I. Conference Missions: 

    The issue on climate change induced by global warming has raised a worldwide attention.  The situations of the world’s great destruction for the days after tomorrow have become closer and closer. “The Earth Observations Plans” sponsored by the United Nations are well under way around the world. Integrating the academics and intellectuals, monitoring the environmental information of the Earth, initiating the way of solving the derivative disaster of climate change, are the responsibilities of those who are today’s Earth citizens. We, as being a member of the Earth village, are obviously cannot and will not be able to stay out.  
    In response to the 2002 World Summit on sustainable development, a formal organization, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), of the United Nations was initiated; meanwhile, the 10-year Implementation Plan of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) was subsequently promoted by the organization; namely, the Taiwan Group on Earth Observations (TGEO) was established in the year of 2010.
    In 2011, with the assistance of National Taiwan Ocean University, the 1st International Conference on Earth Observations and Societal Impacts (ICEO&SI) was initiated. Later, in 2012, cooperated with National Taiwan University, the 2nd ICEO&SI was held. Continuously, in 2013, during the period of June 23rd ~ 25th, at the campus of National Cheng Kung University, the 3rd ICEO&SI will be convened. The theme of the conference is set primarily on the initiation of solicitude for Earth Observations and Societal Impacts by high-tech community at different level.  

    "Earth Observation" involves the very close investigation and measurement on the Earth; including the observations conducted for the above and the beneath of the water and the ground surfaces, the air and the water qualities, the atmospheric conditions, and the environmental healthiness for human, plants and animals. Results derived from the direct or indirect observations and measurements are the information used to construct the supporting policies for the environments.

    The ICEO&SI 2013 will cover 10 contemporary global issues; i.e., Disasters, Health, Energy, Climate Changes, Water Resources, Weather, Ecological System, Agricultural, Biodiversity and related Industries. Scope of the conference is based on the objectives of GEOSS, and will focus on the better understanding of:  self protection on either natural or human induced disasters, realization on the environmental elements endangering the public health, efficient management on energy resources, proper response on climate change and its impacts, adequate conservation on water resources, possible improvement on weather forecast, conservative management on ecosystem, sustainable development on agriculture, and effective protection on biodiversity.  

    Further more, the improvement or upgrading on technologies of related industries such as the surveillance instrumentations, the management systems, or the conservation policies; due to the high-tech development. It is certain that the public involvements from all over the world are expected; besides, combining the contribution from all countries, and integrating the global observatory resources; for purposes of the improvement on human health, the enhancement of disaster prevention, and after all the endorsement for the sustainable development of the Earth. 

II. Conference Objectives:

    The conference objectives are set forth to understand and to concern about the following issues, but not limited;

  1. Disasters: Limited the loss of lives and properties from either the natural or the human-induced disasters by enhanced preparation policies and early warning systems.

  2. Health: Assist the understanding of environmental elements affecting the human health and well-being.

  3. Energy: Improving the management of energy policies as well as the renewable energy and sustainable resources developments.

  4. Climate: To monitor, understand, and assess the various factors for climate variability as well as to assist the making of efficient policies in adaptation of climate change.

  5. Water: Investigating the influence of water resources distribution and variability of hydrological cycle on the world’s sustainable development. 

  6. Weather: Weather informatics for observations and forecasting is the key in upholding the economical benefits of the human society.

  7. Ecosystems: Establishing a land, coast, and marine integrated monitoring framework to benefit the societal economics and environment.

  8. Agriculture: Observations done for effective and sustainable management for regional food-supply and land-use resources development, 

  9. Biodiversity: Improvement of measuring and analysis techniques for protection, reproduction and balance of global bio-resources.

  10. Business: High-tech improvement on industries for infrastructure of the instrumentations, management systems, and conservation policies.