The 27th Meeting of the CEOS Strategic Implementation Team (SIT-27) and Side Meetings (pre-SIT, LSI, and CTF) were held March 26-30th, 2012 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California.
CEOS is made up of its Members, Associates, and the Secretariat.
Eligible CEOS Members are those governmental organizations, which are international or national in nature, and are responsible for a civil space-borne Earth observations program currently operating, or at least in Phase B or equivalent of system development.
- Eligible CEOS Associates are governmental organizations which are international or national in nature and currently have a civil space-segment activity in Phase A/pre-Phase A or equivalent of system development, or a significant ground segment activity that supports CEOS objectives.
- CEOS Associates may also include other existing satellite coordination groups and scientific or governmental bodies which are international in nature and currently have a significant programmatic activity that supports CEOS objectives.
A permanent Secretariat provides most of the coordination between plenary sessions and is maintained jointly by:
- European Space Agency (ESA),
- European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT),
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States, and
- the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The CEOS Secretariat is chaired by the current CEOS host agency in support of the Plenary. In addition, to ensure the expeditious conduct of business, the past and the forthcoming CEOS chair are included in the CEOS Secretariat. The Secretariat prepares and distributes the minutes for the Plenary meetings, serves as a point-of-contact for external organizations interacting with CEOS, maintains and updates the CEOS database on space and ground segment activities, produces other periodic publications such as the CEOS Newsletter and Annual Report, ensures communications among members between meetings, reports at each Plenary session on its activities and the status of action items from previous Plenary meetings, and performs other tasks as assigned by the CEOS Plenary. The Plenary guides the work of the Secretariat, with CEOS Member points-of-contact serving as a steering committee in between Plenary sessions.
CEOS Executive Officer (CEO)
The CEO ensures the efficient conduct of the CEOS activities in support to GEO. The CEO reports to the CEOS Chair and in areas where the CEOS Chair has delegated authority to the SIT, will report to the SIT Chair. The CEO provides the necessary support to the CEOS Chair and SIT Chair for defining the most appropriate strategies aiming at improving the CEOS contribution to GEO. The CEO works in close liaison with the GEO Secretariat in Geneva on the definition of the CEOS contribution to GEO. For the definition and execution of the CEOS actions in support to GEO, the CEO works closely with the Virtual Constellation Teams, the SBA Teams and the CEOS Working groups. This is a full time position currently supported by NOAA.