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24 Oct 2017

Commission launches European earth observation capabilities

The European Commission has launched a new initiative to strengthen the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (EuroGEOSS). Thanks to EuroGEOSS, Europe will have access to even more advanced earth observation services tailored to its needs. The aim of this initiative is to benefit citizens and businesses by enabling, for example, better protection against natural disasters, more efficient response to climate change, improved management of energy resources, or stronger promotion of sustainable agriculture. EuroGEOSS was presented on 23 October 2017 by Robert-Jan Smits, the Commission's Director-General for Research and Innovation, at the annual plenary meeting of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Washington, D.C.

EuroGEOSS will promote synergies within existing European earth observation assets and initiatives. At their centre will be Copernicus, the European earth observation programme, providing services based on full, free and open data from satellites and land-based sources. These services are further enhanced by research infrastructures, projects funded under Horizon 2020 and initiatives run by the European GEO members.

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