Assess the requirement for continuity and long-term monitoring by Earth observation systems of essential data from GEOSS components
Status of Work
A concept paper was prepared by the STC co-chairs, see doc.
The European Project EGIDA is contributing to this activity.
STC Road Map Annex: Activity 1c
Earth System Sciences often require long-term monitoring by Earth observation systems. The continued availability of essential data from GEOSS components is fundamentally important for the scientific relevance of GEOSS. This activity therefore aims at establishing
- a process that alerts to immanent discontinuations of systems or datasets, and
- a framework to help find appropriate responses.
By this activity, GEO will play a role in evaluating the relevance of specific observation infrastructure or systems in a broad context and ensuring the continued availability of essential data.
Scientific systems, in particular, are frequently not developed with long-term funding perspectives. Many scientific GEOSS components are therefore likely to be discontinued at some time, unless they are taken up in operational programs. In order to offer support to those scientific systems and services that warrant continuation for GEOSS, GEO needs a way to evaluate the broader relevance of components and ways and means to support those essential components.