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, Joost.van.Bemmelen@esa.int