International cooperation on Earth observation in the course of GEOSS An evaluation based on game theoretic and economic concepts

Heurmesser C & Obersteiner M (2009). International cooperation on Earth observation in the course of GEOSS An evaluation based on game theoretic and economic concepts. In: 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, ISRSE 2009, 4th-8th May 2009, Stresa; Italy.

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Abstract

Growing environmental concern has fueled the discussion about the establishment of an international institutional arrangement for cooperation on Earth observation. The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) comes as a timely solution, bundling data, technologies and existing observation systems, and providing crucial information about the state of our Earth. However, the implementation of GEOSS faces challenges; some of them are related to the fact that contribution to GEOSS is voluntary. Additionally, benefits of GEOSS are enjoyed by contributors and non-contributors alike, such that GEOSS can be classified as a public good, whose provision is usually corrupted by "freeriding". This paper identifies challenges in managing and implementing GEOSS as a public good. To figure out resolutions and scenarios we examine how these problems are discussed in economic and game theoretical literature. We further examine problems concerning the user integration of GEOSS, and the interaction between Earth observation science and policy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collective action; Game theory; GEOSS; Science-policy- interface; User integration
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 14:36
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13428

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