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Science & Technology Committee

Note: The information on this page was current until December 2011.


The Science and Technology Committee engages the scientific and technological communities in the development, implementation and use of a sustained GEOSS in order to ensure that GEO has access to sound scientific and technological advice.


  • Enable GEO to make decisions on best available and sound scientific and technological advice, through the solicitation of input from a broad, trans-disciplinary scientific and technological community
  • Ensure scientific and technological integrity and soundness of GEO Annual Work Plans.
  • Monitor and review output and deliverables of GEO Annual Work Plans.
  • In collaboration with GEO Members and participating organizations, and through transparent processes, identify individual experts and groups to participate in GEO working groups.
  • Facilitate linkages and partnership with major relevant international research programmes as well as organizations willing to contribute to GEO activities.

Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Australia - Stuart Minchin, Research Director (Environmental Observation and Landscape Science), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Land and Water, Black Mountain Laboratories
  • EuroGeoSurveys - Luca Demicheli, Secretary General, EuroGeoSurveys
  • Germany - Jörn Hoffmann, D-GEO Secretariat, German Aerospace Center
  • Italy - Stefano Nativi, Coordinator - Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory, Istituto di Metodologie per l'Analisi Ambientale (IMAA), National Research Council (CNR), Italian Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology
  • South Africa - Imraan Saloojee, Director: Earth Observations, Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • United Kingdom - Stuart Marsh, Head, Spatial Geoscience Technologies, British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • United States - Pai-Yei Whung, Chief Scientist, Office of the Science Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The GEO Secretariat Expert Staff supporting the Science and Technology Committee are: Douglas Cripe and Francesco Gaetani


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