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Global Earth Observation System of Systems - GEOSS, 10-Year Implementation Plan Reference Document

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


The World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg 2002 (WSSD), highlighted the urgent need for coordinated observations relating to the state of the Earth. This Plan is a step toward addressing the challenges articulated by the WSSD and fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals. It will also further the implementation of international environmental treaty obligations.% LA meeting of the Heads of State of the Group of 8 Industrialized Countries Summit in June 2003 in Evian, France, affirmed the importance of Earth Observation as a priority activity. The first Earth Observation Summit convened in Washington, DC in July 2003, was attended by high-level officials from 33 countries and the European Commission and 21 international organizations involved in Earth observations. Governments adopted a Declaration signifying a political commitment to move towards development of a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustained Earth observation system of systems. The Summit established the ad hoc intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (ad hoc GEO), co-chaired by the European Commission, Japan, South Africa, and the United States, and tasked it with the development of an initial 10-Year Implementation Plan by February 2005. The ad hoc GEO established five technical subgroups and a small secretariat. A series of subgroup meetings and a plenary meeting led to a Framework Document, negotiated at GEO-3 in Cape Town and adopted at the second Earth Observation Summit in Tokyo in April 2004 by 43 countries and the European Commission, joined by 25 international organizations. The Framework defines the scope and intent of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). A small task team was charged by the ad hoc GEO with the drafting of an Implementation Plan, building on inputs from the subgroups and other sources

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Authors: BATTRICK B (Editor), ESA Publications Division, Noordwijk (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: ESA Publications Division, 2005. 210 pp, free of charge
Availability: The PDF version downloaded at:
ISBN: ISBN 92-9092-986-3
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