GEO-XIV Plenary

25 – 26 October 2017, Washington, D.C.

GEO’s Fourteenth Plenary Meeting, took place in Washington, D.C., Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th October, 2017 focussed on the delivery of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.

The GEO Plenary is the annual meeting of GEO’s 104 Member governments and 109 Participating Organizations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, NOAA, NASA, USGS, United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and Observers such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Secretariat on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Plenary was preceded by Side Events organized through the GEO community and featuring global initiatives and activities to improve use of satellite, atmospheric and in situ Earth observations for better decision making. Many ECOPOTENTIAL partners have attended and presented their research in the side events. Moreover, ECOPOTENTIAL had its own corner hosted at the EUROGEOSS Stand, with 2 posters and 10 videos illustrating the many aspects of ECOPOTENTIAL research approach and results.

Two side events have been chaired by ECOPOTENTIAL partners: the EUROGEOSS related event “The role of Research and Innovation in the EuroGEOSS regional initiative, chaired by Joan Masò (CREAF) and the Side event “Earth Observation for achieving and monitoring mountain-related SDGs: ECOPOTENTIAL, GEO-GNOME and GEO-ECO” chaired by Matthias Jurek (UNEP), which also had presentations from Elisa Palazzi (CNR), Marc Zebish (EURAC) and Ioannis Manakos (CERTH).

Below, short reports of the two side events are reported.

The high visibility of ECOPOTENTIAL at the 2017 GEO Week side events

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