The aim of the GMOSS network of excellence is to integrate Europe's civil security research so as to acquire and nourish the autonomous knowledge and expertise base Europe needs if it is to develop and maintain an effective capacity for global monitoring using satellite earth observation.

The science and technology encompassed within the Network includes among others: the generic methods, algorithms and software needed for the automatic interpretation and visualization of imagery including feature recognition, change detection and visualisation; better estimates of static and dynamic populations on a global scale; better monitoring of infrastructure and borders; rapid remote assessments of damage; investigations of present and future threats to security and the needs for exchange of information between stakeholders during crises.