Project - Work Packages


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,

Work packages


WP1 deals with overall project management from the administrative, financial, technical, scientific, and quality point of view.


WP2 is in charge of the architectural design and development of the components that GEOWOW proposes to enhance GEOSS and to respond to the GEOSS community needs.


WP3 is in charge of conceptualizing and putting forward the multidisciplinary interoperability attributes of the GEOWOW system by examining and suggesting the bonds between the Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs), the existing technologies and standards and the system architecture.


Within WP4, the Weather Societal Benefit Area deploys capacity building strategies (in line with the GEO capacity building strategy), focusing on improving the use of weather forecast data by decision makers in developing and least developed countries.


WP5 works on capacity building strategies within the Water Societal Benefit Area, with emphasis on the ongoing standardisation activities in the hydrology domain.


The main aim of WP6 is to underpin research as well as global and regional assessments of the state of the marine environment with relevant ocean information at relevant scales.


WP7 is in charge of quantifying and assessing the added value of the GEOSS evolutions proposed by GEOWOW.


WP8 is in charge of all aspects of liaising the project achievements with the external world - policy-makers, interest groups, media and the public at large as well as the main GEOSS bodies.
GEOWOW has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 282915