About the GEO Data and Knowledge Week 2020

The international Earth observation data community is invited to join the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) in Beijing, China for GEO Data and Knowledge Week 2020.

The GEO Data and Knowledge Week will take place in the Beijing Friendship Hotel [1 South Avenue (Nan Dajie), Zhongguancun(1), Tel: +86-10-68498888 Fax:+86-10-68498866]

For the first time ever, the GEO Data Providers Workshop and GEO Data Technology Workshop will take place together in a new format as a single event: GEO Data and Knowledge Week 2020.

Hosted by the ChinaGEO Secretariat, the event will focus on open data and ways to ensure that available Earth observation data and knowledge can support international policy frameworks including the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement. It will include a full programme of workshops, training sessions, EO site tours, and more.

Accommodation and Room Booking

The venue of 2020 GEO Data and Knowledge Week is Beijing Friendship Hotel, and it also provides accommodation for participants. Please visit Beijing Friendship Hotel’s website to make your reservation. To get the discount rate, please use reservation code ‘2020geo’ while the room booking.


17 - 21 February 2020: Exhibition

Following several requests from partners, the local committee plans to set up a limited exhibition area close to the coffee corner. Please contact Bonan Wu at wubn@aircas.ac.cn if you are interested in setting up a space at the exhibition.

17 February 2020: Side Events Day

Side Event 1: Friendship Hotel (Room TBA)

9:00-10:30 Session: Building trustworthy service and interoperability requirements for Earth observations

Reliable and trusted EO data is necessary to support sound decision making. The intelligent processing of EO data and interoperability among EO systems have become key elements in the evolution of open data and open science. This side event will explore ways to foster trustworthy EO services by enabling interoperability of EO data and processing in areas such as: parameter of sensor, platform operational status, feature-spectrum characteristics, algorithms, etc. This session will present potential new standards and protocols that could be proposed to ensure open science and build trust in EO data and services...

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session: Win-Win cooperation between GEO and the commercial sector

The number of earth observing and related commercial enterprises is on the rise and they are playing an increasingly important role in GEO activities. GEO must respond to commercial sector needs and data acquiring abilities. The way to “win-win cooperation” will be discussed in this session. Experts and teams from commercial enterprises and research organizations will discuss their experience working with GEO. In the panel, the discussion will include the commercial enterprises’ expectations and how they can contribute to GEO activities.

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session: Supporting climate change adaption, AOGEO and EuroGEO collaboration on EO shared data and derived knowledge

The proposed side event aims at strengthening the cooperation between AOGEO and EuroGEO on the role of Earth Observation (EO) for Climate Adaptation. It is part of a larger effort, outlined in a roadmap set to be presented at the event, between the two regional GEO Caucuses to further collaborate on EO data, methodologies, and knowledge sharing to increase resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards. Regional GEOs have unique characteristics in terms of raising GEO’s visibility, networking with local communities, and understanding regional needs. Collaboration on EO data and knowledge sharing between different regional GEOs can enhance global observation systems, network stakeholders, and promote capacities.

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Session: Earth Observation Data for reporting on the Targets of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction: Regional and national efforts

Several countries are preparing to report on the targets outlined in the Sendai Framework and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However the data needed for this purpose often does not exist based on the traditional ways of data collection, and this poses difficulty in reporting. Earth Observation (EO) data, including past archives and current data, can help to fill the gaps. EO data resources are dramatically increasing and advances in big data, cloud computing, machine learning provide new opportunities to access and utilize the EO data to derive multi-hazard and risk information and prepare better emergency responses. This information when segmented in time series and integrated with in-situ information can help countries to derive indicators and report on the targets of the Sendai Framework.


Side Event 2: Friendship Hotel (Room TBA)

9:00-12:30 Session: EO data supporting SDG monitoring and knowledge service

Earth observations, geospatial data, and derived information can play insightful roles in monitoring and reporting on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).This session will focus on ways to integrate geospatial information, especially EO Data, to monitor and track the SDGs, which can help nations make informed decisions and plan, on-going adjustments towards the achievement of the SDGs.

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session: Climate change data and knowledge: Challenges and opportunities

Scientific evidence for warming of the world’s climate system is unequivocal (IPCC). This side event will bring climate change researchers, policy makers, media reporters, and end users together to discuss the grand challenges that we are facing on effective climate data management and analytics, knowledge engineering and presentation. We will also explore the opportunities to further promote climate change data sharing, system integration and knowledge transfer.

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Session: Collaboration on integrated observations and digital services for High Asia and Polar Cold Regions

GEO is working to build a shared system for sustainable observations, data archiving and information service known as the GEO System of Systems (GEOSS).

The mid-latitude High Asia and high-latitude Polar Cold Regions are facing challenges related to climate change, water and other challenges related to societal activities. This side event aims to enhance the exchange on in-situ and satellite observations, data platforms, sharing and interoperability in these fragile environments. Special attention will be given to discussions on digital services, water, shipping and climate change from an added value chain approach.

Big Data and digital services for cold regions can impact water security, infrastructure, transportation and climate change resilience. This side event will consist of short open talks with presentations, and a half hour open discussion. A short conclusion from this side event will be disseminated to the attendees.

Potential speakers include: Institutes of CAS, PRIC, NMEFC, TuDelft, FMI-ASC, and relevant projects, like BED, and INTAROS/MARIS, etc.


Side Event 3: Friendship Hotel (Room TBA)

9:00-10:30 Session: Toward collaborative innovation in GEO: From vision to chance creation

Increasingly advanced technologies are driving explosive growth in EO data. However, applications and solutions tend to lag behind the emerging techniques and EO data available. There is a great need for innovative solutions and for capacity development, especially in developing countries.

This side event provides an interactive forum for practitioners and stakeholders in the EO community to showcase the successful application solutions, and it encourages in-depth discussion of the issues around collaborative innovation in EO industry. The ideas and practices will be summarized to support industrial sector engagement in GEO activities and further integrated into the guidelines on prototyping EO industrial innovative platforms.

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:30 Session: EO for global drought monitoring

Drought affects various sectors such as agricultural production, water availability and social and economic development. Drought risk can be measured and analyzed by Earth observation data.  EO is no doubt the best instrument to monitor the occurrence of drought and evaluate the loss induced by drought in large areas.. This session will bring together the state of the art drought monitoring technology and will promote cooperation under the GEO framework towards a global drought monitoring system supported by EO data and information.

The session consists of the following proposed speakers:

  1. Satellite based drought monitoring activities in China, DIMERS, China
  2. North American Drought Monitor, NOAA, USA
  3. Drought Monitoring and user needs in WMO, WMO
  4. Towards a global agricultural monitoring system, GADM, China

20 minutes each and 10 minutes for discussion.

Lunch (there are still two slots for the afternoon session’s application)

18 - 21 February 2020: GEO Data and Knowledge Workshop

Objectives of the workshop: 

  • Foster interaction within the GEO Community to facilitate collaborative approaches to address challenges and opportunities.
  • Align through better interaction of GEO Work Programme activities the support of Policy (Decision Making) needs with a focus on the GEO engagement priorities: Disaster, Climate, SDGs with respect to data, applications, knowledge and existing technological tools and related gaps
  • Showcase missing elements in the GEO Work Programme activities in terms of Data, Technology, Usability (Modelling - Policy) in addressing policy goals
  • Demonstrate to GEO Users successful uptake by GEO users from the public and private sectors (how to boost awareness, facilitate use, etc.)
  • Promote the Open Science approaches supporting end-to-end reproducible solutions and best practices in data sharing and data management
  • Explore technological advancements towards open and reproducible knowledge (e.g. Cloud Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning).
  • Demonstrate the value of the GEOSS Infrastructure including GEO Knowledge Hub

Throughout the entire workshop there will be an exhibition with sponsor booths, poster sessions and training sessions.

Workshop programme: 

Tuesday 18 February 2020 (Meeting Chair: Xingfa Gu)

Session 1 (Moderator: Xingfa Gu)

 (09h00-09h15) Opening and Welcome

 (09h15-09h40) Keynote: Better earth observations for ecological civilization (Pengde Li, China Geological Survey)

 (09h40-10h00) Objectives of the workshop (Doug Cripe, GEO Secretariat)

 (10h00-10h30) Coffee

Session 2 (Moderator: Doug Cripe)

 (10h30-11h15) Keynote: Data and Knowledge Challenges in GEO (Gilberto Camara, GEO Secretariat Director)

 (11h15-11h45) Keynote: Asia-Pacific Networked Geospatial Data Platform (Hub) (Tiziana Bonapace, UNESCAP)

 (11h45-12h30) Discussion

 (12h30-13h30) Lunch

Session 3 - GEOSS Infrastructure Current Status (Moderator: Rich Frazier)

 (13h30-14h00) GEOSS Platform (Joost van Bemmelen & Guido Colangeli)

 (14h00-14h30) GEO Knowledge Hub (Gilberto Queiroz, Hendrik Baeyens, Florian Franziskakis)

 (14h30-15h00) Discussion

 (15h00-15h30) Coffee

Session 4 - GEO Flagships/Initiatives Successes and challenges (Moderator Ivan Petitville)

 What does open science means for them and how can the GEOSS Infrastructure help scale up their activities? Impact Stories, Data and Knowledge Needs and Gaps.

 (15h30-17h00) GEOGLAM

 (17h00-17h30) GOS4M

 (17h30-18h00) Human Planet Initiative

 (18h00-18h30) Discussion

Wednesday 19 February 2020 (Meeting Chair: Douglas Cripe)

Session 5 - Open EO Spaceborne Data: Overview of Global Efforts (Moderator: Wenbo Chu)

 (09h00-10h00) Panel Discussion (CNSA / EC / USGS / CEOS)

 (10h00-10h30) Discussion

 (10h30-11h00) Coffee

Session 6 - Production of Analysis Ready Data (ARD) (Moderator: Max Craglia)

 (11h00-12h30) Analysis Ready Data (USGS / Sentinel Hub / PCI Gematics / DE Australia)

 (12h30-13h00) Discussion

 (13h00-14h00) Lunch

Session 7 - Engagement Priorities (Moderator: Imraan Saloojee)

 Needs related to EO data and knowledge.

 (14h00-15h00) Climate (GCA / ICIMOD / Tsinghua University / Arctic GEOSS)

 (15h00-15h30) Coffee

 (15h30-16h30) Disasters (AOGEO / DIAS / UNOOSA - UNSPIDER)

 (16h30-17h00) SDGs (WG4SDG SDG17 / UNEP)

 (17h00-17h30) Discussion

Thursday 20 February 2020 (Meeting Chair: Xingfa Gu)

Session 8 - Capacity Development and Reproducible Knowledge (Moderator: Joost Teuben)

 (09h00-10h30) Presentations & Discussion (ITC / DE Africa / Open Source Software / Reproducible knowledge)

 (10h30-11h00) Coffee

Session 9 - (G)EO and Emerging Technologies/ Data Cubes (DC) (Moderator: Stefano Nativi)

 (11h00-12h40) (DE Africa & Open DCs / Brazil DC / Swiss DC / GDAL cubes / Principles, Standards and Practices)

 (12h40-13h00) Discussion

 (13h00-14h00) Lunch

Session 10 - Cloud Computing and GEOSS Infrastructure: Case Studies (Moderator: Gregory Giuliani)

 (14h00-15h40) (Land Use Change / AI on Huawei Cloud / Machine Learning / Reproducible Knowledge / Federated Data Cubes w/ Rasdaman)

 (15h40-16h00) Discussion

 (16h00-16h30) Coffee

Session 11 - Emerging Cloud infrastructures from the Private sector (Moderator: Guoqing Li)

 (16h30-17h30) (Alibaba Cloud / EC DG DEFIS/EURO DIAS / Esri)

 (17h30-18h00) Discussion

Friday 21 February 2020 (Meeting Chair: Douglas Cripe)

Session 12 - Innovative applications and systems from private sector (Moderator: Lionel Menard)

 (09h00-10h30) (Next EOS / PIESAT / Eversis / EARSC)

 (10h30-11h00) Coffee

Session 13 - Data and Knowledge Sharing Ethics (Moderator: Bob Chen)

 (11h00-12h00) (Philippines Indigenous Peoples / Refugee and IDP settlements / Balancing Open Access and Other Ethical Concerns)

 (12h00-12h30) Discussion

Session 14 - Closing session (Douglas Cripe)

 (12h30-13h30) (Closing remarks / Workshop outcomes / Side Events outcomes)

22 February 2020: EO Site tours

China GEO secretariat will invite the representatives to have a closed visit to Chinese space agencies and Earth observation facilities. The local committee offers following tours, including facilities tours, technical seminars, as well as free lunches and transportation:

  • Route 1:Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Center, MNR (morning)
  • Route 2:China National Space Administration: Dongfanghong Co. Ltd + CRESDA  (morning + afternoon)
  • Route 3:Aerospace information Research Institute, CAS (morning + afternoon)
  • Route 4:National Satellite Ocean Application Service (afternoon)
  • Route 5:National Satellite Meteorological Centre  (afternoon)


Registration is closed.