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© GEO Secretariat 14 th CBC Meeting, September 2011, Salzburg, Austria “Role of the current CBC and re-organization with regard to the Work Plan” CB ( ) Infrastructure Development and Technology Transfer for Information Access
© GEO Secretariat Overarching Task Definition CB Infrastructure Development and Technology Transfer for Information Access Identify hardware, software and other technology required to access, use and develop Earth observation data, information and products for decision making. Promote technology transfer (in its very broadest sense), and advance infrastructure and information sharing.
© GEO Secretariat Participants POC: Brazil(INPE) - Hilcea Ferreira Co-Lead: Brazil – (INPE) - Julio Cesar L. d’Alge Co-Lead: USA-USAID - Carrie Stokes Co-Lead: France (BRGM) - Marc Urvois Co-Lead: Gilberto Camara - (INPE) and CEOS Chair (ASI– Italy)
© GEO Secretariat Sub-tasks CBERS (CB-09-05b) Establish and upgrade the capacity of ground stations with a footprint in Africa to receive, process, store and distribute CBERS (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) imagery. Data will be distributed free of charge to all interested African countries within the footprint of the respective ground stations. SERVIR Expansion (CB-09-05c) Establish SERVIR regional hubs around the world. SERVIR is a web-based Earth observation, monitoring and visualization system that makes available previously inaccessible satellite imagery, geospatial data, decision- support tools for policy-making, scientists, and the public. AEGOS - Georesources Services for Africa (CB-09-05d) Design a pan-African infrastructure of interoperable data and user-oriented services to strengthen the sustainable use of georesources in Africa. Safeguard, share, and add value to the knowledge and data archived in African and European geological surveys. Data Democracy (CB-09-05e) Strengthen the Earth observation data utilization cycle by broadening in-situ data/information access, increasing data dissemination capabilities, sharing software tools, and transferring the technologies to end users. CEOS shall encourage its members to share their above mentioned capabilities to the users, especially in developing countries. Several CEOS agencies may serve efficiently the user community thanks to mature infrastructure and technological capabilities in Earth observation related areas while users in several parts of the world still require support not only for data but also for tools so that they can make best uses of the Earth observation information and its services.
© GEO Secretariat Overall Results Efforts are underway to establish and upgrade ground stations for CBERS imagery. New open-source software packages were launched, to be soon registered in the GEOSS Common Infrastructure. The Data Democracy initiative (for unhindered access to Earth observation information) requires strong support from the GEO community. A set of workshops was held to involve end-users in the development of a pan-African data infrastructure for the sustainable use of geo-resources in Africa.
© GEO Secretariat CBERS - CB-09-05b Brazil (INPE), China (CRESDA) and South Africa (SANSA) established and upgraded ground stations to receive, process, store and distribute CBERS imagery. A new Memorandum of Understanding was signed with SANSA for CBERS-3 in December The Hartebeeshoek station, near Pretoria, turned fully operational to receive CBERS-2B images with assistance and funding from China with respect to the pre-processing system. Currently 70% of the data can be ordered through the online catalogue at Efforts are underway to fill the CBERS-2B gaps in South Africa Data Center with similar data from the INPE catalogue to evaluate the feasibility of developing image mosaics over some selected countries covered by the station footprint. Gaps are still expected even after this exercise.
© GEO Secretariat CBERS - CB-09-05b Progress was also made on the ground station of Maspalomas, operated by the Spain National Institute for Space Technology (INTA) and a MOU for CBERS 3 reception was signed on June 2, –The CBERS image catalog in Maspalomas is operational and images can be obtained at the website: A field survey was conducted in Gabon to define the appropriate location for a future CBERS antenna in the Congo Basin. Discussions are ongoing with CRESDA (China), ASI (Italian Space Agency) and University of Rome, La Sapienza, for an agreement for reception of CBERS-3 and CBERS-4 in Malindi, Kenya. The existing station in Aswan, Egypt, needs a big investment for receiving CBERS3 and CBERS-4, including the acquisition of a new antenna. Negotiations between INPE and NASRS are ongoing. The CBERS2-B operations ended in April CBERS-3 is due for launch in the first quarter of 2012.
© GEO Secretariat New Workplan - CBERS INFRASTRUCTURE: IN-01 Earth Observing Systems –C2: Development and Coordination of Space-based Observing Systems Leads (tentative): Brazil (INPE), China (CRESDA), CEOS Priority Actions –Establish and upgrade the capacity of ground stations with a footprint in Africa to receive, process, store and distribute CBERS (China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite) imagery. Data will be distributed free of charge to all interested African countries within the footprint of the respective ground stations
© GEO Secretariat SERVIR Expansion - CB-09-05c The USA (NASA and USAID) established SERVIR regional hubs in Panama and Kenya. The Central American node responded to more than 40 extreme events during the last two and a half years, including providing a very quick response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The SERVIR African node provided ecosystem maps and risk assessment maps that were developed with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the US Geological Survey. A SERVIR Himalaya has been implemented.
© GEO Secretariat New Workplan: SERVIR Expansion The main point to keep in mind is that we are significantly expanding the program to become a global network of regional hubs. We currently support 3 SERVIR hubs and will be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFPs) in the coming months to select additional hubs around the world. Organizations that meet the criteria in Asia, Africa, and Central America/Caribbean will be eligible to compete. Plans to circulate the RFPs among our CBC and GEO network once they are ready to be released.
© GEO Secretariat AEGOS - Georesources Services for Africa -CB-09-05d The AEGOS project reaches an end now after 30+6 months implementation. It's a two-fold project and while Phase 1 ends now, Phase 2 is not yet financed. We are working on this presently as part of the EU-Africa strategic partnership and also through the Framework of action of the ACP Group of states for the development of mineral resources sector. This was one item of discussion during the last Steering Committee in Dakar where GEO was represented by Humbulani.
© GEO Secretariat AEGOS - Georesources Services for Africa -CB-09-05d Since AEGOS SDI and associated capacity building programmes aim at being one of the georesources component of geo-information development initiatives in Africa, these results were presented in regional meetings organized by the (ACP) Secretariat and the UN Economic Commission for Africa: –“ First meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of the development of Mining Resources” (Brussels, Belgium) and –“Second Meeting of the Committee on Development Information Science and Technology- CODIST-II” (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). The resolutions record that the Member States should develop transparent, shared and interoperable systems of public geoscientific information for decision makers, investors, education, research, national and international institutions. Accordingly, the Development Partners should support the operationalization of systems such as AEGOS and associated transfer of know-how, in synergy with comparable platform for public data and georesources information sharing.
© GEO Secretariat AEGOS - Georesources Services for Africa -CB-09-05d The last AEGOS Phase 1 technical meeting, steering committee and public conference were held on April 2011 in Dakar, Senegal. Final results were presented to the national and regional stakeholders as well as the way forward for AEGOS subsequent development and implementation through a second phase. Fruitful discussions took place with the AEGOS advisors including representatives from GEO Secretariat, UNESCO/International Hydrology Programme, IUCS-International Council for Science/Regional Office for Africa, EuroGeoSurveys, Organisation of African Geological Surveys, Geological Society of Africa, ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) Secretariat, African Union/Human Resources, S&T, UN Economic Commission for Africa/Information and S&T.
© GEO Secretariat New Workplan - AEGOS - Georesources Services for Africa In the GEO Work Plan , AEGOS is associated to the EN-01, which title evolved appropriately from "Energy" to "Energy and Geo-Resources Management". Description –Support the development of Earth observation products and services for energy and geo-resources management. Consider end-to-end energy production systems (including generation, transmission, distribution, and integrated operations) and geo-resource exploitation systems (including exploration, extraction and transportation). Promote collaboration between users and providers of Earth observation and information. Encourage the use of Earth observation and information for informed energy-policy planning in developing and developed countries. Components C1: Tools and Information for the Resource Assessment, Monitoring and Forecasting of Energy Sources (including solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, and biomass) and Geological Resources (including mineral and fossil resources, raw material and groundwater) Leads (tentative) –EC (AEGOS, ENDORSE), France (MINES ParisTech), Germany (DLR), UK (BSG), IRENA
© GEO Secretariat Data Democracy - CB-09-05e Brazil (INPE) and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) progressed on the implementation of the “Data Democracy” initiative and related activities (open- source solutions and CBERS capacity building). Data Democracy is to strengthen the Earth observation data-utilization cycle by: (i) Broadening in-situ data/information access; (ii) Increasing data dissemination capabilities; (iii) Sharing software tools; and (iv) Transferring technology to end-users. In 2010, an advanced center in Belém do Pará, in the Amazon region, INPE Amazonia started its operations, to become the world reference center in the monitoring of tropical forests, focusing on Capacity Building. INPE Amazonia has been offering training on tropical forest monitoring in three languages (Spanish, English and French), using the open-source system TerraAmazon: the Amazon rainforest monitoring system of the Brazilian PRODES project.
© GEO Secretariat Data Democracy - CB-09-05e In this context, cooperation agreements have been signed with France’s IRD (Research Institute for Development), the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Constellation of small Satellites for the Mediterranean basin Observation (COSMO- SkyMed), and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), and they resulted in the following training courses: 3 Courses, in English, 37 people trained from: France / Guyana / USA / Mexico/ Ecuador/ Papua New Guinea / Democratic Republic of Congo / Vietnam / Thailand / Indonesia / Cambodia 1 Course in Portuguese, 12 people trained from: Paraguay / Mozambique / Angola 1 Course in Spanish, 12 people trained from: Peru / Ecuador / Guatemala/ Colombia After these sessions of training and capacity building, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) decided to adopt the technology developed by INPE, for a satellite-based forest monitoring system. The goal of the government of the DRC is to use the results monitoring to design and implement national forest policies.
© GEO Secretariat ID-02 Developing Institutional and Individual Capacity Capacity Building: Networking activities that specifically build individual, institutional and infrastructure capacity. Increased use of Earth observation in policy and decision making. Enhanced participation of developing countries in GEO and GEOSS. ID-02 Developing Institutional and Individual Capacity Capacity Building: Networking activities that specifically build individual, institutional and infrastructure capacity. Increased use of Earth observation in policy and decision making. Enhanced participation of developing countries in GEO and GEOSS. Description Enhance coordination of national and international capacity-building efforts to produce and use Earth observation and information. Increase the demand for day-to-day Earth observation and information across Societal Benefit Areas. Build national capacity in developing countries by enabling human, technical and institutional capacity for coordinating, accessing, using and sharing environmental data, information and services. Develop cross-border education and training across Societal Benefit Areas showing the short- and long-term benefits of Earth observation. Develop synergies, encourage cross-fertilization and address common challenges.
© GEO Secretariat ID-02 Developing Institutional and Individual Capacity Components : C1 Institutional Development –Leads (tentative): Chile (UDEC), China (CRESDA), Denmark (DMI), EC (FP7), France (BRGM), Germany (DLR, GKSS), Korea (KORDI), Netherlands (ITC), Norway (NERSC), South Africa (DST, Umvoto), Switzerland (University of Geneva), USA (USAID), UNEP –Priority Actions Establish regional capacity-building networks: Organize and reinforce international networks (incl. training opportunity networks) for the use and provision of Earth observations. Improve coordination of these networks through the GEO Portal and GEONETCast. Capacity building networks typically include key institutions in data provision (e.g. space agencies) and academic higher-education institutions. Training opportunity networks typically rely on virtual and e-learning knowledge transfer Create conditions for expanding GEO capacity building activities and improving their effectiveness across Societal Benefit Areas: Build upon ongoing projects such as the GEO Network for Capacity Building (GEONetCab), the GEO capacity building initiative in Central Asia (SEOCA), ACQWA, enviroGRIDS, AFROMAISON; and existing networks such as AFRIMET, the Latin American Network of Climate Change Offices (RIOCC); and the Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA)
© GEO Secretariat ID-02 Developing Institutional and Individual Capacity Components: C2 Individual Development –Leads (tentative): Brazil (INPE), China (CMA), Netherlands (ITC), South Africa (DST, Umvoto), USA (NOAA, USAID), CEOS (CSIR, INPE), EUMETSAT, UNOOSA, WMO –Priority Actions Coordinate capacity building components across Societal Benefit Areas: Organize summer schools or training workshops within and/or across Societal Benefit Areas (and related areas), e.g. Climate, Health, Disaster, Energy, Forest Monitoring. Build upon ongoing activities such as the CLIVER program for Latin America Foster recognition of cross-border education: Bring together (i) providers of international (and cross-border) capacity building; (ii) experts in recognition (credential valuation and accreditation) and governance (quality assurance) of higher-education qualifications; and (iii) professionals from the Earth observation and information sectors – to exchange knowledge and propose solutions to the issues of recognition and exchange of cross-border/international education Develop open-source software and open systems: Encourage the development of open-source solutions across and along the Earth observation value chain – building upon existing efforts and drawing upon networks of Open Source Software (OSS) developers Develop adequate dissemination schemes that reflect the reality of limited bandwidth in developing countries. Build upon the Data Democracy initiative and support CBERS, GEONetCast and SERVIR training
© GEO Secretariat ID-02 Developing Institutional and Individual Capacity ID-02 Resources Available for Implementation (tentative and preliminary) -European FP7 projects: AFROMAISON (started in March 2011 for a duration of 3 years, 3MEUR), GEO-Net-CaB, SEOCA, REGATTA project and fellowships (over 300) for courses in meteorology, co-funded by Spain -Activities funded by Brazil (INPE) for the development of free open source geotechnologies (including interfaces in several languages, tutorials, training courses and materials) EN-01: Resources Available for Implementation (tentative and preliminary) European FP7 projects ENDORSE (ENergy DOwnstReam SErvices - Providing energy components for GMES; ); AEGOS legacy
© GEO Secretariat CB Tasks - Questions for Discussion 1.Task progress Work Plan 2.Will the task go on to Work Plan? 1.YES 3.Which Tasks (ID) and / or Components (c) will the task contribute to? 1.ID-02 4.What resources are available from this task for Implementation of the work plan? 5.What is needed by the task for the Work Plan? More help required? More awareness? More support from GEO / GEOSec? 6.Do we anticipate something from the task to demonstrate at Plenary in November 2011? 7.Actions needed from today to November (Plenary)? 1.Consult with other task leads to see if they have things to be presented in Plenary 8.Other considerations?
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