Nov 11, 2009

GEO’s Pioneering Approach Driving Environmental Health, Human Well-Being

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As science without borders, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is pioneering a world of possibilities, allowing us to envision a planet in which more people will be fed, more resources will be protected, more diseases will be mitigated or even prevented, and more lives will be saved from environmental disasters.

Eighty national governments, the European Commission and nearly 60 global organizations are coordinating Earth observation assets and strategies through GEO, interlinking their systems to track global trends in carbon levels, biodiversity loss, deforestation, water resources, ocean temperatures and other critical indicators of planetary health and human well-being. GEO is making effective global environmental change readily available at minimal cost to policy-makers, managers and everyone else who will benefit from an approach that is as integrated as the planet it aims to predict and protect. Specifics for regions around the globe will be detailed at this press event.

A global exhibition will capture what many countries and organizations are doing in the very broad arena of Earth observations, in space, in the oceans, in the atmosphere and on land. There will be excellent imagery and other visuals, and demos on climate, the Arctic, drought, air quality, famine and malaria early warning, land use data, disaster management and much more.

WHAT: International Plenary of the Group on Earth Observations

WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:45 PM

WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, “Hemisphere A” Photo ID required.
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Sherburne B. Abbott, Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,
Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator, Chinese Meteorological Administration,
Dr. Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Manuela Soares, Director for Environmental Research, Research Directorate-General, European Commission
Prof. Jose Achache, Director, GEO Secretariat

SOURCE Group on Earth Observations

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