Project: Essential Variables workflows for resource efficiency and environmental management

Acronym GEO-essential
Duration 01/09/2017 - 31/08/2020
Project Topic GEOEssential is addressing the need for trusted sources of data and information to monitor the progresses made on environmental conditions towards policy targets. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of Essential Variables across GEO Societal Benefit Areas. It will create cross-thematic workflows to evaluate, predict and monitor natural resources to inform via Earth Observations the Sustainable Development Goals. Existing structures and platforms will be analysed in order to identify substantial gaps and synergies for addressing the needs of environmental policy in agriculture, soil, water, biodiversity, energy, light and raw materials. Solutions for improvements will be provided in cooperation with GEO and Copernicus programmes.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
GEOEssential will create a Knowledge Base infrastructure to facilitate the collection and formalization of the knowledge (i.e. user needs, gaps recognition and recommendations for closing gaps, best practices, Community of Practice lexicon, etc.) stemming from the European NetworkEarth Observation Networks ( and from other significant Earth Observations (EO) initiatives and programs at the National and European levels.
Call ERA-PLANET Joint Transnational Call

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Université de Genève Coordinator Switzerland
2 Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences Partner Germany
3 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Partner Italy
4 Centro de Investigacion Ecologica a Applicaciones Forestales Partner Spain
5 Museum fur Naturkunde Partner Germany
6 International Institute für Angewandte systemanalyse Partner Germany
7 Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis Partner Greece
8 Università della Calabria Partner Italy
9 University dello Studi di Padova Partner Italy
10 Space Research Institute Partner Ukraine
11 Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Partner Germany
12 Forschungzentrum Julich GMBH Partner Germany
13 Centro Nacional de Informacion Geografica Partner Spain
14 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ Partner Germany