GEONETCast is a near real time, global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute space-based, air-borne and in situ data, metadata and products to diverse communities. Read More
Biodiversity monitoring efforts worldwide engage the interest and concern of society segments as diverse as the ecotourism industry, the pharmaceutical industry, environmental organizations, the agricultural sector, and, of course, the scientific community.
The community of networks monitoring various aspects of biodiversity is highly diverse and topically focused. The challenge for building GEOSS in this realm is to assist these monitoring communities to develop comprehensive classification and observing strategies that will allow both observational standards and interoperability to emerge from the current monitoring activities, thus allowing global integration of data generated by these efforts.
The framework for monitoring biodiversity trends recently adopted within the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will form the basis for further developments in this area.
Activities for 2006 will focus on:
The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is leading a worldwide effort to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) over the next 10 years.
GEOSS will work with and build upon existing national, regional, and international systems to provide comprehensive, coordinated Earth observations from thousands of instruments worldwide, transforming the data they collect into vital information for society.