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GEO 2017-2019 Work Programmme

 

AmeriGEOSS

Activity ID: 107

Overview

The proposed AmeriGEOSS Initiative is a framework that seeks to promote collaboration and coordination among the GEO Members in the American continent, “to realize a future wherein decisions and actions, for the benefit of the region, are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information”. The proposed Initiative will focus its efforts in the four Societal Benefit Areas (SBA’s) selected and prioritized by the Americas Caucus country-members, which are:

  1. Agriculture, associated with climate variability, climate change, and food security;
  2. Disaster risk reduction, particularly for data exchange and products associated with early warnings;
  3. Water, associated with the management approach of water resources and data management;
  4. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Monitoring including biodiversity observation in coastal, marine, and continental habitats, in the context of capacity building for better monitoring, management, and maintenance of ecosystems and biodiversity they support; also to predict future changes.

As a first approach the Initiative will engage with the GEO Flagships and their end user communities that are from Member countries in the region, which are addressing priority areas. From there, the Initiative seeks to strengthen the engagement of other Americas countries, and to work with the Flagships to tailor their work to address regional needs. Regional needs will be brought to the Initiative through the management coordination groups of AmeriGEOSS. In particular, unaddressed needs from developing countries will be prioritized. In each case, the decision-making processes being addressed in the Flagships will be tailored to meet the needs of the decision-makers in each of the Americas nations.

Activities for the period

AmeriGEOSS implements its activities through working groups. Each working group will manage their own planning, milestones, and deliverables. Coordination activities include monthly working group teleconferences, participation in relevant GEO meetings, and at least annual meetings of the AmeriGEOSS community. Specifically:

  1. Regional coordination working group responsible for the overall regional coordination between Americas Caucus nations, coordination with resource contributors, political coordination including engagement with other potential member nations, and coordination and reporting to Americas Caucus principles. This single coordination group will bring together the individual thematic working group contributions to form a comprehensive “view” and work to ensure/facilitate any necessary cross-communication and coordination among the individual working groups.
  2. Agriculture and food security working group responsible for the coordination with, and participation in, GEOGLAM from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to the overall GEOGLAM system and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ agricultural initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets.
  3. Disasters working group responsible for the coordination with, and participation in, other GEO disasters activities, e.g. hazards supersites and flood monitoring systems, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO disasters activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ disasters initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets.
  4. Water working group – the functions of this group include coordination with, and participation in, other GEO water activities, e.g. global water cycle activities, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO water activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ water initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets.
  5. Ecosystems and biodiversity working group responsible for the coordination with, and participation in, other GEO ecosystems and biodiversity activities, e.g. GEO BON, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO ecosystems activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ ecosystems and biodiversity initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets.
  6. Foundational activities working group responsible for the coordination with and participation in other GEO foundational activities, e.g. infrastructure and capacity building activities, from a regional perspective, engagement and contribution from Americas nations that add new capabilities to other GEO foundational activities and objectives, and linking in existing nations’ foundational initiatives that are of benefit to or could benefit from GEO Earth observation assets.

User engagement

AmeriGEOSS will assess its user needs through a continuous user engagement. More effective approaches are needed in a multilingual world with a wide diversity of capabilities. To facilitate the co-design of new products, a process will be developed to continuously identify, articulate, and refine user needs for products at multiple scales.
In many Americas countries, there are embassy representatives that are active in bilateral and regional relationships and activities. AmeriGEOSS Members will continue to engage the embassies as a way to increase communications and identify representatives in countries already a member, as well as a way to reach out to additional countries to join GEO. They also may be able to provide additional services, e.g. translation services.

Future Plans

If additional resources are made available, the AmeriGEOSS working group members will participate more deeply in GEO global initiative meetings and activities. GEO foundational activities will be more fully engaged to address infrastructure and data access gaps at the national level.

Resources

During 2017, most of the contributions will be in-kind contributions by the participant countries and organization. NOAA, NASA, and GEO-Colombia will contribute to the coordination of activities. NOAA will contribute with the National Water Center Laboratory. NOAA and NASA will contribute with activities and the coordination of the MBON - Pole-to-Pole project. The USGS will contribute with the pilot project to develop the AmeriGEOSS Community Resource on the GEO Platform. NASA will also contribute through the DEVELOP and the NASA-ARSET Programs. The Humboldt Institute will contribute with the Bon in a Box activity. CIRMAG, Colombia and the JRC-EU will contribute through their use of hydrological data for global forecasts. NOAA and the GEO Secretariat will contribute with technical support for the Centre of Hydrologic and Spatial Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CIEHLYC)’s monthly webinars. Data products through the GEONETCast-A system will be in-kind contributions from the contributing countries. Estimated contributions are expected to total $500,000 per year but will increase as the programme grows.

Leadership

Contributors

Members: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, EC, Mexico, USA.

Participating Organizations: UNESCO.

Linkages across Work Programme

Flagships: GEO BON; GEOGLAM.

Initiatives: GEOGLOWS; Oceans and Society: Blue Planet.

Community Activities: GloFAS.

Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)

Role

Name

Member/PO

Implementing Entity

Email

Lead (PoC)

Angelica Gutierrez-Magness

United States

NOAA

angelica.gutierrez@noaa.gov

Contributor

Gerardo Acosta

IEEE

IEEE

gerardo.acosta@ieee.org

 

 

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