taking the pulse of the planet
Secretariat of the International Group on Earth Observations
(GEO) will be hosted by WMO at its Headquarters in Geneva,
as will the first session of GEO (May 2005). A transitional
GEO Secretariat will serve until the permanent GEO
Secretariat is established by the end of 2005.
10-Year Implementation Plan for a Global Earth Observation
System of Systems (GEOSS) will integrate environmental
observations made on land, in the atmosphere, in the oceans
and from space in such a way that the data will be readily
available and useful to decision-makers worldwide.
aim behind GEOSS is to increase international cooperation
and information distribution in the domain of Earth
observation, by minimizing data gaps, exchanging scientific
data and building capacity. WMO’s observing and monitoring
systems will make substantial contributions.
benefits of GEOSS will range from disaster prevention,
climate monitoring and environmental
preservation to improved socio-economic development.
GEOSS will help all nations involved to manage their
information in a way that benefits the environment as well
will be fully involved in the planning and implementation of
GEOSS and will encourage National Meteorological and
Hydrological Services to participate so that they may derive
more information, see http://earthobservations.org/