There has been an increasing demand for satellite data from countries in Asia-Oceania region to address GEO’s three main themes: climate change, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development. AOGEO has just launched the new cross-cutting project “Integrated Priority Study (IPS)”, which focus on the three priority areas; Mekong River Basin, Pacific Islands and Himalaya mountains. Referring the GEO’s three global engagement areas of “United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs)”, “Paris Agreement”, and “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”, the concept of the project has been developed since 2017, and discussed during the 2018 Kyoto symposium, and further developed and approved in the 2019 Canberra symposium.

The purposes of the IPS project are 1) to promote cross cutting activities/researches among existing tasks in AOGEO, 2) to encourage experts in the region to join the AOGEO effort through the project, and 3) to demonstrate the values of Earth Observation data in the AO region, by using voluntary contributions of datasets from satellites, machine learning, and reanalysis.

The IPS datasets are uploaded on the Open Data Cube on the Geoscience Australia, and can be used by approved by the Coordination Board Co-Chairs (CB-CC). Applicants are encouraged to send their application form to the CB-CC, then CB-CC will review quickly. After the review, Geoscience Australia, who host the datasets, will provide the access code to the applicants. The applicants who are approved to use the datasets will have the duties to report their progresses and outputs at the AOGEO week in the next year. More detailed information for application will be provided soon.