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The GEOSS data sharing and management principles aim to ensure that EO and In-situ data are discoverable, documented, and compliant with relevant standards to ensure intercompatibility between different data sources. Adherence to such standards can greatly improve the value of such data, maximising the benefits that they can bring to users for developing services and monitoring policy objectives.

The InCASE project looks at how these principles can be applied specifically to in-situ data to support European environmental monitoring activities, especially around climate adaptation policies. To achieve this, the project will perform a range of activities aimed at the implementation and promotion of data sharing principles for in situ data. These are focused on a series of showcases, covering losses and damages caused by climate extremes, hazards and vulnerabilities to a changing climate, and ecosystems relevant to carbon sequestration. For each showcase data sets will be inventoried, with key data sets identified for follow-up activities to promote their availability.  The project will also provide technical support on interoperability and quality requirements for such in-situ data and support existing GEO working groups.

The project is being funded by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), and supports work that EEA is performing under its SLA with the EC’s DG-RTD “Mainstreaming GEOSS data sharing and management principles in support of Europe’s environment”. It works closely with existing activities being performed by EEA and GEO, as well as aligning with key EC initiatives such as the European Strategy for Data, the Green Deal Data Space, and Destination Earth.


Earth Observation, European Environmental Agency, GEOSS

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