The Global Earth Observation System of Systems will only succeed if it is user driven. It is therefore vital to engage a large variety of users, from developed and developing countries, and from governmental departments and ministries, scientific institutes, industry, and national and international organizations, in the construction of GEOSS.
While GEOSS focuses on nine distinct groups of users and uses – the Societal Benefit Areas – these user groups cannot be viewed in isolation. Instead, they are mutually interdependent. They require many “cross-cutting” or “synergistic” observation systems, data sets and solutions.
The GEO Secretariat Expert responsible for User Engagement is Tomoko Mano .