GEOGLAM’s overarching goal is to enhance the international community’s capacity to utilize Earth observations to produce and distribute timely, accurate, reliable, and actionable information on food production for both stabilizing markets and providing early warnings of food shortages. At the core of GEOGLAM’s activities is the coordination of Earth observation (EO) data (acquisition, preprocessing, and access) including satellite-based data drawn from both the commercial and civil space agencies. In the latter case, this is accomplished through a strong relationship with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), an organization of the world’s space agencies in operation since 1984. Dr. Alyssa Whitcraft serves as both the lead of the GEOGLAM Thematic Coordination Team on EO Data, as well as the agricultural lead point of contact for CEOS. Since 2018, the focus of the group has expanded from data requirements to defining Essential Agricultural Variables for GEOGLAM, an effort co-led by Dr. Whitcraft and Sven Gilliams (VITO).
This effort includes: