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Welcome to the website for Group on Earth Observation's Task US-09-01a.  NASA served as the lead for this task, which ran from 2008-2014.  This website serves to hold documentation of the work completed.  For information about the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), visit the GEO website: http://www.earthobservations.org.

Societal Benefit Areas 

The following links provide information specific to each SBAs activities under Task US-09-01a, including names of Analysts, Advisory Group members, and lists of documents included in the meta-analysis.

The individual SBA reports are available on the respective SBA webpage.


Documents and Presentations

Advisory Group Member
Representation Map

Points of Contact
Lawrence Friedl, US-09-01a Task Lead 
Affiliation: NASA Applied Sciences Program
GEO Member Country: USA

Ellsworth LeDrew, GEO UIC Co-Chair
Affiliation: University of Waterloo
GEO Participating Organization: IEEE

Amy Jo Scarino, US-09-01a Task Coordinator 

Affiliation: Science Systems and Applications, Inc. at
NASA Langley Research Center
GEO Member Country: USA

Contact US GEO Task US 09-01a or
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GEO Task US-09-01a
Identify Critical Earth Observation Priorities for Societal Benefit Areas

The individual reports are available for download in PDF on the respective SBA page.

A cross-SBA analysis has been conducted and the report is finished.  The report is available to download in the Documents and Presentations page.

A map displaying a representation of where the Advisory Group Members are from is now available.

This activity has established a process for identifying critical Earth observation priorities common to many of the nine GEO societal benefit areas, involving scientific and technical experts, taking account of socio-economic factors, and building on the results of existing systems’ requirements development processes.  GEO has used the results of this activity to determine, prioritize, and communicate gaps in current and future Earth observations to support discussions on potential investment opportunities.

The nine societal benefit areas (SBA) are:  Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Water, and Weather.  (The task team divided the Health SBA into three parts: Health - Aeroallergens, Health-Air Quality and Health-Infectious Disease.)

The GEO User Interface Committee (UIC) managed this task.  The UIC developed a nine-step process to identify the critical Earth observation priorities within each SBA. The UIC has used this information to determine the priority observations common across the nine SBAs. 

For each SBA, there was an Analyst and an Advisory Group that conducted this nine-step process. The Analysts served as the point of contact to manage the process.  The respective Advisory Groups (experts from developed and developing countries) assisted the Analyst to identify documents, assess analyses, and review findings. 

The process for each SBA focused on performing a meta-analysis of Earth observation priorities already identified in existing, publicly-available documents from the last decade. The task harvested and analyzed information from a representative sampling of documents (e.g., reports, workshop summaries, project summaries, etc.) that GEO Member Countries and Participating Organizations have published or released. The task seeked to ensure an international breadth of documents in this meta-analysis, including significant representation from developing countries. 

There are links to the individual SBA webpages below.  Each page includes information about the Analyst, members of the Advisory Group, the list of documents used, and other information. 
Links to pdf documents about GEO Task US-09-01a:

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Overview of GEO Task US-09-01a
Description of 9-Step Process

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