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European policy makers increasingly recognize the need to have access to continuous independent information services on key issues in the field of environment and security. GMES is a European initiative to help implement those information services that require data from space observing systems. Full consultation with those responsible for particular policy areas will lead to concrete actions to achieve this goal. GMES forms a key element in an overarching European strategy for space.

GMES embraces European and national policies on the environment, resource management, regional development, civil protection, and research, bearing in mind the political emphasis on sustainable development, and the European role on the international stage. It also includes issues such as crisis management and humanitarian aid that touch on the additional dimension of security.

Currently, space data that is used for information on environment and security is derived largely from experimental systems. GMES will exploit to the maximum extent European existing and planned capabilities and infrastructures, but will also establish sustainable and consistent operational information-gathering and distribution chains.

Additional information

Authors: ASCHBACHER J, JRC- Space Applications Institutek Ispra (IT);KARAMALI L (EDITORS), JRC- Space Applications Institutek Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19741 EN (2001), pp.91. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from EUR-OP sales agent.
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0560-0
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