|CEOS was established to provide coordination of the Earth observations being provided by satellite missions, recognising that no single programme, agency, or nation can hope to satisfy all of the observational requirements which are necessary for improved understanding of the Earth System. Since its establishment, CEOS has provided a broad framework for international coordination on spaceborne Earth observation missions.
What does CEOS Contribute?
CEOS strives to facilitate the necessary harmonisation and achieve maximum cost-effectiveness for the overall set of space-based observation programmes of member countries and agencies.
CEOS has established three primary objectives in pursuing this goal:
— to optimise benefits of spaceborne Earth observations through cooperation of its members in mission planning and in development of compatible data products, formats, services, applications and policies;
— to serve as a focal point for international coordination of space-related Earth observation activities;
— to exchange policy and technical information to encourage complementarity and compatibility of observation and data exchange systems.
The work of CEOS spans the full range of activities required for proper international coordination of Earth observation programmes and maximum utilisation of their data. It ranges from the development of detailed technical standards for data product exchange, through to the establishment of high level inter-agency agreements on common data principles for different application areas, such as global climate change and environmental monitoring.