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22-25 September 2014

Hotel Hilton, Mexico Reforma
Mexico City


Global Earth Observation System of Systems for Americas

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The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) was formed in order to maximise the value of Earth Observation data for decision making. GEO is striving to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS, which will yield critical information across nine Societal Benefit Areas, including Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Water and Weather. GEOSS in the Americas, currently chaired by Colombia, is focused on enhancing regional coordination, develop mechanisms and build capacity for comprehensive and sustained Earth observations. Countries in the Americas region are experiencing the effects of a changing climate, increasing frequency and severity of natural and human-induced hazards, challenges with food production and security, and scarcer water resources. Coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations are essential to better understand these phenomena and to develop mechanisms to mitigate the effects on society and the environment. GEO will host a meeting of its member Countries and Participating Organizations, from across the Latin America region on 25th September, 2014 in Mexico City, during the 4th edition of the Latin America Geospatial Forum.

Discussions at this GEOSS in the Americas session are aimed to:
1. Demonstrate the benefits of GEOSS for better coordination amongst government agencies
2. Showcase the value of GEOSS for both private and public sector users
3. Showcase increased value for Earth observation from space data with integration of in-situ data and application development
4. Encourage potential government agencies to participate in GEOSS
5. Increase involvement of current members to enrich the platform through data and services
The session will be a mixed group of senior professionals from: • GEO government EO data and service providers (both spatial and in situ)
• Private sector data and service providers
• Private and public sector user agencies
• Private sector solutions and application developers
• Prospective government agencies keen to explore participation in GEOSS

Time (hrs)Speakers
0930 - 1100 Session 1: Earth observations in Latin America. Uses and needs
0930 - 0950 Barbara J. Ryan, Director, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat, Switzerland  [Presentation]
0950 - 1000 Francisco Javier Mendieta Jiménez, Director,AEM - Agencia Espacial Mexicana, Mexico [Presentation]
1000 - 1010 Ricardo Quiroga Coordinador, GEO, Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales de Colombia, Colombia [Presentation]
1010 - 1020 Martin Medina, NOAA NESDIS-IIA, USA [Abstract] [Presentation]
1020 - 1100 Q & A
1100 - 1200  
1200 - 1330 Session 2: GEO Initiatives in Latin America
1200 - 1210 Luciano Parodi, Minister Counselor, Consul General of Chile in Ushuaia, GEO Principal of Chile, Chile [Presentation]
1210 - 1220 Ederson Cabrera, GFOI PoC, Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales de Colombia, Colombia
1220 - 1240 Francisco Delgado, Lead,SERVIR Geospatial Information Technology, USA  [Abstract] [Presentation]
1240 - 1250 Roger Sayre, USGS, USA [Abstract] [Presentation]
1250 - 1330 Q & A
1330 - 1430  
1430 - 1600 Session 3: Working with geospatial data. Experiences and lessons learnt
1430 - 1440 Maurício Braga Meira, Regional Manager Latin America, Blackbridge, Brazil [Abstract]
1440 - 1450 Flavio Wasniewski,  Account Manager for Latin America, MDA, Canada [Abstract] [Presentation]
1450 - 1500 Noemí Guzmán Lagunes, Director, Secretaría de Protección Civil, Gobierno de Veracruz, Mexico [Abstract] [Presentation]
1500 - 1510 Ana Prados, NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET), USA  [Presentation]
1510 - 1600 Q & A
1600 - 1630  
1630 - 1730 Session 4 (Panel) Way forward: building a GEOSS node in Latin America. (Moderator Barbara Ryan)
1630 - 1640Moderator: Barbara J. Ryan, Director, Group on Earth Observations Secretariat, Switzerland

Rolando Ocampo Alcantar, Vice president, INEGI - Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, Mexico [Presentation]
1640 - 1650 Eric Van Praag, Coordinator of GeoSUR, CAF - The Latin American Development Bank, Venezuela
[Abstract] [Presentation]
1650 - 1700 Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America [Abstract] [Presentation]
1700 - 1710 Diego Souza, INPE, Brasil [Abstract] [Presentation]
1710 - 1730 Q & A


Latin America Geospatial Forum Secretariat
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