The UK GEO/CEOS Office has welcomed Dr Nathalie Pettorelli as the new UK representative to GEO Programme Board, approved by GEO plenary.

Nathalie is a senior fellow at the Zoological Society of London, with experience in the use of satellite remote sensing for biodiversity conservation and environmental management.

Her work has helped frame the concept of satellite remote sensing essential biodiversity variables, and she led GEO BON’s Ecosystem Function Group for the period 2016-2018.

This year the GEO Programme Board will be working hard to review the new GEO Work Plan 2020-2022, which will be adopted at the Ministerial in Australia at the end of 2019.

There is currently an opportunity to submit new, collaborative GEO Community Activities and additions to the work of the Initiatives and Flagships.

Please consider the benefits GEO offers with its broad policy-links, open-access principles and the international platform.

Nathalie would be pleased to support anyone considering preparing a proposal.

She is supported by Alternate UK representatives Professor Stuart Marsh, who is a geohazards expert and remote sensing geoscientist at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, and Professor Heiko Balzter, who is an expert in the remote sensing of forests, land cover and lakes at the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, NCEO – University of Leicester.

Implementation Plans for proposed activities should be sent to the GEO Secretariat no later than 15 February 2019.

Detailed information and guidance for the preparation of the Implementation Plans may be found at the 2020-2022 GEO Work Programme webpage.