American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018: Washington, D.C. (December 10-14, 2018)

The 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be the first ever AGU conference at which there are sessions specifically listed for the new “GeoHealth” section. To encourage participation in these sessions, AGU has made the following two provisions:

  1. An abstract submitted to a GeoHealth section does not count against the one abstract per lead author limit. So you can submit to a GeoHealth session and still submit another abstract to a different session.
  2. Recognizing that many relevant GeoHealth speakers are not AGU members, AGU is waiving the membership requirement for submitting to GeoHealth sessions. This is being done in two ways: (a) through reciprocity agreements with several major professional societies, including the American Public Health Association, International Society of Exposure Science, and International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, such that their members can submit abstracts directly to the AGU Fall Meeting; and (b) by direct request from GeoHealth session Chairs on behalf of speakers submitting to their session.  

Abstracts for all AGU sessions, including GeoHealth, can be submitted for oral and poster presentations until August 1, 2018. Please review the full list of GeoHealth sessions that are accepting abstracts.

For more information, please contact Ben Zaitchik, Secretary of the AGU GeoHealth Section.

11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium: Kyoto, Japan (October 24-26, 2018)

The 11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium will be held from October 24-26, 2018, at the Kyoto Terrsa, in Kyoto, Japan. Organized by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), this meeting aims to provide an opportunity for the Asia Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) community to evaluate initiatives in thematic areas, promote further collaborations, and advance GEOSS efforts. Using the theme, “Strengthening Regional Cooperation through AOGEOSS for the SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework”, the symposium will address GEO’s three priority areas, describe collaborations among Task Groups, and discuss future steps to advance these initiatives. At the symposium, the Kyoto Statement will be adopted, noting future AOGEOSS initiatives, and promoted at the GEO Week 2018 Asia Oceania Day side event.

For more information, please visit the GEOSS Asia Pacific Symposium website for the conference agenda and registration.

AmeriGEOSS Week 2018: São Paulo, Brazil (August 6-10, 2018)

The AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 will be held from August 6-10, 2018, at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), in São José dos Campos in São Paulo, Brazil. In partnership with the INPE and the Center of Marine Biology of University of São Paulo (CEBIMar), this meeting aims to provide an opportunity for the AmeriGEOSS community to evaluate overall progress, including achievements and challenges, and propose activities to meet the regional focus areas related to agriculture, biodiversity/ecosystems, disasters, and water. At this meeting, experts will also offer six workshop training sessions on the use of Earth observations at INPE (São José dos Campos) and CEBIMar (São Sebastião). 

Abstracts can be submitted for oral and poster presentations until June 29, 2018.

For more information, please visit the AmeriGEOSS Week 2018 website for the conference agenda and registration.

GEO Health CoP featured on the GEO website

A blog post about a blog post – we are going META here at GEO Health CoP!

The GEO website recently featured a blog post on the newly revitalized GEO Health CoP. 


The blog introduces the GEO Community to the GEO Health CoP chair, Mr. John Haynes.  Mr. Haynes is the Program Manager of NASA’s Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Program, and for the past 15 years, has applied his expertise in meteorology and remote sensing to address globally significant issues in aviation weather policy, public health, and environmental health.

The blog also shares GEO Health CoP’s recent events and achievements, including the group’s support for the addition of a new Community Activity to the GEO Work Programme entitled, ‘Earth Observations for Health,’ which has three focus areas: 1) weather and climate extremes; 2) water-related illnesses; and 3) vector-borne diseases.

The post, published on July 24, 2017, was authored by Dr. Shobhana Gupta, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NASA’s Heath and Air Quality Applied Sciences Program.

Hyperlink to the blog post: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo_blog_obs.php?id=238