Guilin University of Technology
George Zhou received the Ph.D. degree from Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, with expertise in Earth Observing. He was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He continued his research as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow with the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany from 1997-1998, and afterward became a Researcher with The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Zhou has published 2 books and more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and has worked on 48 research grant and contractors as a Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator.
This invited paper presents the future intelligent earth observing system (FIEOS) and event-driven earth observation concepts as well as their connections to societal benefits for both decision-makers and the general public. The elucidated linkage and flow of information from FIEOS to societal benefits is interoperable. With the envisioned FIEOS, this paper places an emphasis on (i) How to apply the FIEOS to increase the efficiency of monitoring natural disaster, to improve the natural disaster management, and to mitigate disasters through providing highly accurate, and reliable surveillance data for experts, analysts, and decision-makers; (ii) How to significantly increase and extend societal benefits to the future U.S. Earth observation application strategy in, for example, real-time response to time-critical events, and disastrous environmental monitoring. Therefore, this paper presents the analysis of FIEOS to society benefit in the realms: (i) reducing loss of life and property from natural and human-induced disasters, (ii) improving human health and well-being, (iii) improving wealth forecasting, (iv) supporting sustainable agriculture, and (v) serving lay people.