Building a sustainable Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) will require strengthening human skills, institutional capacities and infrastructure.
Individuals need training on how to access and use Earth observation data and decision-support tools. Governments and institutions need long-term programmes that build their capacity to make decisions based on Earth observations, manage and protect natural resources and engage the private sector in these activities. Infrastructure investments are essential for upgrading and inter-linking hardware and software for acquiring, processing, interpreting and distributing observation data.
GEO’s role is to serve as an honest broker that assists the providers and users of Earth observations as well as potential resource providers. GEO also collects information on current capacity-building efforts and needs around the world in order to identify gaps and possible duplication.
The GEO Secretariat Expert responsible for Capacity Building is João Soares .