Global Environmental Leaders to Detail Major Advances in Earth Observations
Focus on Climate, Public Health, Energy, Water Quality, Food Security, Sea Level Rise
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by Group on Earth Observations:
WHAT: Group on Earth Observations Global Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:45 PM
WHERE: Ronald Reagan Building, “Hemisphere A” — Photo ID required. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC
WHO: Sherburne B. Abbott, Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator, Chinese Meteorological Administration
Dr. Philemon Mjwara, Director-General, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
Manuela Soares, Director for Environmental Research, Research Directorate-General, European Commission
Prof. Jose Achache, Director, GEO Secretariat
With 79 countries and the European Commission, the Group on Earth Observations is opening a world of possibilities, enabling us to envision a planet that is better able to predict, prevent and adapt to climate change-driven impacts. Homes would be flood-ready because communities have a reliable heads-up about the likelihood of extreme precipitation. Around the globe, lives would be safer because reliable climate change information alerts us to food and water quality, sea-level rise, infectious disease outbreaks and much more. The group is pioneering efforts to track global trends in carbon levels, biodiversity loss, deforestation, water resources, ocean temperatures and other critical indicators of planetary health and human well-being. Specifics for regions around the globe will be detailed at this press event.
A global exhibition will capture what many countries and organizations are doing in the very broad arena of Earth observations, in space, in the oceans, in the atmosphere and on land. There will be excellent imagery and other visuals, and demos on climate, the Arctic, drought, air quality, famine and malaria early warning, land use data, disaster management and much more.
SOURCE Group on Earth Observations