Additional Projects


Front (left to right): Dan Berkenstock (Skybox Imaging), Gerald Sehlke (American Water Resources Association), Nancy Colleton (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies), Gary Locke (U.S. Commerce Secretary), Jane Lubchenco (NOAA Administrator), Kimberly Nelson (Microsoft), Jigar Shah (Carbon Warm Room). Back (left to right): William Hooke (American Meteorological Society), Jack Cecil (Biltmore Farms), George Briggs (North Carolina Arboretum), Jim Geringer (ESRI; former Wyoming governor), Peter Gourlay (Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership), Gen. Charles Wald (Deloitte), Bill Dewey (Taylor Shellfish).

On October 20, 2010, IGES hosted the Executive Roundtable on Environmental Information: Meeting the Climate Needs of U.S. Business with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, Administrator Lubchenko, and a variety of business sector leaders. The discussion highlighted industry’s need for improved environmental services not only to manage risk effectively in its response to climate change, but also to take advantage of government’s investment in environmental services.


IGES played an instrumental role in the outreach efforts of the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme, funded by the Global environmental Facility and led by the World Wildlife Fund and Michigan State University. In 2010, IGES organized the public roll-out of the CBP (picture from last year’s Observe) during an event titled “Unlocking Carbon’s Promise: Breakthroughs in Measuring, Monitoring, and Management.” The event took place at the World Wildlife Fund headquarters in Washington, DC. The project’s goal is to develop scientifically rigorous, cost-effective tools to establish carbon benefits of sustainable land management (SLM) interventions in terms of protected or enhanced carbon stocks and reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The project is being implemented by UNEP’s Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination (DGEF) and executed by UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) in association with two scientific consortiums, one led by Colorado State University (CSU) and the other by WWF.


Through its work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). IGES has supported the Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership and the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS). IGES worked with NOAA on the 17th CEOS Plenary, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in November 2003, supporting NOAA in its role as the Chair of the CEOS Strategic Implementation Team (SIT). IGES provided critical support to USGS in its role as Chair of CEOS in 2007.


IGES successfully executed the first Earth Observation Summit, a ministerial-level meeting held in July 2003 at the U.S. Department of State. Representatives from more than 30 countries and 20 international organizations came together to embark on developing a plan for a global, integrated Earth observation system. IGES coordinated the logistics, secured speakers and panelists, facilitated policy discussions, and produced publications and materials for the summit, hosted by Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans.

In addition, IGES organized the first meeting of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), which laid the foundation for a 10-year GEOSS implementation plan. As part of this effort, IGES has supported GEOSS Americas (formerly called Earth Observation Partnership of the Americas), an integral part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to partner with countries and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen cooperation in Earth observations research and operational activities. The initiative promotes education, training sustainable development in the region.


Organized and produced by IGES, the first Commercial Satellite Remote Sensing Symposium was held in May 2003 in Washington, D.C. High-level government and industry leaders from around the world gathered to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with the growing global commercial remote sensing industry. IGES led the planning committee, helped develop the program agenda, secured speakers and panelists, organized media coverage and published the proceedings.