The GMES Network of Users (GNU) is a Coordinated Action of 22 science partners under the 6th Research Framework Programme of the European Union.
The GNU deals with Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), a European initiative launched in 1998 to monitor the state of the environment and its short, medium and long-term evolution. For this, GMES combines observation data received from Earth Observation Satellites and ground based information.
The aim of GNU is to initiate a structuring of the demand side of the currently fragmented and incoherent GMES user community by setting up an independent platform that will
1) become the focal point and mouthpiece of GMES user needs and
2) foster dialogue between the stakeholder communities.
More specifically, GNU intends to
GNU will thus contribute to optimising the GMES process in terms of providing benefits to users, and, likewise, it will support the users in getting the most out of the GMES process and to best utilise its potential.
The Wuppertal Institute analyses the GMES user landscape. Based on this, it performs a so called response analysis. This methodology is designed to put GMES outputs in relation to specific policy cycles. This will help to determine the functionality and salience of GMES remote sensing.