Deliberations amongst a group of remote sensing expects at the G7 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations Working Group, technology and employment, recognised the value of space based technology for the benefit of society. Subsequently, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) was established in September 1984 following a recommendation made by the remote sensing expects at the G7 summit.
The principal objectives of CEOS during its inception were to optimize the benefits of space born earth observation through the cooperation of its members in mission planning, to develop harmonized Earth Observation resources by enabling the user community to access and use remote sensing data. 2; to serve as a focal point for international coordination of space-related Earth Observation activities. 3; to exchange policy and technical information to encourage compatibility of observation and data exchange systems. However, over the years, a lot has changed in the manner at which satellite data is collected and disseminated to the end users. As such, CEOS has also responded to the changes by expanding its responsibilities including the formation of space based earth observation working groups focusing on different thematic areas such as the Working Group on Capacity Development and Data Democracy (WGCapD).