Open Earth Monitor — Global Workshop 2023

GEOSS Platform Plus: European efforts to reinforce the use of Earth Observations globally
2023-10-04, 16:50–17:10, EURAC Auditorium

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations. A central part of GEO’s Mission is to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), a set of coordinated, independent Earth observation, information and processing systems that interact and provide access to diverse information for a broad range of users. The amounts of Earth observation data are increasing drastically over the last years, as they include different data sources from satellites to model outputs, from airborne sensors to ground stations and in-situ data. The main challenge is how to find and make use of these resources by users worldwide.
The European Space Agency, together with the Italian National Research Council and the University of Geneva are contributing to the implementation of GEOSS via the EU H2020 co-funded project GPP (GEOSS Platform Plus). This European contribution is reinforcing the use of Earth Observations globally focusing on provisioning of actionable information for climate change research, monitoring, and development of mitigation and adaptation actions. A user centric approach helps to focus on real user needs, listening and co-designing new implementations in close coordination with users. Examples of applications targeted include SDG 15.3.1 on Land Degradation, Climate Change impact on Norovirus Pandemic Risk, and SDG11.7 that relates to climate change, urban sustainability and health. Access to data products, services and information, and the possibility to generate actionable information to derive results as input to decision makers are main objectives. Relevant contributions to an evolved overarching GEOSS architecture that copes with changes in the GEO landscape, including general changes in the Science/Policy landscape in technological innovation are foreseen as well. In this context, GPP is playing an important role in connecting application developers (scientists, developers) to providers (of data, platforms, services, etc.) for enabling the generation of actionable information usable by the end users (decision makers, institutions, citizens). It will be then presented some real cases of how GEO communities and providers could contribute to GEOSS and how users can benefit from the tools and applications available in the GEOSS Ecosystem to support the different actors in different GEO incubator areas (also known as societal benefit areas).

The proposed Talk is targeted to all users that would like to better understand GEO and willing to participate to GEO and to understand where GEOSS is evolving towards and how to become part of the community. Some examples of contributions and how they benefit the communities will be presented to rise awareness of the possibilities GPP and European Union offers to satisfy the different users perspectives: from scientists and applications developers, to data, infrastructures and platforms providers, and finally the general users and decision makers

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Alessandro Scremin has a Degree in Forestry and Environmental Management with focus on natural hazards management and mitigation. In the last 15 years he carried on R&D Project management activities in the field of Earth observation applications development for environmental monitoring within the following main sectors: Forestry, Natural hazards, citizen science, renewable energy and digital platform developments on Climate change mitigation.

Currently he is supporting ESA in coordinating several initiatives: the H2020 GPP (GEOSS Platform Plus) project, GTIF (Green Transition Information Factories) project, the European ESA-EC (RACE) dashboard and Trilateral (ESA-NASA-JAXA collaboration) Dashboard.