GEOSS AP Symposium

The GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium (GEOSS AP Symposium) is organized by GEO under the leadership of Japan from 2007, with the aim of disseminating GEOSS in the Asia-Pacific region and exchanging information for promoting GEOSS and deepening common understanding.

At the symposium, reports on progress of GEOSS in each country are reported and aim to promote GEOSS in the Asia-Pacific region by holding working groups according to the theme of each symposium.

The Asia-Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) was approved and launched at the GEO-XIII Plenary in St. Petersburg in November 2016.

  • 11th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 24-26 Oct. 2018
    • Venue: KYOTO TERRSA
    • 11th GEOSS AP HP (Coming Soon)
  • 10th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 18-20 Sept. 2017
    • Venue: Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Attendee: 213 participants from 27 countries
    • Theme: Accelerating the realization of the SDGs with Earth Observations: Lessons from the Asia-Oceania Region
    • Keynote Speech: Assoc. Prof. Pham Anh Tuan, Director General of VNSC
    • Country and Regional Report: Australia, China, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan Solomon Islands, South Korea, Vanuatu, Vietnam, India, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) and Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO).
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI)
      WG2: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON)
      WG3: GEO Carbon and GHG Initiatives (GEO-C)
      WG4: Ocean Observation and Society (Blue Planet)
      WG5: Agriculture and Food Security to respond to the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEO-GLAM)
    • For more details, please visit the 10th GEOSS AP HP:
  • 9th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 11-13 Jan. 2017
    • Venue: Tokyo International Exchange Center
    • Attendee: About 240 participants from 27 countries and 11 international organizations
    • Theme: Earth Observations Supporting the Implementation of the SDGs in the Asia Pacific Region
    • Keynote Speech: Dr. Sanjaasuren Oyun, Chair of Global Water Partnership and Former President of United Nations Environment Assembly/ Prof. Teruo Kishi, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
    • Country and Regional Report: Japan, Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietam, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) , Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: GEOSS Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI);
      WG2: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON);
      WG3: The GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative;
      WG4: Oceans and Society in the AP Region;
      WG5: Agriculture and Food Security.
    • Tokyo Statement 2017 acknowledged and affirmed;
      the role of Earth observations to support Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, Goal 11:
      Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water and Goal 15: Life On Land,
      the importance of GEO’s role to convene the relevant stakeholders including UN organizations and development cooperation agencies, and
      the importance of integrating space-based , ocean, and in-situ observations.
      the 10th GEOSS AP Symposium will be held in Vietnam in September 2017.
    • For more details, please visit the 9th GEOSS AP HP:
  • 8th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 9 - 11 Sep. 2015
    • Venue: Tiantan Hotel, Beijing, China
    • Attendee: About 200 participants from 28 countries and 3 international organizations
    • Theme: Towards Next Decade of GEOSS
    • Keynote Speech: Dr GU Xingfa, GEO IPWG Member; Deputy Director General, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • Country and Regional Report: Bangladesh, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: GEOSS Asia-Pacific Major Natural Disaster Monitoring (AP-MaNDM)
      WG2: GEOSS Asia-Pacific Data Sharing and GCI Development
      WG3: Agriculture and Food Security
      WG4: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP BON)
      WG5: GEOSS Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI)
      WG6: Global Carbon Monitoring
  • 7th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 26-28 May 2014
    • Venue: Kokusai Fashion Center (KFC) Hall, Tokyo, Japan
    • Attendee: About 240 participants from 20 countries and 10 regional and International organizations
    • Theme: Benefits for Society from GEOSS evolution toward addressing Sustainable Development Goals
    • Keynote Speech: Mr. Akihiko Tanaka, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    • Country and Regional Reports: Japan, Australia, China, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)(WU Guoxiang), International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI)
      WG2: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON)
      WG3: Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) Towards Long-Term Carbon Management
      WG4: Ocean Observation and Society (toward realization of "Blue Planet" in AP region)
      WG5: Agriculture and Food Security (GEO GLAM)
    • Tokyo Statement was adapted on the last day of the symposium
    • For more details, please visit the 7th GEOSS AP Symposium HP.
  • 6th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 25-27 February 2013
    • Venue: St Laurn Hotel, Ahmedabad, India,
    • Attendee: About 200 participants from 19 countries
    • Theme: Accelerating interlinkates in the Asia-Pacific region for global Earth observations
    • Keynote Speech: Dr K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman ISRO
    • Country and Regional Reports: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Nepal and Philippines
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI)
      WG2: Agriculture and Food Security
      WG3: Forest Carbon Tracking: FCT
      WG4: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON)
      WG5: Ocean Observation and Society
  • 5th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 2-4, April 2012
    • Venue: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Tokyo, Japan
    • Attendee: About 280 participants from 21 countries and 4 international organizations
    • Theme: GEO Initiatives towards Green Growth in the Asia-Pacific Region
    • Keynote Speech: Prof. Takashi ONISHI, President of the Science Council of Japan
    • Country and Regional Reports: Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI)
      WG2: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON)
      WG3: Forest Carbon Tracking (FCT)
      WG4: Ocean Observation and Society
      WG5: Agriculture and Food Security Summary Report
    • For more details, please visit the 5th GEOSS AP Symposium HP:
  • 4th GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 10 – 12 March 2010
    • Venue: Sanur Paradise Plaza [Bali, Indonesia]
    • Attendee: About 220 participants from 26 countries
    • Theme: Towards a Global Earth Observation System of Systems that Supports the Societal Benefit Areas of Climate and Biodiversity
    • Keynote Speech: Prof. (Hon) Rachmat Witoelar, Executive Chair, National Council on Climate Change, Indonesia/ Dr. Ariun Thapan, Special Senior Advisor, Infrastructure and Water, Office of the President, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    • Country and Regional Reports: Australia, Bangladesh, China Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, APN
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Asia-Pacific Climate Variability and Monitoring Capacity
      WG2: Hydrometeorological-Related Disasters and Water Resources Management
      WG3: Forest Carbon Tracking
      WG4: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON)
    • Summary Report was adapted on the last day of the symposium
  • 3rd GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 4-6, February 2009
    • Venue: Kyoto Research Park, Kyoto, Japan
    • Attendee: About 250 participation from 33 countries
    • Theme: Data Sharing for Transverse GEOSS
    • Keynote Speech: Dr. Vincent Tao, Microsoft
    • Country and Regional Reports: Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research(APN) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1:Monitoring and Predicting Climate Change
      WG2:Water Cycle in the Asia-Oceanic region
      WG3:Monitoring changes in ecosystem, biodiversity and ecosystem services
      WG4:Earth Observation and Data Sharing for Disaster Management
    • Summary Report was adapted on the last day of the symposium
    • For more details, please visit the 3rd GEOSS AP Symposium HP:
  • 2nd GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 14-16, April 2008
    • Venue: The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Tokyo, Japan
    • Attendee: About 230 participation from 26 countries
    • Theme: The Role of Earth Observations in Tackling Climate Change
    • Keynote Speech: Dr.Rajendra K Pachauri, Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    • Country Reports: Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Korea, Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand.
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Monitoring and Predicting Climate Change
      WG2: Earth Observations for Sustainable Water Management
      WG3: Using GEOSS to Manage Ecosystems and Protect Biodiversity
      WG4: Mapping Forest and Tracking Carbon
    • Summary Report was adapted on the last day of the symposium
    • For more details, please visit the 2nd GEOSS AP Symposium HP:
  • GEOSS AP Symposium

    • Date: 11-12, January 2007
    • Venue: Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo Seafort, Tokyo, Japan
    • Attendee: About 300 participants from Asia-Pacific Region
    • Theme: Integrated Observations for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
    • Keynote Speech: Dr. Hiroo Kanamori, Professor, California Institute of Technology, USA
    • Country Reports: Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Thailand.
    • Parallel Sessions;
      WG1: Monitoring Ecosystems and Biodiversity
      WG2: Climate change and the water cycle
      WG3: Monitoring Forest Fire
      WG4: Monitoring Earthquakes
    • For more details, please visit the GEOSS AP Symposium HP: