On 23-27 October 2017, The Earth Observation community gathered in Washington D.C. (USA) for the GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition.
This event aims at highlighting and promoting the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering “Insight for a changing world”. It is exploring the use and applications of EO in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.
At this occasion, Robert-Jan Smits – the European Commission’s Director General for Research and Innovation – presented EuroGEOSS and its incredible potential to the audience at the annual plenary meeting of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
EuroGEOSS will promote important synergies within already existing European EO assets and initiatives - whose Copernicus is a cornerstone, providing services based on full, free and open data from satellites and land-based sources.
The Commission - as a founding member and one of the four co-chairs of this initiative - and the EU Member States are actively contributing to this international effort, particularly developing strategy for engagement with the commercial sector and creating a real user-driven approach.
The examples of EO data benefiting citizens are already numerous. Among them, farmers who combine their expertise with EO data to optimize harvest in a more sustainable way, or governments which can rely on up-to-date and relevant EO data to respond to natural disasters (hurricanes, huge forest fires, etc.). More examples of Earth Observations use cases for citizens can be found in our Copernicus Success Stories database.