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Understanding the Earth system is crucial to enhancing human health, safety and welfare, alleviating human suffering including poverty, protecting the global environment, reducing disaster losses, and achieving sustainable development. Observations of the Earth system are critical to advancing this understanding.

GEO is an organization dedicated to developing and instituting a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS.

Conrad C. Lautenbacher, GEO Co-Chair for the United States, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations, GEO, includes 62 governments, the European Commission, and 43 international organizations working together to establish a Global Earth Observation System of Systems. The GEO vision for GEOSS is to realize a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed via coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information..

GEOSS will build on and add value to existing Earth-observation systems by coordinating their efforts, addressing critical gaps, supporting their interoperability, sharing information, reaching a common understanding of user requirements, and improving delivery of information to users.

Learn more about GEO, GEOSS, and Earth observations…