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The Global Earth Observation System of Sytems (Geoss): Proactive Environmental Monitoring

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Abstract:Golbal secruity can be improved through strong international coopeation and using existing national monitoring systems that will provide more complete accurate and accessible data and information to users and decision-makers. Environmenatal damage is typically collateral to events of malfeasance. Therefore, we are most often addressing issues of damage cessation and remediation.

The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is a "system-of-systems" that will enable unprecedented access to use of data and infromation to track, predict, and address pervasive threats facing the health of the planet and humankind. Utilizing remote and ground-based sensosrs, modeling, and monitoring activites, GEOSS promises to be an important element of national and global strategies to manageing our natural resources in a sustainable way.

Currently, the framework for environmental monitoring is fragmented and exissts as the result and enforcement of regulations. GEOSS will assist in providing the information and models needed to establish the continuity necessary to understand and address today's more sophisticated and complex questions.

The GEOSS was discussed at the Second Earth Observation Summit (EOS), April 2004. Minister and leadrs from 45 nations showed their support for GEOSS by:
Adopting the GEOS Framework Document and Communique
Promoting the development of a draft 10 year implementation plan
Proposing increased capacity to assist developing countries with their contributions
Proposing to exchange data in a full and open manner consisstent with international agreements and policies

What does GEOS ask its' members? Develop the infrastructure resources necessary to meet operational requirement by: Evaluating ten improving technical and communication infrastructure; Identify and fulfill training needs; examine existing GEOS data and information relevant to your country, then create a plan to fill the information gaps; Plan to build on globally accepted sustainable development principles; Attend, participate and contribute to GEOS conferences.

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Citation:Lyon, J. G. The Global Earth Observation System of Sytems (Geoss): Proactive Environmental Monitoring. Presented at Monitoring Science & Technology Symposium, Denver, CO, September 20-24, 2004.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Immediate Office of Division Director
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 09/20/2004
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Bullet Item Cross-Cutting QA Issues Involving Geospatial Sciences, Chemistry, Information Management, and Law
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