Dannielle Wood spoke at GEO Week in South Africa, held this year November 6-10 in Cape Town, South Africa. Presented in conjunction with Krystal Azelton (Secure World Foundation - SWF) and Pontsho Maruping (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory - SARAO), Wood's session focused on "Call to Action: Sustainability on Earth Depends on Sustainability in Space," addressing "the threats to the space environment and specifically draw attention to ways the Earth observation community can participate in safeguarding space assets and data." The description further reads: "in order to respond effectively to the triple planetary crisis and drive sustainable development, including action on biodiversity, health, climate change, disaster risk reduction, urban developments, oceans, and coastal areas, and water and agriculture, it’s necessary to use data derived from Earth observations."
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Together, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to better integrate observing systems and share data by connecting existing infrastructures using common standards. There are more than 400 million open data resources in GEOSS from more than 150 national and regional providers such as NASA and ESA; international organizations such as WMO and the commercial sector such as Digital Globe.