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Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS): a global and flexible network
This ‘system of systems’ will proactively link together existing and planned observing systems around the world and support the development of new systems where gaps currently exist. It will promote common technical standards so that data from the thousands of different instruments can be combined into coherent data sets. The ‘GEOSS Portal’ offers a single Internet access point for users seeking data, imagery and analytical software packages relevant to all parts of the globe. It connects users to existing data bases and portals and provides reliable, up-to-date and user friendly information – vital for the work of decision makers, planners and emergency managers. For users with limited or no access to the Internet, similar information is available via the ‘GEONETCast’ network of telecommunication satellites.
It aims to empower the international community to: promote sustainable agriculture, conserve biodiversity, respond to climate change and its impacts, protect itself against natural and human-induced disasters, manage ecosystems and energy resources, understand the environmental sources of health hazards, safeguard water resources and improve weather forecasts. GEOSS coordinates a multitude of complex and interrelated issues simultaneously. This cross-cutting approach avoids unnecessary duplication, encourages synergies among systems and ensures substantial economic, societal and environmental benefits.
 
Further information: http://www.earthobservations.org/geoss.phphttp://www.earthobservations.org/geoss.php