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1 Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) Providing scientific information for decision making Veronica Grasso, Ph.D. United Nations Environment Programme UNEP Mandate To keep the world environmental situation under review

2 WHY? Vision: Everyone in the world should have access to information about what is happening to his/her environment Mission: Providing scientific information for decision making Goal: Empower people with engaging environmental information Through GEAS, UNEP will become Information Broker of scientifically credible data and information to public and decision makers;

3 Scientific Research Earth Observation Systems Scientific News Local knowledge Sources Near-Real Time Information on Environmental Hazards (air pollution, Lakes water level, etc.) Scientific Findings Change Analysis OutputUsers UNEP and partners National Environment Ministries International Agencies Civil Society GEAS Component 1 Near-Real Time Environmental Hazards Alerts Component 2 Environmental Hotspots Alerts Component 3 Environmental Science Alerts Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) Feedback HOW?

4 Earth Observation Systems and models SourcesAnalysis Screening Integration Synthesis Packaging Output/ Communication Web Service with Real-time Maps: Google Map, Google Earth Early Warning Alert: , SMS. Local Knowledge Ground Information GEAS Component 1 Near-Real Time Environmental Hazards Alerts HOW? Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS)

5 Screening Integration Synthesis Packaging Environmental Change case studies Google Earth Visualization 1973 and 2003 Iguazu, South America. Earth Observation Systems and models Local Knowledge Ground Information GEAS Component 2 Environmental Hotspots Alerts SourcesAnalysisOutput/ Communication HOW? Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS)

6 Screening Integration Synthesis Packaging Scientific Research Findings Science digest notes Malaria Early Warning for Sub Saharan Africa Recently, a group of scientists from the Center for Medium- Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, UK, developed a method for predicting malaria impact several months in advance. Malaria represents the most important parasitic infection in people causing more than 1 million deaths each year, mostly in Sub-Saharan ……. Unfortunately more often malaria treatments are not easily accessible and effective in Africa, especially to ones References Palmer T. N., Alessandri A., Andersen U., … GEAS Component 3 Environmental Science Alerts SourcesAnalysisOutput/ Communication HOW? Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS)

7 Use of standard format alerts: compatible with all information systems, warning systems, media, and most importantly, with new technologies such as web services. A partnership with Google and the news media is being explored Ongoing discussions to include GEAS in the GEO web portal GEAS could become a content provider for GEONETCast..Harnessing the power of new technologies HOW? Outreach and User Engagement

8 Profiling System Profile Manager Use this page to configure your preferences for GEAS weekly update. Fields marked with* arerequired. Name: * Secret question: * Answer: * Confirm answer: * Company: Country: delivery preferences: HTML Plain text Please select which components of the system you are interested in.Please select at least one component. Alerts Component (1) – information on environmental hazards in your area of interest Hotspots Component (2)–environmental change case studies Briefs Component (3) – news briefs covering new scientific findings Your address will not be disclosed to third parties without your authorization. By submitting this form you are subscribing to a weekly update service, which you can terminate at any time. Submit Select one Select theme(s) of interest Cyclones Earthquakes Fires Floods Volcanic Eruptions Select location(s) of interest Lat: Long: Add Give Feedback

9 GEAS live Demo GEAS – Near Real Time Component: Demo

10 GEAS – Hotspots Component: Google Earth Demo


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