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GEOWOW’s main challenge is to improve Earth observation data discovery, accessibility and exploitability, and to evolve the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) in terms of interoperability, standardization and functionality.

“Understanding the Earth system — its weather, climate, oceans, atmosphere, water, land, geodynamics, natural resources, ecosystems, and natural and human-induced hazards — is crucial to enhancing human health, safety and welfare, alleviating human suffering including poverty, protecting the global environment, reducing disaster losses, and achieving sustainable development. Observations of the Earth system constitute critical input for advancing this understanding.”

With this in mind, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) started implementing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
GEOWOW, short for “GEOSS interoperability for Weather, Ocean and Water”, is supporting this objective.

GEOWOW is a project, co-funded under the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no. 282915 in response to call ENV.2011.4.1.3-1 “Interoperable integration of Shared Earth Observations in the Global Context”. It is implemented by a consortium of 15 partners from Europe, Brazil and Japan and is coordinated by the Italian establishment of the European Space Agency (ESA-ESRIN) in Frascati.

The total project cost is 9,168,703 Eur. The EC Contribution is 6,399,098 Eur. The project’s kick-off date is 1 September 2011 and its duration is 3 years.

Project Manager: Joost van Bemmelen,


The European Space Agency (ESA) is responsible for the existing GEOSS portal and is in charge of the technical management of the project. ESA leads, with its technological partners, the development of the GEOSS extensions needed to meet the emerging science requirements. ESA is also responsible for the dissemination of the project's achievements.

Terradue SRL is in charge, with ESA, of the design, development and integration of the proposed GEOSS extensions.

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) leads the research necessary to advance on the implementation of the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and coordinates the added value assessment in the project.

The Italian National Research Council (CNR), co-chair of the GEOSS Science & Technology Committee, leads the research on multi-disciplinary interoperability.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) together with the UK Met Office and Meteo-France, leads the further development, accessibility and exploitability of the Thorpex Interactive Grand Global Ensemble (TIGGE) global weather forecasts data products in GEOSS.

The Bundesanstalt fuer Gewaesserkunde (BfG), which acts as the federal government's scientific institution for research, assessment and consulting in matters related to waterways in the fields of hydrology, water resources management, ecology and conservation of waters, is mainly involved in the Water SBA-related activities and also contributes to technical and standardization activities.

The UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission leads the research for the global and regional assessment of the state of the marine environment.

The University of Bonn leads, in close collaboration with the BfG - Global Runoff Data Centre and other partners, the development of interoperable hydrological data specifications and applications, and their integration into the GCI.

The 52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software (GmbH) is an international research and development company whose mission is to promote the conception, development and application of free Open Source geo-software for research, education, training and practical use. In GEOWOW, 52° North mainly works on the Water SBA-related activities and also contribute to the technical ones.

KISTERS AG is a worldwide leader in the environmental informatics market. In the project, KISTERS AG mainly works on Water SBA-related activities and contributes to the technical ones.

MET OFFICE is one of the world’s leading providers of environmental and weather-related services. MET OFFICE, within the project, focuses on the Weather SBA-related activities.

The National Meteorological Research Centre (CNRM-GAME), part of METEO-FRANCE, is accredited to the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as an “associated research unit”. The CNRM conducts research into meteorological and hydrological forecast, physics and dynamics of the atmosphere and climate. CNRM, within the project, is involved in the Weather SBA-related activities.

Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie is a higher education and research organisation. One of the four KIT strategic research centers is “Climate and Environment”, focussing on atmospheric processes, water resources and water management. KIT's main activities within the project regards the Water and Weather SBAs.

The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) continues to support the development of GEOSS through GEOWOW by carrying out research into next-generation geographical information systems that can make use of distributed data bases.

The University of Tokyo supports the project developments with data integration and information fusion sciences and by applying research achievements to selected Societal Benefit Areas.
GEOWOW has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 282915