US: Esri is working with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to create a GIS platform for the programme Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Esri technology will make GEOSS earth observation data available to a wider audience for understanding, monitoring, and making decisions about the planet. Esri will work with GEOSS designers to improve information search and discover functionality between contributors' various content collections.
"By underpinning scientific data with Esri's technology, GEOSS is situated to play a global role in brokering various forms of earth science, observation, and information," said Stefano Nativi, GEOSS technology lead and Earth and Space Science Informatics Laboratory coordinator. A memorandum of understanding describes how Esri and GEOSS designers will explore ways to create paths between GEOSS and Esri's geospatial cloud platform ArcGIS Online. With the system in place, scientists will benefit from basemaps, imagery, and data layers in Esri's ArcGIS Online, while the ArcGIS Online community benefits by discovering and using certain GEOSS data."Esri's participation in the GEOSS program will enable a broader community to lay observation information on authoritative basemaps of the planet. The overarching goal is to generate greater understanding of earth measurements, existing knowledge and scientific analysis so that more people can take action,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri president.