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GEO: Building Disaster Resilience by Harnessing the Data Revolution

Friday, February 17, 2017, 3:30 pm

CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and

In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals (ISEPEI) project 

cordially invite you to the next talk in

CEU Open Lecture Series on Disaster Management by


GEO Secretariat



FEBRUARY 17, 2017 / 15:30 / NADOR UTCA 13, ROOM 118

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a global partnership of governments and organizations, envisions a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefits of human kind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth Observations. To realize its vision, GEO works to connect the demand for sound and timely environmental information with the supply of data and information about the Earth that is collected through observing systems and made available by the GEO community. A central part of GEO’s Mission is to build the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). GEOSS is a set of coordinated, independent Earth observation, information and processing systems that interact and provide access to diverse information for a broad range of users in both public and private sectors. It increases our understanding of the Earth processes and enhances predictive capabilities that underpin sound decision-making.

In the domain of disaster risk management, GEO advocates the value of Earth observations, engages communities and delivers data and information in support of Disaster Resilience by increasing capacity to prepare, forecast, mitigate, manage and recover from disasters; in order to achieve a substantial reduction of risk and losses of life and property through an understanding of disaster risk brought by maintaining and strengthening in-situ and remotely-sensed Earth and climate observations while enhancing the access to, and the sharing and use of, data and information obtained through such observations.

Douglas Cripe is an expert on health, water, ocean and science and technology at the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, Geneva. Before joining the GEO, Dr. Cripe was a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) at the University of Geneva; has served as assistant editor for the Environmental Science & Policy Journal (Elsevier); served as the coordinator for the climate module of the Environmental Diplomacy course offered jointly with UNEP and the Graduate Institute of Geneva; and worked several years as a Research Associate in climate modeling at Colorado State University.

All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend!

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