Overview Edit

The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)

will provide decision-support tools to a wide variety of users. As with the Internet, GEOSS will be a global and flexible network of content providers allowing decision makers to access an extraordinary range of information at their desk.

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.[1]

In response to GEOSS, the United States is planning an Integrated Earth Observation System (IEOS) to serve both U.S. and global needs.[2]

References Edit

  1. Group on Earth Observations, "What is GEOSS?: The Global Earth Observation System of Systems."[1]
  2. A Plan for a U.S. National Land Imaging Program, at 3.

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