GEO Space and Security Community Activity
GEO (Group on Earth Observations) is an international organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth Observation (EO) for the benefit of society. It is a partnership of 105 member states, 127 Participating Organizations and 12 Observers engaged to support the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The EuroGEOSS initiative aims at bringing together all of the EO resources available in Europe and the recent creation of Action Groups focused on different sectors directly supports this goal.
SatCen participates in GEO through four main axes of actuation:
- Being a GEO Participating Organization that endorses the 2016-2025 Strategic Plan;
- Participating in the European GEO HLWG and of the EuroGEO Coordination Group;
- Contributing to H2020 projects addressing GEO relevant topics (e.g. NextGEOSS and E-SHAPE);
- Participating in the EuroGEO Action Group for Disaster Resilience;
- Leading the Space and Security Community Activity (SSCA), started in 2015 and having already engaged relevant members such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the World Food Programme (WFP), UNESCO-IHE and EuroGeoSurveys.
More in detail, the Space and Security Community Activity aims at enhancing:
- The resilience of the society against natural and man-made disasters;
- The protection of critical infrastructures;
- The efficiency in tasks related to border and maritime surveillance as well as to civil protection and humanitarian aid;
- The capacity of relevant stakeholders to achieve the Security relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Furthermore, the Space and Security Community Activity works towards raising awareness and adoption of open data, citizen science, in-situ data and advanced technologies in the Space and Security domain.