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Mission & Objectives

GEO (Group on Earth Observations) is a partnership of governments and organizations that envisions benefitting humankind by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.  GEO members include 102 nations and the European Commission, and 95 participating organizations (including INCOSE).  GEO collects raw data, processes, archives, interprets, and makes this data available to its members via easy-to-use channels.  This data is focused in eight Societal Benefit Areas - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Sustainability, Disaster Resilience, Energy and Mineral Resources Management, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Infrastructure & Transportation Management, Public Health Surveillance, Sustainable Urban Development, and Water Resources Management.

 INCOSE has been a participating member of GEO since 2007.  Our participation is through active involvement in two areas - Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and Monitoring & Evaluation.  A summary of each of INCOSE's areas of participation follows below.



Carl Landrum, Honeywell, retired





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Working Group Products

AIP Modeling

Joined GEO as a participating organization in 2005.

Have completed inputs to Architecture Implementation Plan (AIP) 1, 2 and 3 and presented final reports.

See report for AIP2.

Presented Engineering Final Report for AIP 2 to 80 Ministry representatives from their respective countries in Melbourne, Australia in September 2009.

Current tasking for AIP-3 includes updates to nine Societal Based (SBA) Area View Scenario Viewpoints for Enterprise, Information and Computational views and building of Engineering and Technical Viewpoints for all Nine SBA Scenarios. AIP-3 final report will be completed in April 2011 and be posted on this site.

 INCOSE currently participates on the Architecture and Data Committee and the User Interface Committee of GEOSS and is responsible for the UML Architecture development which was recently modified to include SysML syntax diagrams

 M&E Working Group

 Results of the evaluation will help determine how effective GEO has been in terms of societal impacts.  The evaluations previously performed by the Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group will be implemented through Foundational Tasks included in the GEO Work Plan

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

Planned Presentations at the Next Events