European Earth Observation System

Type of Structure: program
Regional Scope: continental in the area: Europe
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Duration : 0 to present
Contact Address: S. Balestreri
Institute for Remote Sensing Application
IT-21020 Ispra (VA)

General information and objectives

The European Space Agency and the European Commission have agreed to work towards a more efficient and cost-effective use of Earth observation data, by combining their expertise with that of their Member States plus other relevant European organisations such as EUMETSAT to establish a coordinated, decentralized Earth observation network called the European Earth Observation System, EEOS (EC, 1995).

The objectives of EEOS are to:
• improve the ability to monitor and understand the Earth system on local, regional and global scales;
• enable EU, EEA and ESA and their Member States – through Earth observation derived information – to implement their own policies and programs more efficiently; and
• enable the European Earth observation industry to be more competitive in European and global markets.

In this collaboration, the ESA and the national space agencies will take responsibility for receiving satellite data and data preprocessing and distribution. The EC contribution to EEOS is the Centre for Earth Observation (CEO), which will foster the development of applications of Earth observation data that meet the information requirements of scientific, operational and commercial users. The CEO is presently in the design and implementation phase (1996-98).

Last update: 3/26/97
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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