[ESIP-all] Session U21 - Science and Technology in GEO and GEOSS

Kathleen S. Fontaine Kathleen.S.Fontaine at nasa.gov
Mon Aug 10 13:43:40 EDT 2009

[please forgive any cross-postings, this is going to several lists]

Dear Colleagues - 

We invite you all to consider submitting an abstract to the Fall 2009 AGU
Union session U21 ­ Science and Technology in GEO and GEOSS.   Research and
technology efforts (including architecture and data management) that benefit
any or all GEO Societal Benefit Areas (Disasters, Health, Energy, Climate,
Water, Weather, Ecosystems, Agriculture, and Biodiversity) are especially
welcome.  More information on GEO and the SBAs is available at

AGU 2009 meeting information is available at

Please note ­ the deadline for abstracts is September 3, 2009.

Session description:
U21 Science and Technology in GEO and GEOSS

The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a voluntary
partnership of governments and international organizations, providing a
framework within which to develop new projects and coordinate Earth
observation strategies and investments. As of June 2009, GEO¹s Members
include 79 Governments and the European Commission. In addition, 56
intergovernmental, international, and regional organizations with a mandate
in Earth observation or related issues have been recognized as Participating
Organizations. GEO Members and Participating Organizations are working
towards the realization of a coordinated, comprehensive, sustained Earth
observation system of systems called the Global Earth Observation System of
Systems (GEOSS). The aim is to enable societal benefits of Earth
observations, including advances in scientific understanding in the nine
Societal Benefit Areas (Disasters, Health, Energy, Climate, Water, Weather,
Ecosystems, Agriculture, and Biodiversity). To realize this vision, GEO¹s
Science and Technology Committee aims to integrate advances in science and
technology through appropriate consultation with the research, observation,
and application communities; support research efforts necessary for the
development of tools required; promote research and development in key areas
of Earth sciences to facilitate improvements to Earth observation systems;
and encourage and facilitate the transition of systems and techniques from
research to operations. Examples of science and technology efforts already
underway include the contribution of hydrology and geodesy data and models
to the planning of improved observation of the water cycle, and the
contribution of the broad earth science community to integrated observations
of geohazards. This session will highlight these and other examples that
contribute to and demonstrate the mutual benefits of the involvement of
science and technology in GEOSS.

Best Regards, Co-Conveners

Kathleen Fontaine
kathy.fontaine at nasa.gov

Hans-Peter Plag
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV, USA
hpplag at unr.edu

Nadine Gobron
Joint Research Centre, European Commission, FRA
nadine.gobron at jrc.ec.europa.eu

Kathy Fontaine
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 417
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Office: +1-301-286-8161
Cell:  +1-301-408-8937
Fax:  +1-301-286-1947
kathy.fontaine at nasa.gov
kathy.fontaine at noaa.gov

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