The Asia-Oceania region with its large population, numerous and fast environmental changes and frequent natural disasters pose a big challenge to the AO society. Complex geography, earthquakes and tsunamis, floods and droughts, environment deterioration and pollution, global warming and island losing, and mountain ecosystem degradation endanger the security of water, food, energy, health and ecosystem services. To confront these challenges, there is a demand to foster its application capacity and to develop an integrated, sharable, and sustained observation system. To develop such capacity, it is necessary to promote a regional cooperation on earth observation with broad involvement. Responding to these needs, GEOSS Asia Pacific Symposium has convened annually since 2007 and has strongly demonstrated the importance of fostering a forum for regional activities. On the foundation of these existing regional efforts, the Asia-Oceania GEOSS Initiative (hereinafter to be referred as AOGEOSS) attaches importance to comprehensive Earth observation application throughout the Asia-Oceania region. Through establishing the effective cooperation framework at regional, national, and global levels, the AOGEOSS initiative intends to promote the ability of AO countries to confront those challenges which pose a risk to the attainment of social sustainable development.
The AOGEOSS initiative will engage participants and stakeholders in Asia-Oceania region, and coordinate the observation infrastructure, leveraging the existing cooperation and conducting joint projects under the AO Caucus mechanism of intergovernmental GEO. Based on the several priorities in the AO regions, the dedicated AOGEOSS is specified into two categories: (1) The regional applications and services and (2) The foundational tasks.
To achieve the three Strategic Objectives of GEO, the AOGEOSS will rely on the two key functions of the previously established and very successful GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium as a forum that provides a regional communication and exchange platform, suitable for promoting discussion and information exchange on (i) cooperation on specific initiatives and (ii) as a scientific and technical workshop on each thematic area related to the Societal Benefit Areas.
Activities for the period
The actions will be conducted in regional applications and foundational tasks.
Involvement strategy is mainly relying on the communication activities at different platform, such as conference, side events, and related activities conducted by different consortiums. The GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium is one of the explicit platforms, which could provide a flexible and inclusive convening platform for end-users at different level, also playing a critical role for the user engagement and capacity building. AOGEOSS also focus on its capacity building to foster the user’s engagement through the existing activities.
Members: Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, South Korea.
Participating Organizations: CEOS, GRSS, ICIMOD, ICSU, ISDE, ISPRS, POGO, UNEP-IEMP, UNESCAP, UNESCO-HIST, WMO.
Linkages across the Work Programme
Flagships: GEO BON (AP-BON); GEOGLAM (Asia-RiCE); GFOI.
Initiatives: GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative; Oceans and Society: Blue Planet.
Community Activities: Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS).
Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)
University of Tokyo
GEO Sec Rep
GEO Sec Rep