Full Title: Integrated Marine Pollution Risk assessment and Emergency management Support Service In ports and coastal enVironmEnts.
Duration: 30 Months
The main goal of this project is to develop a universal-relocatable platform as a product for the real time management of marine pollution events in the wider area of harbors and the vicinities and the near coastal areas that are easy to manipulate and use from the control post at the harbor. The product will be consisting of an integrated operational service that will rely on:
● A satellite monitoring service that processes Sentinel 1, 2 and 3 satellite images and Copernicus Marine products to identify polluting events (oil spills, and waste-water discharges), to generate alerts and to provide their position and features in near real time.
● A software package that once an event is located will provide forecast of its drift and fate, based on coupling between the pollutant fate and transport and the hydrodynamic numerical models, supporting decision making and the manoeuvring of the Autonomous vehicles with advanced positioning technologies.
● A set of risk mapping product based on the integration of time series of remote sensing and models products. To risk mapping we will used a new methodology based on complex network theory, developing a new way to analyze Big Data for Risk monitoring, forecasting and management, in real-time when needed, using time series analytics based network data analytics. We will apply the qualitative methods of complex network theory and scale invariance networks and examines the structure of the dataset and its evolution, studying the properties of a continuous space starting from a discrete sample of it, identifying noise and distinguishing higher- and lower- dimensional features. This will be done both in terms of the overall structure as well as its evolution. Our methodology will allow us to investigate such properties as the given network’s complexity, its vulnerabilities to failure due to over-capacity and catastrophic break-downs, this information will allow us to develop crisis management and mitigation strategies.
● A set of specifically designed Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs), a drone equipped with remote sensing instruments and a sampler device on board the ASVs that will be remotely operated from the Headquarter Control Post for operational monitoring missions and/or accidental/illegal oil spills and other polluting events. Once the problem is reported, the vehicles may be deployed to target and support monitoring and sampling tasks on the ground. Vehicles will be also useful to couple/validate the output forecasts of the marine pollution model and the hydrodynamic numerical model.
Full Title: Galileo-EGNOS as an Asset for UTM Safety and Security
Project ID:H2020-GALILEO-GSA-2017 - GALILEO-1-2017 - EGNSS Transport applications
Duration: 36 Months
The GAUSS project aims for fast and thorough achievement of acceptable levels in terms of performance, safety and security for both, current RPAS1 and future UTM operations. The UTM concept helps control, manage and integrate all RPAS in the VLL airspace to ensure the security and efficiency of UAS operations. The key element within GAUSS to empower RPAS and UTM operations is the integration and exploitation of Galileo-EGNOS exceptional features for precise and secure positioning. These features will enable not only safe, timely and efficient operations but also coordination among a higher number of RPAS in the air with the appropriate levels of security, as it provides anti-jamming and anti-spoofing capabilities. Multi-frequency and multi-constellation solutions will be exploited with this purpose. The GAUSS solution will increase resilience in UTM operations and, at the same time, ensure UTM coordination capabilities to increase the number of platforms that can share the same airspace. Precise coordination among UAS in the air, together with individual high precision and secure positioning are key for the safety of the operations and therefore for the success of UTM.
Project’s website: www.projectgauss.eu
Full Title: EXTReme tEMperature Alerts for Europe
Project ID: UCPM-2017-PP-PREV-AG
Abstract: EXTREMA aims to improve the resilience of the European population to extreme temperature events (heatwaves and cold spells). Such events can cause many excess deaths -especially in cities- and are projected to become more pronounced due to climate change. To maintain an acceptable quality of life for the foreseeable future, Europe has to increase the population’s resilience to extreme temperatures by establishing disaster risk reduction actions and in particular by building the capacity of the population to anticipate and respond to disasters. Increased awareness induces self-protective behaviours that in turn reduce the loss of life. To that end, EXTREMA proposes a new innovative and effective approach that aims to exploit the high penetration of smartphones in Europe so as to implement a digital infrastructure in the form of a mobile application for the public, and an administration web hub for the local authorities. The mobile app will evaluate the real-time personalised health risk of the user at his/her location, and if high, it will alert him/her and provide recommendations. The web hub will provide information and tools to the authorities to help them manage the disaster: next day alerts, current hazard maps, and an information management tool for the open centres. EXTREMA also includes targeted actions for vulnerable population groups (refugees). It is expected that part of the results will have strong input in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe processes on climate change adaptation health policies planned for 2018-19. In addition, to ensure the effective and quick scaling up of the user basis, EXTREMA, through its beneficiaries, has secured access to several important international city networks. The EXTREMA consortium consists of 8 beneficiaries in 5 EU Member States (MS): one research centre, two universities (one being a WHO Collaborating Centre), three private companies, one NGO and a local government development company.
Project’s website: https://extrema.space
Full Title: TRigger Buffers in inondaTion Events
Project ID: European Commission, DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, ECHO/SUB/2016/742480/PREV08
Duration: 24 Months
Coordinator: National Technical University of Athens
TRIBUTE aims to help Europe-wide national, regional and local Civil Protection authorities answer the following vital question in case of flooding: “Should I initiate an evacuation and how long do I have to evacuate safely?”. The answer to the above question is unique per selected area, as not all sites are equally prone to flooding. Having an evacuation plan in place before a flood occurs can help avoid confusion as well as prevent injuries and damages. One technique used for assessing the time that an evacuation should be recommended is the so-called ‘trigger buffer’. An evacuation trigger buffer is a pre-established boundary that circumscribes an area in such a way that when floodwaters (incl. waters, sediment, contaminated waters and pollution) coming from any direction cross the buffer, an evacuation is recommended. TRIBUTE software tool that will be delivered as a web service and as a mobile application will be fed with current estimates of downpour hazards from satellites and information on the vulnerability and coping capacity for the threatened site. The service will have pan-European coverage and will be tested extensively in three pilot areas with different characteristics, including cross-border and multi-threat. TRIBUTE has rich training, dissemination and exploitation activities to promote the concept to the stakeholders.
Full Title: EcoSUSTAIN:Ecological sustainable Governance of Mediterranean protected Areas via improved Scientific, Technical and Managerial Knowledge Base
Project ID: Interegg MED 2014-2020, Priority axis-Investment Priority-Specific Objective 3-2-1
Duration: 30 Months
Coordinator: University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime studies
Abstract: EcoSUSTAIN represents joint transnational action towards maintenance of biodiversity and natural ecosystems by means of
stronger management and networking of protected areas obtained through capacity building, innovative technologies and
improved management knowledge base. Management and networking of protected areas will be improved by capacity building
activities and pilot implementation of innovative water quality monitoring solutions in several protected wetland locations
across the programme area. Water quality monitoring will be improved by means of state-of-the-art ICT technology providing
live, early warning messages directly from a sensor-equipped buoy, or by means of long-term monitoring based on satellite
imagery processing. The primary end uses of the monitoring systems will be management bodies of the protected areas
involved in the pilot activities. However, by means of transferring actions in the project and sustainable results, secondary end
users will be other management bodies of protected areas across the Mediterranean.
The overall objective of the action is to improve monitoring, management and networking of protected areas through
supporting scientific, technical and management knowledge in order to tackle the problem of incoherent and segregated
management of protected areas as self-sustained units, which is believed to hamper protection and promotion of Mediterranean
natural resources, as well as maintenance of biodiversity and natural ecosystems.
Full Title: ECOPOTENTIAL: IMPROVING FUTURE ECOSYSTEM BENEFITS THROUGH EARTH OBSERVATIONS
Project ID: European Commission, H2020-SC5-16-2014-641762-2
Duration: 48 Months
Coordinator: CNR (IT)
Abstract: Terrestrial and marine ecosystems provide essential services to human societies. Anthropogenic pressures, however, cause serious threat to ecosystems, leading to habitat degradation and increased risk of collapse, with related loss of ecosystem services. Knowledge-based conservation, management and restoration policies are needed to improve ecosystem benefits in face of increasing pressures. ECOPOTENTIAL will make significant progress beyond the state-of-the-art and create a new unified framework for ecosystem studies and management of protected areas (PA). ECOPOTENTIAL will focus on internationally recognized PAs in Europe and beyond; most PAs are UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves, national parks and Natura 2000 sites. LTER sites and Large Marine Ecosystems are included. Best use of Earth Observation (EO) and monitoring data will be made possible by new EO open-access ecosystem data services (ECOPERNICUS). New modeling approaches including information from EO data will be developed, ecosystem services in current and future conditions will be assessed and the requirements of future protected areas will be defined. Open and interoperable access to data and knowledge will be assured by a GEO Ecosystem Virtual Laboratory Platform, fully integrated in GEOSS. Support to transparent and knowledge-based conservation and management policies, able to include information from EO data, will be given. Knowledge gained in the PAs will be upscaled to pan-European conditions and used for planning and management of future PAs. A permanent stakeholder consultancy group (GEO Ecosystem Community of Practice) will be created. Capacity building will be pursued at all levels. SMEs will be involved to create expertise leading to new job opportunities, ensuring commercial uptake and long-term continuation of services. In summary, ECOPOTENTIAL will use the most advanced technologies to improve future ecosystem benefits for humankind.
Title: Advanced Protection of Critical Buildings by Overall Anticipating Systems
Project ID: European Commission, FP7-SEC-2012-1
Duration: 24 Months
Abstract: Socioeconomic activities such as supply and distribution of gas or electricity and the Infrastructures that generate it or transport it (power plants, gas pipes), are vital to the day-to-day functioning of any country. How those Critical Infrastructures can anticipate any threat with the view of avoiding potential disruptions is the main goal of ARGOS project that will enhance the capacity of those Infrastructures in order to monitor, deter, and respond to a potential threat using ‘Early Warning Technologies’.
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Title: Future Internet Applied to Public Safety in Smart Cities
Project ID: European Commission, FP7-FI -PPP, 285556
Duration: 24 Months
Abstract:Safecity deals with smart Public safety and security in cities. The main objective is to enhance the role of Future Internet in ensuring people feel safe in their surroundings at time that their surroundings are protected.
Safecity is the result of the elaboration of a vertical Use Case Scenario based on Public Safety in European cities. The main goal of this project is to collect specific requirements driven by relevant users on the Future of Internet versus to the generic ones that will be collected through other objectives.
The methodology follow to achieve this goal is as follow:
1. The definition of specific scenarios with the finality to negotiate with available infrastructures to support Safecity functionality, considering the involvement of main cities in Europe as Madrid, Helsinki, Athens, Bucharest, Stockholm etc along others. An Experts Committee integrated by other relevant European cities andPublic Safety agencies will support this project.
2. Collection of specific enablers, technical and functional requirements on the Future Internet in relation with Public Safety in contraposition of the generic ones and how the business process may be supported.
3. Elaboration of a conceptual Safecity prototypes and early trials in order to study the feasibility of this initiative.
The demonstration of the concept will be carried out in Madrid as main city but other specific requirements will be demonstrated in a second city as Stockholm due to the contrast with Madrid.
4. A strong liaison with other FI-PPP use cases and the FI Core Platform will be essential to the success of the project. For that, Safecity will support the FI-PPP Essential Interworking programme governance and activities that will ensure the integration of the Project activities.
Title: New Service Capabilities for Integrated and Advanced Maritime Surveillance
Project ID: European Commission, FP7-SPACE-2010-1, 263468
Duration: 36 Months
Abstract:NEREIDS will bring innovate capablities based on EO to make a best exploitation of available space technologies.
NEREIDS capabilities will bring enhancedEO capabilities by combining different sensors with innovative data fussion tecniques.NEREIDS will bring a toolbox apporach enabling share data an capabilities and support a common maritime picture.
NEREIDS will make an analysis of maritime surveillance in a cross-sectorial approach and will bring best capabilities using best use of available space assets.
Title: Methods and tools for dual access to the EO databases in the EU and Russia
Project ID: European Commission, FP7-SPACE-2010-1, 261952
Duration: 24 Months
Abstract:The market of EO services is rapidly growing and becoming one of the main driving forces of innovative development both in Europe and Russia. At the same time, still the exchange of EO data available in both regions is a technical challenge. The consortium composed of the developers of an only Russian civil EO satellite system Resurs-DK and representatives of European EO research community and EO service industry aims at reducing technical barriers for the joint use of EO data available both in the EU and Russia.
Title: Earthquake Crisis Management System for Greece
Project ID: European Space Agency, 20355-06-NL-US
Duration: 18 Months (closed successfully)
Abstract: Project’s objectives were: To design a prototype service for civil protection departments to be used in the case of natural hazards and specifically in the case of major earthquake incidents. To demonstrate benefits of innovative technologies (Satcom, wireless) for field operators, decision makers and end-users, To design an integrated service which will be based on EO data, GIS technologies and satellite telecommunications. This project will act as a start-up for similar service provision in the case of other natural or man-made hazards or for telemedicine applications, Direct and rapid data distribution from value-adder and experts to on-field operators and local decision makers, Collaborative working sessions between experts, decision makers and on-field operators.
Title: GEO capacity building initiative in Central Asia
Project ID: European Commission, FP7-ENV-2009-1, 244176
Duration: 24 Months
Abstract:The goal of SEOCA is to promote European GEO-techlogies in the region of Central Asia as a platform solution for the regional development challenges. As a result the consortium expects that SEOCA will radically increase acceptance of GEOSS technologies by regional governments for national environmental services, meteorology, natural hazards prevention, geological explorations, etc.