Contribution to GEOSS

The Global Observing System for Mercury is strongly supporting the GEO 2016-2025 Strategic Plan: implementing GEOSS. GMOS and the global monitoring plan (GMP) for POPs were proposed as GEO Flagship 04 (GF-04).

This Flagship has a strong foundation on the outcomes of the previous GEO Task HE-02, which would allow to develop and provide new services for stakeholder engagement, and alignment with the GEO priorities and objectives.

Main objectives for the implementation of GF-04 are:

  • To increase the availability and quality of Earth observation data and information needed to track chemical pollutants and anticipate changes in the global environment;
  • To harmonize metadata production, archiving and sharing for both the mercury and POPs, networks;
  • To develop advanced services in cooperation with UNEP to support of policy mandate through Stockholm and Minamata Conventions.

The way to attain the above objectives is:

  • To foster adoption of advanced sensor in monitoring pollutants;
  • To better prepare, archive and share metadata;
  • To create advanced web services for using and discovering information from metadata and data;
  • To create ad-hoc web services for policy makers.

Expected outcomes are: a new portal based on the EUROGEOSS Broker ( aimed to discover information. new web services for reporting information, like for example concentration in atmosphere in different World regions, pollutants’ deposition/release in different environmental compartment (e.g. soil, oceans); development of tool oriented to include stakeholder participation in information discovery (e.g. help pregnant women deciding how and which fish eating).

The main impact of GF-04 is on primary stakeholders, which are parties to the Stockholm and Minamata Conventions, governments, IGOs, NGOs and the scientific community. The latter in specific fields shares the interest within the scope of the Flagship and can contribute to gathering information and mobilizing social groups.

The civil society in general, will benefit from communication and discovering information of risks associated with POPs and Hg releases, contamination and ingestion through food.