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GEO 2017-2019 Work Programme



Activity ID: 145

What is EuroGEOSS?

EuroGEOSS is the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) with a focus on coordination and scaling-up user-driven applications being developed in Europe.

This GEO regional initiative aims to improve user uptake of Earth Observation data and improve forecasting capabilities for sound decision-making by governments for Europe’s benefit.


EuroGEOSS will be a gateway for European Earth Observation programmes and projects to GEOSS, with Copernicus as a major element.



The European GEO Caucus recognizes the value of establishing a strengthened European approach as a means to leverage impact of GEO resourcing by the Caucus members, and to accelerate GEOSS adoption and engagement across Europe from regional to local scales. Such an approach will consolidate the specific demand for GEOSS solutions in Europe, facilitate interaction with and contribute to relevant GEO actions and stimulate the innovation process tackling unaddressed regional needs.
EuroGEOSS will build upon, network and promote further incubation and scaling-up of the most promising user-oriented services conducted at national or EU levels by the members of the European GEO Caucus. Particular emphasis will be put on tackling as far as possible the 'last mile' of the innovation process, thus enabling pre-operational services which could extend / reinforce other GEO initiatives and flagships. This will accelerate the transformation of GEO from a data-centric to a user-driven partnership.

Activities for the period

  • Supporting the consolidation of national GEO management structures across Europe;
  • Identifying EO applications under development in Europe with highest potential to respond to consolidated European needs, but requiring further demonstration, incubation, upscaling, deployment or replication;
  • Up-scaling selected pilot applications by streamlining innovation instruments available at EU, national or sub-national levels;
  • Connecting EuroGEOSS pilot applications and related GEO actions to allow for appropriate scaling-up (from European to global scale) and scaling-down (from global to regional scale);
  • Showcasing GEOSS benefits to European citizens, science and businesses and promoting in Europe the GEO vision to realize a future wherein decisions and actions are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.

EuroGEOSS pilot applications shall take full benefit of the operational data and information products delivered by Copernicus, the EU operational programme for Earth observation. They shall be of direct relevance to the GEO Societal Benefit Areas or priorities of the GEO Engagement Strategy (including the Sustainable Development Goals), while leveraging Global and European EO assets to improve/facilitate the implementation of European environmental policy.

User engagement

At the heart of the Initiative is the ambition to foster the European user dimension in the process of scaling-up existing multi-disciplinary pilot applications. Particular emphasis will be put on tackling as far as possible the 'last mile' of the innovation process, thus enabling pre-operational services and promoting operational deployment.

To that end, the EuroGEOSS initiative will conduct periodic reviews of European user needs. These reviews will take into account of European user communities already involved in existing GEO tasks and other communities in Europe identified via members of the Initiative. EuroGEOSS will take full advantage of the many user platforms and consultation processes being already conducted at European, national and local levels by the members of the European GEO Caucus. EuroGEOSS will aggregate user demand at regional level including from GEO-aware and GEO-unaware European users. This process shall ensure that future EuroGEOSS pilot applications are driven by structured, consolidated user needs of regional significance in a multi-lingual context.

The Initiative will also engage with relevant GEO tasks with the aim to extend their user communities from Europe and link GEO activities with capabilities and initiatives undertaken in Europe. Contacts will be systematically taken with relevant GEO Task lead(s) depending on the themes addressed by initial EuroGEOSS pilot applications. In addition, a matrix of European contributors in the various GEO Tasks will be established in view of increasing communication on specific European needs.

Future plans

The EuroGEOSS roadmap 2017-2019 foresees an initial phase to establish EuroGEOSS during the fourth quarter 2017, a consolidation phase to start delivering EuroGEOSS pilot applications in 2018 and a third phase in 2019 to showcase the EuroGEOSS added value at the next GEO Summit and plan for its evolution. The Initiative will follow a step-wise approach, starting quickly on few thematic pilot applications. A progressive increase in the number of pilots and extension of thematic coverage will be envisaged in function of availability of new resources.


The EuroGEOSS initiative provides an opportunity to reinforce GEO engagement and commitment by the European Caucus' members. The extent of the EuroGEOSS undertaking will evolve in function of the staff resourcing contribution by the GEO member countries, the European Commission and the participating organisations of the European GEO Caucus.
The initial phase of EuroGEOSS shall notably be supported through the Horizon 2020 (Societal Challenge 5 Call 2018). The objective shall be to demonstrate the effective use of European Earth observation resources (including space, airborne, in-situ measurements and citizen observations) to scale up and to prepare for operational environmental forecasting, and for mitigation and adaptation actions through building operational and research based activities e.g. Copernicus services, GEO initiatives and flagships.
Beyond the initial phase, EuroGEOSS shall follow a similar approach to GEOSS implementation in general, with a focus on leveraging existing European capacities and streamlining existing programmes and funding schemes. Thus, EuroGEOSS will rely significantly, though not exclusively, on in-kind contributions such as observing capacities, networks, expertise, staff time, interoperability arrangements and standards, datasets, information systems, services, projects and programmes.


Members: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, EC, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.
Participating Organizations: EARSC, ECMWF, EU SatCen, EEA, ESA, EuroGeoSurveys, EUMETNET, EUMETSAT, EUROGOOS, i-BEC.
Others: Lithuania.

Linkages across the Work Programme
Initiatives: GEO-DARMA; GEO Carbon and GHG; GEOSS-EVOLVE; GEO VENER; GSNL; Oceans and Society: Blue Planet.
Community Activities: CAMS; C3S.


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