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|Title:||Devcocast in Support of Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in Africa|
|Authors:||JACOBS Tim; BORSTLAP Geert; BARTHOLOME Etienne; MAATHUIS Ben|
|Citation:||Conference proceedings on the 7th AARSE International Conference on Earth Observation and Geoinformation for Governance in Africa|
|Publisher:||African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment|
|Type:||Contributions to Conferences|
|Abstract:||The recently initiated project ¿GEONETCast for and by Developing Countries¿ (DevCoCast) project, supported by the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Community, will bring together many disparate sources of environmental information and improve the involvement of Developing Countries in the GEONETCast component of the global GEO System of Systems (GEOSS). Many Developing Countries are exposed to serious environmental risks and their need for adequate information is high. Unfortunately, reliable and continuous access to real time environmental information is often lacking. The GEONETCast concept overcomes existing data delivery limitations and is able to provide reliable and fast access to (near real-time) environmental information. The main objectives of the DevCoCast project are to disseminate existing environmental added-value datasets (both in-situ and satellite based) from various sources in Africa, South- and Central America and Europe in (near) real time and at no cost via GEONETCast to a broad range of user communities in Developing Countries. It furthermore promotes and supports the use of the GEONETCast system. By utilizing the existing EUMETCast dissemination system, supporting its expansion to the global scale, and taking direct benefit from the operational infrastructures as well as from well developed user bases in Africa and South-America, the main focus is directed towards the actual use of the data and building-maintaining capacity in Developing Countries.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Environment and Sustainability|
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