[ESIP-all] GEO Portals - Call for Reviewers

Carol B. Meyer carol.meyer at earthsciencefoundation.org
Thu Mar 12 12:32:44 EDT 2009

As many of you know, the ESIP Federation has Observer status within the
Group on Earth Observations (GEO).  GEO is an international coordinating
body that is driving toward building a Global Earth Observation System
of Systems (GEOSS).  The vision of GEOSS is to use earth observations in
ways that the global society benefits. The expected Societal Benefits of
GEOSS include:
*	Reducing loss of life and property from natural and
human-induced disasters; 
*	Understanding environmental factors affecting human health and
*	Improving the management of energy resources, 
*	Understanding, assessing, predicting, mitigating, and adapting
to climate variability and change, 
*	Improving water resource management through better understanding
of the water cycle, 
*	Improving weather information, forecasting and warning, 
*	Improving the management and protection of terrestrial, coastal
and marine ecosystems, 
*	Supporting sustainable agriculture and combating
desertification, and 
*	Understanding, monitoring and conserving biodiversity.
The ESIP Federation and many of its partners are involved with GEO
activities in a variety of ways.  One way that each of you may become
involved is through reviewing the candidate portal prototypes for GEOSS.
The portals continually evolve so if you have already submitted a review
and some time has passed, you are encouraged to see the progress that
has been made.  To view the portals, visit
http://earthobservations.org/gci_gp.shtml.  All feedback can be
submitted online using a form on the portals page. 
Carol Meyer
Carol B. Meyer
Executive Director
Foundation for Earth Science
877.870.3747 (toll-free)
919.870.7141 (fax)
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