May 2014

GEOSS Opens Access to Earth Observation Data and Information


The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), now in the final two years of its first implementation phase, is working to fill significant gaps in global environmental monitoring and analysis capabilities. In implementing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the GEO community of 89 nations, the European Commission and 77 international scientific organizations is identifying areas where the ability to collect, analyze and use environmental data is lacking and taking action to address those needs.


In the three years since the last GEO Ministerial Summit, the GEO community has made significant progress toward its goal of implementing GEOSS.

Currently, the GEOSS Portal, the central hub for searching, accessing and using data, information, tools and services from national and scientific databases across the globe, enables decision-makers in government, science, non-profits and the private sector to search more than 65 million data resources. Of those, more than 50 million are tagged as GEOSS DataCORE, meaning they are accessible at low or no cost. The Discovery and Access Broker (DAB), which powers the GEOSS gateway, connects users and data providers to each other, and increases the discoverability of the ever-growing number of databases and information systems available around the world.


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