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PONTOS' brainstorming event in Greece



PONTOS' brainstorming event in Greece, May 26, 2021

The Information Technology Institute of CERTH in cooperation with Democritus University of Thrace organized and conducted an online brainstorming event in the context of the project "Copernicus assisted environmental monitoring across the Black Sea Basin – PONTOS". The main purposes were to:

  • Introduce PONTOS project and its goals
  • Present Copernicus Earth Observation program
  • Collect the needs of stakeholders in order to incorporate them into the tasks that will be followed
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Open Internship Offers



Open Internship offers at CERTH / ITI, May 18, 2021

The Information Technology Institute of CERTH offers internship opportunities in the subject of "Analysis of satellite images for information extraction aiming to natural resources management" in the context of research projects. The main objective will be the analysis of satellite images and radar data using Python programming language and specialized libraries.

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EOS team @ the EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021



EOS team @ the EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021 "Earth Observation for sustainable cities and communities", April 1, 2021

Argyrios Stergioudis presented the EOS team's relevant work on the "Assessment of Texture Features’ Contribution in Discriminating Natural Bare Areas vs. Artificially Covered Ones: Chania Case Study" at the EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021 "Earth Observation for sustainable cities and communities", March 30 - April 1 2021.

You may find the extended abstract on pages 126 and 127 of the Abstract Book and cite our work as follows:
I. Manakos, A. Ledawi, A. Stergioudis, C. Kalaitzidis, Assessment of Texture Features’ Contribution in Discriminating Natural Bare Areas vs. Artificially Covered Ones: Chania Case Study, Proceedings of the EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021 "EO for sustainable cities and communities", March 30 - April 1 2021, Liege, Belgium, pp. 126-127.


WQeMS’ website is online



WQeMS’ website is online, April 1, 2021

The WQeMS’ website aims to reach a wider audience and especially end users and other stakeholders, through the provision of dynamic information, such as news about forthcoming and completed project activities, and events; multimedia material, such as project presentations, videos from events and pilot testing; social media streaming information related to WQeMS activities and online mentions.

The WQeMS’ website has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme (Research and Innovation Action) Grant agreement: 101004157

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EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021 - New date!



Earth Observation for sustainable cities and communities, March 30 – April 1, 2021 LIEGE - BELGIUM.

This event is a combination of:

  • 4th joint EARSeL LULC & NASA LCLUC Workshop
  • 6th EARSe Joint Workshop Urban Remote Sensing
  • 1st EARSeL Remote Sensing For UN Sustainable Development Goals Workshop
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* If the sanitary and/or travel conditions are not satisfactory at the end of next winter the joint workshop might become a 100% virtual event!


Online Interdisciplinary Workshop



Interdisciplinary workshop on Big Data & Earth Observation services for journalists, 18 March 2021.

This online workshop is Co-organised by Center of Research & Technology Hellas and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The main purpose is to intoduce the project SnapEarth, to present its goals and recieve feedback from the participants regarding the optimization of the proposed solutions.

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PONTOS Newsletter released



PONTOS Newsletter Released, 8 February 2021.

The first newsletter of the PONTOS’ research project is out! It presents the pilot areas profile as well as the main points concerning the Shoreline Change Methodology Training and the training for the AquaCrop Model.

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WQeMS Kick-off meeting



The WQeMS project 'Copernicus Assisted Lake Water Quality Emergency Monitoring Service' was launched at the kick-off meeting on 18, 19 and 20 of January 2021 and brings together 11 partners from countries across Europe: Greece (Lead Beneficiary), Spain, Germany, Italy, Finland and Cyprus.

The overall objectives of WQeMS:

  • Provide an open surface Water Quality Emergency Monitoring Service to the water utilities’ industry leveraging on the Copernicus products and services;
  • Optimize the use of resources by gaining access to frequently acquired, wide covering and locally accurate water-status information;
  • Citizens will gain a deeper insight and confidence for selected key quality elements of the ‘water we drink’, while enjoying a friendlier environmental footprint from a more intelligent production process.

WQeMS is funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme (Research and Innovation Action) Grant agreement: 101004157


E-shape @ Kerkini Lake Protected Area Authority



Dr. I. Manakos and his colleagues from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas with the support of MAICh and the Management Body of Kerkini Lake organized a web meeting, within the framework of the e-Shape H2020 IA project, to discuss the progress and the key outcomes of the Earth Observation spaceborne water quality monitoring in Lake Kerkini.

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The E-SHAPE project is funded and supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 820852.


Copernicus assisted services for forest management (NextLand Showcase)



On 16 October 2020 Dr. Ioannis Manakos, Principal Researcher at the Centre of Research and Technology Hellas, was invited to present online at the 9th International Symposium on Forest and Sustainable Development, the ‘Copernicus assisted services for forest management’ within the H2020 NextLand project.

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EOTiST Kick-off meeting



The EOTiST project ‘Earth Observation Training in Science and Technology at the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences’ was launched at the kick-off meeting on October 6, 2020 and brings together 4 partners from countries across Europe: Poland (Lead Beneficiary), Greece, Spain and Italy.

The general aim of the project is to enhance the S&T capacity of the CBK PAN and to achieve excellence in research of EO products’ assimilation in the ecosystem assessment and monitoring. The goal will be reached by establishing close collaboration with three EU research Centres of Excellence: CERTH, CREAF, CNR.

EOTiST is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (Research and Innovation Action) | Grant agreement: 952111


Black Sea Project, PONTOS, launched



On July 22, 2020, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment in collaboration with partners from Armenia, Georgia, Greece, and Ukraine publicly launched the 30-month Copernicus Assisted Environmental Monitoring Across the Black Sea Basin project, also known as PONTOS. The 1 million euro project, funded mainly by the European Union’s ENI Cross-Border Cooperation Black Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020, commenced on July 1 of this year.

Among others the project will make Black Sea environmental information from the EU Copernicus Earth Observation system accessible to scientists, policymakers, citizens, and other stakeholders, by:

  • utilizing information and data science to retrieve Copernicus information and images,
  • coupling them with national or regional data and
  • providing online monitoring services for the Black Sea and the surrounding environment in a transboundary, standardized and homogenized manner.

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Proximal sensing measurements in cotton plantations by the EOS team



Members of the EOS team, Ioannis Manakos, Christos Kalogeropoulos and Danai Aristeridou, performed proximal sensing measurements in cotton plantations, in the wider area of Epanomi, close to Thessaloniki (GR), by utilizing the hyperspectral imaging system Muses. Target is to identify the vitality status and/ or stress signs of the plants across the formed spectral cube. In addition, the team has the chance to test own or generate new automated (unsupervised as possible) processing workflows. Moreover, findings will be juxtaposed with relevant ones derived from timely parallel acquired high resolution satellite imagery for the same pixels in an effort to extrapolate the applicability of the workflows.

The local farmer Mr Athanasios Gkaros (bottom left and upper right pictures on the tractor) kindly granted access to his plots for the experimentation, and shared with us applied cultivation practices, plot history conditions, and expected yields. Further in situ measurements are scheduled throughout the cultivation period.


Second edition of MedRIN's newsletter

Photo taken at the Kick off meeting in Chania, July 2018


The benefits for joining forces in the Mediterranean region in earth observation: The Mediterranean Regional Information Network (MedRIN)

MedRIN was established after discussions with European, African and American colleagues. It is a new network for the Mediterranean Region which is coupled with the framework of the Global Observations of Forests Cover and Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).

In this newsletter edition, you may find a short presentation and an interview of Dr. Ioannis Manakos.

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Second edition of SnapEarth's newsletter

In CERTH-ITI AI and ICT meet EO and EO applications in an excellent synthesis


In this newsletter, the progress, the key outcomes and the events within the framework of SnapEarth are discussed.

Furthermore, in this newsletter the first two partners of the project are introduced: Qwant - the coordinator of SnapEarth consortium and Centre for Research and Technology Hellas from Greece

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas from Greece (CERTH)

This is one of the largest research centres in Greece, founded in 2000. The mission of CERTH is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality scientific research and developing innovative products and services while building strong partnerships with industry and strong collaborations with research centres and universities in Greece and abroad. CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1,000 competitive research projects and is listed among the Top-20 Research Centres of the EU with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants for the period 2007-2012 and received numerous awards and distinctions...

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Join the SnapEarth user community



Are you familiarize to agriculture, food security, climate or journalism and would like to learn how you can easily search and analyze EO data? Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence, machine learning or want to know the open-source portable and secured multi-cloud management solution?

If you would like to participate with us in developing appropriate application solutions that could support your work, please let us know.

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NextLand’s kick-off meeting



The NextLand project “Next Generation Land Management Services for Agriculture and Forestry” was launched through online means (instead of physical kick-off meeting) on 2, 3 and 4 of June, 2020.

NextLand will develop 15 innovative and operational services, as shown in the picture above, to strengthen the entire value chain of the agricultural and forestry sector. These services could be use through 7 different scenarios:

  • Support to irrigation
  • Crop planning optimization
  • Early stress / anomaly identification
  • Deforestation & illegal logging
  • Forest growth
  • Fire impact & risk assessment
  • Forest health
More information about the project

*Picture source: https://remotesensing.vito.be/


Read the latest news about the AQUACYCLE project



Find out more about AQUACYCLE's activities:

  Subscribe in AQUACYCLE's Newsletter list
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The AQUACYCLE project is funded and supported by the European Union through the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme under the Grant Contract A_B41_0027_AQUACYCLE. For more information, please visit enicbcmed.eu and enicbcmed.eu/projects/aquacycle.


CERTH is in service of the society.



CERTH is in service of the society. Since the outbreak of the pandemic virus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) CERTH follows closely the developments. Capitalizing on knowledge and capacity in the domain of the bio-analytical and diagnostic services, accumulated through its research and innovation activities, CERTH offers support to the Greek government and health care system. You may find more information in the following article (written in Greek).

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Earth Observation data and Artificial Intelligence in support of Journalism



Earth Observation data is valuable for journalist’s reports to the public. An example are the maps released in little time during or after the tsunami in Indian Ocean in 2004 or the Fukushima disaster in 2011, accompanying the verbal or text reports of theirs. Taking advantage of the improved temporal frequency and spatial cover of the Sentinel satellite sensors SnapEarth aims to assimilate latest spaceborne retrieved information to support journalists in their work in near real time...

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SnapEarth's innovative platform (leaflet available)



SnapEarth project aims to initiate the creation of a virtuous circle of innovation by providing to EO data users an innovative platform with leading edge EO segmented datasets, Neural Networks models and Cloud computing ecosystem.

More information available in the leaflet

This project has received funding from the European Unions' Horizon 2020 innovation action program, under Grant Agreement No 870373.


5 reasons why E-shape is important for you and your organization



For more information about the project activities, visit the website https://e-shape.eu or the helpdesk of E-shape https://helpdesk.e-shape.eu.


2nd meeting in Malta for the Aquacycle project



An initial training of partners was organized on the occasion of the 2nd project meeting in Malta during 3 to 5 February 2020, which at the same time served to further develop the prototype webGIS.

In the final part of the training session, Dr. Ioannis Manakos presented the envisaged webGIS platform and its functionalities. Based on an open source software globally acknowledged solution, the AQUACYCLE webGIS will be enriched with geospatial data analysis functionality. This way cubes of existing data, both Earth Observation and existing thematic ones, will generate analysis ready data.

More information about the project

The AQUACYCLE project is funded and supported by the European Union through the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme under the Grant Contract A_B41_0027_AQUACYCLE. For more information, please visit enicbcmed.eu and enicbcmed.eu/projects/aquacycle.


SnapEarth Kick-off meeting



The SnapEarth project “Fostering Earth Observation market uptake thanks to natural and holistic access to added value data generated through cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technologies” was launched in Paris on 19 and 20 of December, 2019.

SnapEarth will unlock new value, derive actionable service ideas on top of EO big data collections, and address future priorities by leveraging cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence and Cloud technologies and tools.

SnapEarth is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme (Innovation Action) | Grant agreement: 870373

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Multiple Purpose Forestry Seminars: 'Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth Observations - from EO to ecosystem services modelling'


Two invited seminars of 'Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth Observations - from EO to ecosystem services modelling' are held by Dr. Ioannis Manakos at the International 'Multiple Purpose Forestry' 2 years MSc of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania. Further dedicated technical meetings included familirization of the academic personnel with the results of ECOPOTENTIAL H2020 project, the ongoing E-SHAPE one, and the Open Data Cubes. Forest Design Romania, a successful private sector company, is introduced to eos.iti.gr team work, and took part in the discussions.

Special thanks to the Dean, Prof. dr. ing. Lucian CURTU, and the Associate Professor Mihai NITA for the invitation and fruitful discussions.

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Remote Sensing course tutored by Dr. I. Manakos at CIHEAM.



The course of 'Remote Sensing' at the 'Geoinformation in Environmental Management' MSc of the International Centre for Advanced Meditarrenean Agronomic Studies at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, GR, is successfully concluded. Dedicated sessions included the presentation of the 'ODYSSEAS' project eos.iti.gr team spectrophotometer, drone data acquisition - thanks to Nicolas Gailhard, who is the director of Arkeoservice, a market oriented presentation and discussion for Earth Observation career opportunities with ALTUS LSA representative - Dr. Zak Sarris, and the progress of MSc candidate Ms. Malak Kanj within the framework of E-SHAPE project.

The tutor, Dr. I. Manakos, and the students send you a farewell goodbye.


Credit: Nicolas Gailhard for the drone photo.


Land Cover Change and Land Degradation Assessment (EuroGEO Showcase) presented at the Geo Week in Canberra, in Australia



The Land Cover Change and Land Degradation Assessment (EuroGEO Showcase) was presented at Canberra during the Geo Week by Gilles Ollier, who is a representative of the European Commission. CERTH and Dr. I. Manakos received credits for their contribution. You may watch the respective video bellow.


EuroGEO launches a pioneering new project, e-shape



EuroGEO is the European component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). It is a shared initiative of the European Commission and the European Caucus Member States and Participating Organisations.

To strengthen Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), EuroGEO has launched e-shape. With a user-centric approach to Earth observation (EO) data sharing, the system aims to improve forecasting capabilities for sound decision making.

E-shape is funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme. E-shape allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.

More information: e-shape.eu georeportonimpact.org/impact-stories-eurogeo earthobservations.org/geo_blog_obs.php?id=364


ESA's Sentinel Online Journal news about "Copernicus Sentinels improve hydroperiod estimations of Mediterranean wetlands"



Within the ECOPOTENTIAL project, researchers of Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC, Spain) and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) worked in close collaboration, using satellite data, to study wetland seasonal dynamics and hydroperiods duration and trends in the Doñana National Park (Southern Spain)..

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The ECOPOTENTIAL project is funded and supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 641762.


ECOPOTENTIAL tools hands-on workshop



ECOPOTENTIAL tools hands-on workshop took place in Doñana Biological Reserve (RBD-CSIC), in Spain. The workshop was organized in order to present the results and tools that have been produced in the H2020 project ECOPOTENTIAL (ref. No 641762), to the managers and technicians of Doñana Protected Area in particular, and other protected area managers in general.

Dr. Manakos was speaker in the following sessions:

  • "Using Sentinel 2 to estimate hydroperiod in Doñana"
  • "How to incorporate Sentinel 1 to hydroperiod estimates in Doñana"
He was also one of the instructors at the hands-on workshop for the Hydroperiod tool of Ecopotential Virtual lab.

Ecopotential Virtual Lab

The ECOPOTENTIAL project is funded and supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 641762.


Aquacycle Kick-off meeting



The AQUACYCLE project “Towards Sustainable Treatment and Reuse of Wastewater in the Mediterranean Region” was launched in Thessaloniki on September 30, 2019, and brings together 7 partners and 4 associated partners from 8 countries around the Mediterranean: Greece (Lead Beneficiary), Lebanon, Malta, Spain, Tunisia, Algeria, France and Morocco.

AQUACYCLE is set to bring an eco-innovative wastewater treatment technology that will consist of anaerobic digestion, constructed wetlands and solar treatment for the cost-effective treatment of urban wastewater with minimal costs of operation and maximum environmental benefits. The novel technology will be demonstrated in 3 pilot sites in Lebanon, Spain and Tunisia.

The AQUACYCLE project is funded and supported by the European Union through the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme under the Grant Contract A_B41_0027_AQUACYCLE. For more information, please visit enicbcmed.eu and enicbcmed.eu/projects/aquacycle.


ECOPOTENTIAL project at Researchers' Night 2019



On 27 September 2019, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) organized the Researchers’ Night in Thessaloniki, with the goal to bring researchers closer to the society and encourage young people pursue relevant careers. The event had a big success and managed to reach more than 4500 visitors within 5 hours.

Among other participating teams, the ECOPOTENTIAL/ CERTH team presented the H2020 flagship ECOPOTENTIAL project and its main results, providing the opportunity to visitors to view the beauty of the protected areas in Europe and beyond, get informed about issues and challenges they face and familiarized with ECOPOTENTIAL services towards an advanced monitoring of these areas. A series of presentations, posters and flyers illustrated the ECOPOTENTIAL achievements while the ECOPOTENTIAL/ CERTH team members ceaselessly discussed with visitors of all ages about the usefulness of earth observation to improve future ecosystem benefits.

The ECOPOTENTIAL project is funded and supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 641762.


E-SHAPE project at Researchers' Night 2019



Within the framework of the Researcher’s Night held in Thessaloniki on 27 September 2019, the H2020 E-SHAPE project has been presented to the visitor flows of all ages by the E-SHAPE/ CERTH team. The whole event had a big success and managed to reach more than 4500 visitors within 5 hours.

E-SHAPE related information was placed at a central point. Presentations and posters demonstrated especially the myEcosystem Showcase of the project to familiarize the audience with the latest advancements in Europe in regards with earth observation and its usefulness to the ecosystem monitoring and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. Ways of access to consistently scaled environmental information on ecosystems from various sources and cutting-edge technologies (e.g. the open data technologies) that deliver analysis ready data for the user were showcased.

The E-SHAPE project is funded and supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 820852.


ODYSSEAS project at Researchers' Night 2019



On 27 September 2019, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) organized the Researchers’ Night in Thessaloniki, with the goal to bring researchers closer to the society and encourage young people pursue relevant careers.The whole event had a big success and managed to reach more than 4500 visitors within 5 hours.   

ODYSSEAS activities related with the use and applications of the spectrophotometer were presented by the research team of Dr. I. Manakos’ of the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) of the Centre of Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), which is specialized in Remote Sensing. The newly acquired spectrophotometer, purchased within the framework of the project, was displayed to the visitors, while detailed presentations on the operating principles and the capacity of the equipment and its high potential in various application areas were explained.

In addition, acquisition of spectral images performed live on plant samples and projected on the screen. Accordingly, during the experiments, that were recently designed with Dr. P. Madesis’ research team of the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) of CERTH, spectral images are also acquired from the plant Arabidopsis. The Madesis research group has expertise in DNA- and RNA-based analytical tools, -omics technologies, and bioinformatics, which are primarily used for understanding biosynthetic pathways and gene regulatory networks underlying plant stress responses.

Both research teams, simultaneously perform different types of experiments to the plant and by the end of the experimentation, they will analyze the data and correlate the foundings.

ODYSSEAS' news

ODYSSEAS (MIS 5002462) is implemented under the “Action for the Strategic Development on the Research and Technological Sector”, funded by the Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (NSRF 2014-2020) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).


International LCLUC Regional Science Joint Meeting for Central Asia and Caucasus: Water - Energy - Food and Sustainability



International LCLUC Regional Science Joint Meeting for Central Asia and Caucasus took place in Nur Sultan, in Kazakhstan. Dr. Manakos was speaker at the workshops and thematic sessions on September 16 and 17 as follows:

  • September 17: "Cooperation experiences and outlook with the Validation focus Working Group of SCERIN"
  • September 16: "Inundation mapping by fusing Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 images with machine learning techniques: the ECOPOTENTIAL legacy"

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E-shape @ Kerkini Lake Protected Area Authority



Dr. I. Manakos and his colleagues visited the premises of Kerkini Lake Protected Area in Northern Greece following an invitation of the responsible Management Authority. Ways for cooperation within the framework of the E-SHAPE project were extensively discussed. Issue of main interest is the exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) data and existing EO based products to support monitoring of changes and management of the area.

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The E-SHAPE project is funded and supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 820852.


Special Issue of "Sentinel Analysis Ready Data (Sentinel ARD)" @ Remote Sensing MDPI Journal


This Special Issue is consequently aiming to cover the most recent advances in ARD developments and implementations for Sentinel data.

Topics include:

  • Methods for generating Analysis Ready Data for both optical (Sentinel-2 and 3) and SAR imagery (Sentinel-1);
  • Defining ARD level for thermal imagery (Sentinel-3);
  • Defining guidelines for ARD product interoperability;
  • Defining ARD level for Sentinel-5P (Air pollution);
  • Significance of ARD for Data Producers; Data Distributors; Data Users;
  • Data quality, reliability, flagging, etc.;
  • Cost/Benefits analysis for ARD data;
  • Thematic application of Sentinel ARD;
  • Software tools that support generating analysis-ready data for both optical and SAR imagery;
  • Support to policy framework such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, or Aichi targets;
  • Links with initiatives like Copernicus or the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS);
  • Data cube interoperability;
  • Error propagation and uncertainty handling;
  • ARD standards;
  • User driven requirements for ARD;
  • The significance of sensor Cal/Val in ARD including issues related to cross-sensor interoperability.

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Did you hear the news about our book?



“Land Use and Land Cover Mapping in Europe – Practice & Trends” has more than 53.560 chapter downloads and was among the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in its respective Springer eBook Collection in 2018!

 


About the book:

…the book provides a comprehensive view of various LULC activities focusing on European initiatives, such as the LUCAS surveys, the CORINE land covers, the ESA/EU GMES program and its resulting Fast-Track- and Downstream Services, the EU JRC Global Land Cover, the ESA GlobCover project as well as the ESA initiative on Essential Climate Variables.

…the book covers the operational approaches, but also provides reviews of current state-of-the-art scientific methodologies and recommendations

... the book showcases best-practice examples that lead to a perspective exceeding pure mapping towards investigating drivers and causes, as well as future projections

Discover it here

Editors: Ioannis Manakos, Matthias Braun | eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-7969-3 | DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7969-3 | Publisher: Springer Netherlands | Copyright: 2014


EuroGEOSS Workshop 2019



Fruitful discussion took place last week at the EuroGEOSS Workshop in Lisbon where the ECOPOTENTIAL and the E-shape teams interacted with the rest of the EuroGEOSS community.

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SCERIN-7 Capacity Building Workshop on Earth System Observations



"Land Cover Dynamics in the Agricultural and Protected Natural Areas in the SCERIN Domain", Novi Sad, Serbia.
Oral presentation by Dr. I. Manakos about "The ECOPOTENTIAL online data services legacy and SCERIN applications".

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H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL's final meeting



The legacy of Rome embraces the legacy of H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL at the final meeting of the project in Rome, 20-24.05.19, where representatives from 48 partner Entities discussed about joint past and future activities.

Ecopotential's website

2019 Living Planet Symposium at Milan, Italy.



Dr. Ioannis Manakos' oral presentation at 2019 Living Planet Symposium: Derivation of inundation maps by fusing Sentinel-1 data with Sentinel-2 products to overcome cloudy conditions.   

Abstract:
Monitoring of inundation regimes for wide areas and frequent time intervals is of great value for the fulfilment of the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, such as Aichi Targets 7, 11, 12, 14, 15 & SDG targets 6.6, 13.1, 15.1, 15.5.

Multispectral satellite data are suitable for the estimation of the inundation extent under cloud-free weather conditions achieving a high degree of accuracy. Radar data on the contrary, especially Sentinel-1 ones, face limitations and challenges in reaching credible results. As such may be referred the land cover synthesis of the scene, as, for example, shallow waters or waters with emergent vegetation or flat sandy areas may produce a confusing signal with either non-inundated areas in the first two cases or inundated ones in the latter.

Exploitation of high accuracy Sentinel-2 inundation derived maps to train Sentinel-1 varying pixel values in time leads to credible results up to a time interval and coverage percentage from the date that training occurred. The aim of this study is to unravel the conditions, especially the time interval from available accurate inundation maps that the sole use of Sentinel-1 data, in view of lack of available multispectral data for the desired date, may lead to credible results.

Focus is on Doñana marshlands in Spain, a breeding and wintering habitat for many water birds, where inundation maps are required to balance bird nesting and cattle breeding ecosystem services, as expressed via the biomass production due to water presence. Generated inundation maps can be provided via the ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Laboratory, fully integrated in GEOSS and in support of GEO ECO initiative’s objectives.


E-shape - Kick off meeting



54 partners (100 participants) from Europe and beyond were gathered in Cannes for the launching of the e-shape project!

For more information, visit the e-shape website or follow e-shape on twitter @ eshape_eu


United Nations/Romania International Conference on Space Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Precision Farming at Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Poster: EEOBSS - EO education for Bulgarian secondary schools


ECOPOTENTIAL at the 2019 NASA LCLUC Spring Science Team Meeting



ECOPOTENTIAL results have been presented at the recent NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Spring Science Team Meeting, held in April (9th-11th) at the Hilton Washington DC, USA. This annual Science meeting consisted of presentations from and discussions among the LCLUC Science Team members funded for research by the NASA LCLUC program.

Focus was a) on the use of fine resolution data for LCLUC, b) the preliminary results of the Multi-Source Land Imaging team making benefit of the complementary use of Copernicus and Landsat satellite data towards a Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 harmonized surface reflectance product, c) LCLUC synthesis projects over the globe, and d) applications in Southeast Asia and Northern Eurasia.

CERTH (Greece) was among the approximately 150 participants to present and highlight ECOPOTENTIAL achievements in LCLUC products generation, and, more specifically, about online monitoring data services (mounted on the Virtual Laboratory Platform) that promote repeatability of layers production; triggered by users. The flash talk was respectively about ‘Online monitoring data services for ecosystem indicators: an overview of ECOPOTENTIAL results’. Vivid discussions followed at the poster presentation.


Mediterranean Regional Information Network (MedRIN) Meeting and Workshop



The second Mediterranean Regional Information Network (MedRIN) meeting and workshop took place at the Aliathon Holiday Village, in Paphos, Cyprus as a component of the 7th International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2019).

In the link you may find the presentation of Dr. Ioannis Manakos on “The SCERIN network: Best practices and achievements”.


Special Issue of “Remote Sensing in Ecosystem Modelling” @ Remote Sensing MDPI Journal



Topics include:

  • direct comparisons of EO with in-situ data
  • assessment of the added value of EO to ecosystem models
  • interoperability topics, for example spatial and temporal scale issues, derived from the incorporation of EO in ecosystem models
  • uncertainty propagation of EO-derived inputs in ecosystem models
  • benefits by the EO assimilation and side-effects in the designed processing chains
  • adjustments in ecosystem models to better integrate EO inputs
  • the new capacity being developed and explored by the installation and operation of the Data and Information Access Services (DIASs)

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Real time analysis direct from the Sentinel data hub to your screen




Special Issue of “Monitoring Land Cover Change: Towards Sustainability” @ Land MDPI Journal



Topics include:

  • New instruments and data processing methods
  • Geological, hydrological, land and ice applications
  • Climate and climate change
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Urban and Thermal remote sensing
  • Use of LIDAR and RADAR data for various applications
  • Applications employing UAVs and UASs
  • Synergy of remote sensing technologies for land-use change monitoring
  • The role of earth observations within the Water–Energy–Food nexus
  • Social and behavioral aspects of land use supported by remote sensing observations
  • Advances and outlook in the processing and analysis of remotely sensed data

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ECOPOTENTIAL at the European Parliament



The science-policy briefing event “Science for Post 2020 Environmental Targets – Insights from Earth Observation of Protected Areas” for the EU Parliament will take place on the 27th of September 2018 (09:00-11:00). At the event, the most relevant ECOPOTENTIAL key findings for post 2020 environmental strategies will be presented.

The event will be chaired by MEPs Ricardo Serrão Santos and Sirpa Pietikäinen and is organized in cooperation with EBCD which serves as the secretariat of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.


Land-Use/Cover Change Drivers, Impacts and Sustainability within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus



3rd joint EARSeL LULC/NASA LCLUC Workshop

Following the success of the two previous EARSeL Special Interest Group on Land Use and Land Cover (SIG LU/LC) and NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program joint Workshops (Berlin 2014 and Prague 2016) with more than 270 participants from 4 continents, the 3rd EARSeL LULC and NASA LCLUC joint Workshop “Land-Use/Cover Change Drivers, Impacts and Sustainability within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” set the questions towards and beyond the 2020 emerging challenges.

Workshop report released here