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GEO SHOWCASE #4 - ADDRESSING POST-2015 GLOBAL AGENDA
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Weather does not recognize national
boundaries…but many countries
share weather information.
TEXT ON SCREEN
Show visuals of extreme weather
conditions – flood, drought,
hurricane, lightning, wind.
Very few countries share water data,
and there are inconsistent
approaches to collecting this
Show visuals of ocean, rivers, lakes.
At any given moment somewhere
our world they may be too much, or
too little water.
Use http://waterportal.ceos.org/ ?
(DA: Need pictures of sensors)
Many countries have adopted OGC
standards as an intuitive means to
report water data using web based
maps. Once this system is fully in
place it will be much easier to
respond to water-related
emergencies as well as give
GEO is coordinating efforts to build a
Global Earth Observations System
One of the challenges GEO has
recognized is the ocean’s complex
relationship to society.
GEOSS users seeking water data
can be confronted with millions of
GEOWOW is helping improve
access to these diverse data
sources, especially for the
hydrological cycle and the ocean’s
superimposed over water footage:
acronyms of any appropriate
solutions/standards we can mention
(producer’s note -please advise)
Show flood visuals.
Show images of poor water quality
(in communities living next to
contaminated water; oil spillages
etc. (producer’s note – this
footage may or not be available)
Show emergency crews in action.
Show first responders in action.
Transition to full view of the earth.
We are slowly drifting in to the
Southeastern hemisphere, possibly
including the Indian Ocean as we
eventually see a network of sensors
visualized over the Pacific Ocean.
Text on screen:
Music sets the tone, of the gravity of
the situation, but with a sense of
building and moving forwards.
Raising awareness and developing
synergies is part of this challenge.
Title superimposed over the
Philippines. “Oceans and Society:
The Blue Planet”
We zoom into the Philippines.
The Philippine fishing industry is
vulnerable to fluctuations in ocean
temperature. For this developing
community, fish farms are more than
a source of food and nutrition – they
are a source of income as well.
Visuals of fishing boats/fish farms
Visuals of dead fish/bad harvests
Ideal footage: fishing industry
workers, harvesting fish, essentially
showing a very busy, fishing
Using remotely-sensed data, the
local community could project
temperature changes that would be
lethal to the fish they were raising,
and take appropriate action to
protect their investment.
GEOSS is supplying the necessary
data for this to become routine
Add sound effects of ocean, fishing
boats, crowd noise of voices
speaking in Filipino.
(producer’s note - in a perfect world
this last bit about high temperatures
and water quality would be part of an
interview answer as opposed to
Ensuring water quality and food
security is just one of many GEO
On screen text:
We zoom back out from the
Philippines and reveal the full earth,
this time drifting towards Western
One in five people on earth lives
without access to electricity. This
directly affects their ability to work
and to learn.
Sound effects: crowd noise/ambient
noise of Western Africa
Nearly 3 billion people use wood,
charcoal or animal waste to cook
their meals and heat their homes,
exposing themselves to dangerous
smoke and fumes.
Western Africa identified renewable
energy as part of the solution, but
faces a number of issues.
The Global Atlas aims at bridging
the gap between countries, and
supplies reliable data and expertise
that will be necessary to assess
Text on screen:
Western Africa (transforms to)
Sound effects: street noise/daily life
sound effects (children playing, etc.)
renewable energy potentials.
The Global Atlas will provide a
preliminary screening of sites of
interest for solar and wind
developments. The produced maps
will be made publicly available,
shared and discussed with the
ECOWAS countries, initiating a
regional concerted action to develop
Solar and wind power data is
catalogued and integrated as a
resource in the GEOSS Common
Infrastructure through the GEO
Discovery and Access Broker.
Graphics illustrate the Global Atlas,
overlaid over images of empty West
Text on screen:
We zoom out from Western Africa to
show the full earth again.
Helping developing communities
does not end with a single solution.
These projects are just one chapter
in an ongoing story.
To truly succeed in lasting and
comprehensive solutions the next
three years are crucial.
Projects like the Webservice-Energy
catalog are one of the next steps
that will allow this to become a
As long as there are threats of oil
spills and algal blooms, flooding,
drought and changes in water
quality which all impact society,
there is work to be done, building
upon GEO-sponsored solutions like
A montage of provocative images
follows – floods, oil spills, ocean and
freshwater (land-based) disasters,
(including ftg from the fishing
village), smoke, etc.
The montage quickens, and we pull
back revealing a series of clips
sharing the screen at one time, all
depicting scenarios involving water,
drought, crop loss, the fishing village
or the need for energy.
We are flying through a sort of
“storm” of situations.
Music – builds, crescendos.
20. (narration, in the silence after
We cannot manage what we cannot
In the silence after this.