Magazine article Foreign Policy

GMES: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security

Magazine article Foreign Policy

GMES: Global Monitoring for Environment and Security

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Launched in 1998, GMES is an EU-led initiative that combines satellites in earth orbit with ground, air, and sea-based measuring instruments to provide data to support the needs of policymakers and citizens. Initially developed as a scientific project, the joint EU-ESA GMES program has begun to evolve into a system that will contribute to a number of key priorities, including:

* Understanding and managing global change by providing data and validating models for phenomena such as El Nino, the carbon cycle, and climate change;

* Enhancing civil security by using observation systems to prevent and/or evaluate catastrophes, including fires, floods, and earthquakes;

* Providing information on rapidly changing "security" situations, such as those affecting peacekeepers, civil protection authorities, relief and medical personnel, and entities dealing with organized crime or terrorism.

The European Commission identifies user needs, provides for the development of services, and defines global governance of the system; ESA manages project implementation.

GMES will be the main European contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which links together existing and planned observation systems around the world and supports the development of new systems where gaps exist. …

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