published an article exploring Austria’s engagement with GEO and GEOSS; you can read the article here.
  Evaluation Team addresses architecture and data management
  Following the completion of the Mid-Term Evaluation of GEOSS last year, the new Evaluation Team approved by the GEO-VII Plenary has now started its work. The Team will assess the progress of GEOSS implementation in the area of Architecture and Data Management. Continued …
  Beijing “showcase” videos posted on YouTube
  The six short videos screened during last November’s GEO Ministerial Summit are now available via YouTube. They can be found using the keywords “GEO,” “Observe, Share, Inform” and “Beijing Ministerial” or by clicking on the following links: GEO: Observe, Share, Inform; Water and Space Observations in Asia/Oceania; Capacity Building; GEO Biodiversity Observation Network; Global Carbon Monitoring; and Health Services. Links are also available via the GEO website
  Fifth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium to focus on data sharing
  Entitled "Towards the Establishment of Data Sharing and Integration in the Asia-Pacific Region," the next Asia-Pacific Symposium will take place in Tokyo on 16 to 18 March. The four parallel sessions will address  the Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI), the Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Network (AP-BON), Forest Carbon Tracking, and Ocean Observations and Climate. For more information please visit the Symposium website.
  WCRP Open Science Conference – ‘Climate Research in Service to Society’
  The WCRP Open Science Conference (OSC), to be held 24-28 October 2011 in Denver, Colorado, USA, will represent a unique opportunity to assemble the international scientific community to focus on key challenges and opportunities to advancing the understanding and prediction of variability and change in Earth’s climate system on all space and time scales. Visit the website for more information.
  Registration and call for abstracts for XXV IUGG GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) will hold its 2011 General Assembly on the theme “Earth on the Edge: Science for a Sustainable Planet” in Melbourne, Australia from 28 June to 7 July. The IUGG 2011 Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts on original work to be considered for oral and poster presentation. Information about the Program, Registration, Accommodation and Sponsorship can be found at
  Announcing GI_Forum 2011, 5-8 July, Salzburg, Austria
  The Centre for Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg and the Institute for GIScience at the Austrian Academy of Sciences offer an annual forum to the worldwide geoinformatics community, bringing together English-speaking researchers and practitioners across disciplines and industries. Simultaneously, the GI_Forum connects participants into a well established co-located regional symposium -  Applied Geoinformatics (AGIT - sharing the state-of-the art AGIT-EXPO exhibit. Submission deadline 1 February. More information: or
  Call for presentations: GEOVIQUA first workshop
  The FP7-funded program GeoViQua – QUAlity aware VIsualisation for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems – is organizing a workshop in Barcelona, Spain, on 18 February to address such issues as quality parameterization and elicitation, quality representation and visualization, quality standards and frameworks, GEO architecture (portals, clearinghouses and pilots), and exploitation of GEOSS data in relevant communities. To learn more please visit the website, send an email, or call +34 93 581 1312.
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