An Earth Observation Platform to Support Pacific Island Nations

News / 6 November 2019

Pacific Island countries and territories require access to Earth observation (EO) capabilities that can inform decision making related to a range of environmental, food security, maritime and disaster risk reduction activities all impacted by climate change.

A range of new satellite capabilities with increased spatial temporal and spectral resolution, processing and analytical tools with platforms, such as Data Cubes with access to EO archives and new telecommunication links to Pacific Islands will make it possible to deliver EO products and services that are valuable for these island communities.

This report covers the key outcomes from a two-day consultation workshop that brought 75 delegates together, including representatives from 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), as well as key Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) agencies, together with some of the world’s leading providers in satellite EO data and data analysis. The participants came together to develop a shared understanding of EO needs of the PICTs, and to collectively cooperate to address them.

The workshop was held in Brisbane, Australia on the 11th and 12th October 2018 and was hosted by Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Geoscience Australia (GA), France and European Commission.

This report provides:

  • a brief overview of the approach taken in the workshop,
  • summaries of key findings that resulted from thematic discussion groups and
  • identifies agreed next steps to establish a ‘Plan of Action’ for establishing a Pacific Earth Observation Platform.

Recommendations from the workshop included a strategic framework for coordination and a Pacific Earth Observation Data Platform that can be used for regional, national, and sub-national needs. This could provide access to data and derived information products, to build indicators to meet the needs of the Pacific countries.

For more information about how EO can assist PICTs, follow the discussions at the GEO Week 2019 Pacific Islands Programme.

Download the Report here.



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