Left: NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe addressed the International Earth Summit. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
International Earth Observation Summit
On July 31, 2003, senior administration officials and representatives from 34 nations met in Washington to plan an integrated international Earth observation system. The Summit convened in order to raise awareness of the importance of cooperation and investment in Earth observations in order to provide key scientific data to support global economic, social and scientific decision-makers.
Ministerial-level representatives of the G-8 and other countries with a significant role in Earth observation attended, as did representatives from the World Bank, the World Meteorological Organization, and other multilateral organizations. The G-8 countries rate Earth observations as one of the top three science and technology priorities.
Right: Secretary of State Colin Powell addressed the International Earth Summit in Washington D.C. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, and Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans all gave remarks at the Summit. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe presented a video entitled "Vision: An Integrated Earth Observation System of the Future." The day's program also included short presentations from each nation and interactive panels. The representatives adopted an Earth Observation Summit Declaration.
An international ad hoc Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will prepare a 10-year implementation plan for a comprehensive Earth observation system. The group met on the first two days of August to jump into the planning for next year's activities.
For more information about the Summit, including a list of participating countries and international organizations, declaration, press releases, timeline, and background information, visit:
To read President Bush's statement on Earth Observation Summit, visit:
Above: Representatives of the more than 30 nations that attended the Earth Observation Summit at the U.S. Department of State today are shown above with U.S. Secretary Spencer Abraham of the Department of Energy and Administrator of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr. Among the countries represented were: Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Egypt, European Commission, France, Gabon, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. July 31, 2003. State Department, Washington, DC. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
Credit: Etta Pagani, NASA Headquarters