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GEO Communities of Practice

GEO Air Quality CoP workspace

Participants: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, CEOS, EEA, ESA, ECMWF, ICSU, ISPRS, WMO

Contact: Gary Foley - EPA, USA; Rudolf B. Husar - CAPITA (Washington University), USA


Atmospheric Chemistry (former IGOS Atmospheric Chemistry theme – IGACO)

Under development



Participants: Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, BioNET-INTERNATIONAL, BirdLife International, Conservation International, DIVERSITAS, ESRI, GBIF, Guyra Paraguay, IUCN, LIFEWATCH, The Nature Conservancy, UNEP, UNESCO

Contact: Woody Turner - NASA, USA; Anne Larigauderie - DIVERSITAS


Carbon CoP (former IGOS Carbon theme – IGCO)

Participants: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, UK,

Contact: Antonio Bombelli


Coastal Zone (reflecting former IGOS Coastal theme)

Participants: Algeria, EC, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Spain, Sweden, USA, IOC

Contact: Michael Bruno - Stevens Institute of Technology, USA; Paul DiGiacomo - NOAA, USA; Hans-Peter Plag - University of Nevada, Reno, USA


Cryosphere (former IGOS Cryosphere theme - under development)

Contact: Jeff Key



Participants: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, EC, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, European Wind Energy Association, ESA, GOOS, International Energy Agency, IEEE

Contact: Ellsworth LeDrew - University of Waterloo, Canada; Thierry Ranchin - ENSMP, France; Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt - DLR, Germany



Participants: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EC, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Niger, Norway, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, USA, CEOS, EEA, ESA, EUMETSAT, FAO, GOFC-GOLD, GTOS, ISCGM

Contact: Michael Brady - Natural Resources Canada, Canada


Geohazards (former IGOS Geohazards theme)

Participants: Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, USA, CEOS, ESA, EuroGeoSurvey, IAG/GGOS, ICSU, JAXA, UNESCO

Contact: Stuart Marsh, BGS, UK, Hans-Peter Plag, University of Nevada, Reno, USA


Global Agricultural Monitoring (former IGOS Land sub-theme)

Participants: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, EC, ESA, FAO, France, India, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, USA, CGIAR, UNCCD, WMO

Contact: Chris Justice - Geography Department, University of Maryland, USA; Jai Singh Parihar - ISRO, India


Health and Environment CoP

Participants: Brazil, EC, France, Senegal, USA, IEEE, UNOOSA, WHO, WMO

Contact: Joaquim-Zim Da Silva, Ramesh Dhiman, Murielle Lafaye


Water Cycle (former IGOS Water Cycle Theme – IGWCO)

Participants: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Switzerland, UK, USA, UNESCO, WMO

Contact: Rick Lawford - UMBC, USA

Community of Practice: background information


A Community of Practice (CoP) is a user-led community of stakeholders, from providers to the final beneficiaries of Earth observation data and information, with a common interest in specific aspects of societal benefits to be realized by GEOSS implementation.


Each CoP will have slightly different objectives, however common objectives will include:

  1. Identify, gather, and seek agreement on their particular user community requirements;
  2. Provide a forum for cooperation of activities where GEOSS adds value to existing initiatives, to identify linkages and opportunities for collaborative strategic and technical projects and to coordinate the delivery of some GEOSS targets to enable the realization of societal benefits.
  3. Report on progress and provide updates to the User Interface Committee, GEO and other stakeholder communities as appropriate;
  4. Advise the User Interface Committee, other CoPs and GEO on matters relating to their particular area of interest or societal benefit, and on cross-cutting issues of interest to the CoP.
  5. Provide an informal point of contact for members or other jurisdictions on the specific benefit or interest area that affect more than one organization;


Each Community of Practice should include representatives from GEO Members, Participating Organizations and any other stakeholders that have similar interests, goals, and or objectives - working closely together to create a forum for efficient and effective intelligence and advice to be provided to GEO for the successful implementation of GEOSS. Both developing and developed countries will be represented.


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