GEOWOW’s challenge was to improve Earth Observation data discovery, accessibility and exploitability, and to evolve the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) for the benefit of all Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) with particular focus on Weather, Ocean Ecosystems and Water.

In fact, a better understanding of the complex interactions between society and the environment remains one of the fundamental scientific challenges of our time.  Turning that understanding into remedial action is one of the key political challenges.

The GEOSS provides the framework to coordinate and integrate Earth observation activities at the global level and provide the information necessary to develop a shared understanding and common action.

GEOWOW supported the development of the GEOSS by:

  • Proposing and validating an architectural model federating, connecting and integrating Earth observation and other Earth science data holdings at global, regional and local scale for harmonieed access to heterogeneous resources

  • Developing innovative methods for harmonised access and use of heterogeneous data, services and models to foster the sharing of knowledge among multiple disciplines, and the more integrated assessment and understanding necessary to advance global sustainability research

  • Developing services for data discovery, access and exploitation, establishing and promoting data sharing and usage procedures consistent with the implementation guidelines for the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles

GEOWOW has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 282915