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Earth-Observation Summit Endorses Global Data Sharing

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Science  12 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6006, pp. 902
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6006.902

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A veritable orchestra of Earth-observation systems is intended to make reams of data available and relevant to decision-makers. At the summit last week of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO)—the organization attempting to get this ensemble performing in synchrony—initiatives were unveiled to monitor land-cover changes and forest carbon stocks. And GEO delegates embraced plans to funnel data from platforms tracking everything from biodiversity to earthquake risks into a free and open database.