GIS software company joins GEO

September 5th, 2019, Published in Articles: Vector

Esri, a commercial GIS software provider, has announced its membership in the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) as an ass. The new GEO Associates category allows commercial and nongovernmental entities to apply to join existing member institutions in activities promoting GEO’s goals and ideals of advancing the universal accessibility of open data and promoting sustainability resulting from Earth observations. The company membership acknowledges its involvement with GEO over the last six years, which has included the development of interoperability between GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and ArcGIS Online, allowing global information in open data sites built on the Esri platform to be available to everyone in GEO and permitting Esri users to search the GEOSS Portal as well. In response to GEO’s interest in data that enables ecosystem management, the company has also partnered with the US Geological Survey on an initiative to devise ecosystem mapping methods. This combined effort resulted in the globally consistent, statistically-based ecosystem classifications known as Ecological Land Units (ELU) and Ecological Marine Units (EMU) and will soon add Ecological Coastal Units (ECU). Additionally, Esri has been a key collaborator in the development of the GEO Global Streamflow forecasting and AmeriGEOSS initiatives.

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