What is ASIA-OCEANIA GEO(AOGEO) Initiative

ASIA-OCEANIA GEO(AOGEO) Initiative is regional cooperation program on earth observation with broad involvement to meet GEO strategic overall objectives. It aims to strengthen comprehensive ability of Earth observation and applications for jointly proposed by the Asia Oceania Caucus members (Australia, China, Japan, etc.) and open to all member states of the United Nation in the Asia Oceania region as well as Participating organizations of GEO. The AOGEO initiative will engage participants and stakeholders in Asia-Oceania region, and coordinate the observation infrastructure, leveraging the existing cooperation and conducting joint projects under the AO Caucus mechanism of intergovernmental GEO. Priorities will be regional application and services in accordance with regional sustainable issues with increasing concern, including Monitoring and evaluation of drought in Asia-Oceana region, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Ocean and Island monitoring, and Himalayan GEOSS. Meanwhile, it will also foster the existing activities such as Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Observation Network (AP-BON), Asia Rice Crop Estimation and monitoring (Asia-RICE), Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI), Ocean and Society, GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative. The initiative will also implement data sharing, AO-DataCube and user engagement and communication as Foundational tasks.


AOGEO Co-leads

RoleNameMember/POImplementing Entity
Lead (PoC)Xingfa GuChinaRADI-CAS
LeadDavid HudsonAustraliaGeoscience Australia
LeadKentaro AndoJapanJAMSTEC
Lead Republic of Korea

GEO Secretariat Focal Point

  • Wenbo Chu, wchu[at]geosec.org

Governance Principles of AOGEO


All GEO Members and Participating Organization in the Asia-Oceania Region are encouraged to participate in the structure. Non-Member countries are also welcome to participate.

Voluntary Contributions

All involvement of AOGEO activities are conducted on a voluntary basis. All members and partners could take advantage of its strength to achieve the initiative objectives with joint efforts in line with the implementation plan of the Initiative.


Balance between developed and developing countries, as well as provider communities and user communities, will be considered in the composition of the Governance Structure.

Best Efforts

The Initiative should leverage the existing coordination mechanisms to the largest extent possible to achieve Pareto optimality, i.e., no one individual country is made worse off in the proposed structure.

Governance Structure of AOGEO

Asia-Oceania Caucus

The decision-making body consisting of GEO Principals in the Asia-Oceania Region. It provides high-level political support and necessary resources to implement the AOGEO Initiative.

Coordination Board

The executive management body, co-chaired by the AOGEO co-leads, consisting of experts on technology and management related to the AOGEO tasks.

AOGEO Symposium/GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

The regional forum to exchange broad scientific and technical views on Earth observations and their applications as well as to report progress of tasks in the AOGEO Initiative.