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About Sustainable Urban Development


Use of Earth observations can promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity for all levels of human settlement, fostering national urban planning and showing land change over time to rethink the Urban Agenda.


GEO will advocate the value of Earth observations, engage communities and deliver data and information in support of Sustainable Urban Development by assisting in the development of resilient cities and assessment of urban footprints; in order to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through identifying economic externalities, managing environmental, climate and disaster risks, and building capacity to participate, plan and manage based on objective information regarding urban development.

Summary description of 2016 Plans

2016 activities focus on improving coordination of observations and monitoring of human settlements as well as to the development of a global inventory.


Related Work Programmme Activities


GEO Initiatives

GEO Human Planet Initiative: Spatial Modeling of Impact, Exposure and Access to Resources

Global Observation System for Persistent Organic Pollutants (GOS4POPS)

Global Urban Observation and Information


Community Activities

African Geochemical Baselines

Airnow International: Expanding Networks and Integrating Methods for Air Quality and Health Data

Chinese Tsunami Mitigation System

Earth Observations for Cultural Heritage Documentation

Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS)

Cross Cutting Activities


GEO Initiatives

AfriGEOSS: Reinforcing Regional African Engagement


Asia-Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS)

Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative


Oceans and Society: Blue Planet


Community Activities

Access to climate data in GEOSS

Advancing Communication Networks

Earth Observations and Citizen Science

Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS)

Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)

Data Analysis and Integration System (DIAS)


GFCS - GEO Collaboration

Himalayan GEOSS

Research Data Science Summer Schools

Socio-Economic Benefits of Earth Observations

Space and Security

Synergized Multi-Source Remote Sensing Products and Services

Contact person in the GEO Secretariat

Secretariat Experts: Andre Obregon -, Wenbo Chu -