The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment.
AGI organizes Earth Science Week with generous support from partners. Each year, AGI reaches more than 50 million people through educational materials, events, activities, news media, and online coverage. The program is the only major continuous international education campaign dedicated exclusively to promoting public awareness of the vital importance of the geosciences and stewardship of the planet. AmericaView supports the AGI-sponsored Earth Science Week activities, adding the AV Earth Observation Day (EOD) to that celebration of the geosciences each October.
Founded in 1934, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) is a scientific association serving over 7,000 professional members around the world. Its mission is to advance knowledge and improve understanding of mapping sciences to promote the responsible applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and supporting technologies. The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing uses the tag line “The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society,” as part of the ASPRS identity.
ASPRS is shaping and advancing Geospatial science and remote sensing technology worldwide with activities closely aligned to those of AmericaView. AmericaView and ASPRS will continue to collaborate on education initiatives at all levels from K-12 through lifelong professional development and on application research proposals.
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with an opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process and to contribute to an understanding of the Earth system and global environment. GLOBE’s mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, to enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and to promote scientific discovery. Several AV universities are partners. AV members participate in GLOBE working groups and serve as trainers. AV Board member, Dr. Rebecca Dodge is among the 162 Master Trainers across the nation.
The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” is a worldwide collaboration, among space agencies, providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property. Although its mandate only requires the provision of satellite data quickly and at no cost, Charter members often collaborate with other value-adding agencies for data analysis and interpretation.The International Charter has been formally operational since November 2000, operating on a voluntary basis with no exchange of funds. The 500th activation of the International Charter in August 2016 occurred in response to flooding in Bangladesh.
Charter members are:
– European Space Agency (ESA)
– Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES)
– Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
– Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
– National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
– Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE)
– Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
– United States Geological Survey (USGS)
– UK Space Agency & DMC International Imaging (DMCii)
– China National Space Administration (CNSA)
– German Aerospace Center (DLR)
– Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
– National Institute For Space Research (INPE)
– European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
– The State Space Corporation Roscosmos (Roscosmos)
AmericaView members have received training, provided by Ms. Brenda Jones, the USGS Executive Secretariat member for the International Charter. Those trained members are frequently called upon by her to serve as Program Managers, who coordinate activation efforts. Those Program Managers may be focused on support efforts within their own region or may be asked to coordinate an activation in a different area entirely.
The National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech) is a National Science Foundation Funded (DUE1304591) group of educators, with a common passion to bring Geospatial Technology to Learners.
GeoTech developed the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) in collaboration with the Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration (DOLETA) and industry experts, with a revision that was released in Fall 2014.
GeoTech also prepared a Program Assessment Tool, based on the GTCM and their MetaDACUM to help educators assess how their geospatial curricula align with workforce needs in the geospatial industry.
The most recent development is a personal assessment tool based on unique industry skills and useful to those seeking certification.
The GeoTech Center distributes ten Model Courses focused on building the skills, competencies, and abilities needed for entry-level occupations in the geospatial industry. All items are accessible from the GeoTech Center’s website.
In 2015, AmericaView signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence to cooperate on a best efforts basis for the purpose of seeking opportunities of cooperation that will support the above stated objectives of both organizations and the geospatial and remote sensing communities as a whole.