Integrating in-situ monitoring and EO in the framework of GMES and GEOSS


?¨Integrating in-situ monitoring and remote sensing in the framework of GMES and GEOSS?Æ

Open cluster meeting
May 31st, 2007
Earth Monitoring is at a turning point world wide. The awareness of the risks inherent to an uncontrolled development of human activities has led to environmental protocols, to the setup of new partnerships, such as the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and the European GMES initiative (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security), and the need to develop synergies between existing capacities internationally. GMES has already gathered substantial momentum through the actions of the European Union and European Space Agencies and through the wide ranging participation of European industry. The initiative encompasses in-situ, airborne and spaceborne sensor deployment, ground infrastructures and data processing, value added data production and interpretation, up to extending aid for Environment and Security decision-making.


The last decade has seen huge progress in sensor network technologies: small computers and sensors costing tens of euros, tiny operating systems running in hundreds of bytes of memory, short-range radios consuming minimal power, and multi-hop networks covering local areas. As sensor network research continues, one trend is “bigger”: more powerful computers and sensors, higher-level operating systems services, mixes of radio technologies, and wide-area networks connecting sensornets in global deployments; another trend is “smaller” very cheap throw away sensors (RFID and beyond). In the meantime, remote sensing is becoming increasingly accurate and flexible, and these improvements are now in the process of being successfully applied to high altitude platforms and UAV, which present new and added possibilities for earth observation.


It is by now well accepted that the proper monitoring of our planet will require the use of both in-situ and remote sensing techniques. While these approaches are operationally very different, they have each an essential role to play in any serious plan to monitor a site, region, country, or the Earth as a whole. Unfortunately this synergy is neither yet realised nor fully appreciated, in part because of the different technologies involved and skills required to operate them, in part because of the resilience of traditional working practices (resistance to change), in part also because of arguments linked to training; to the need to implement new tools and models, just to name a few.


The objectives of the workshop are:
* First: to bring together experts from the two sides to increase mutual knowledge of their communities
* Second: to assess the above-mentioned trends in new applications
* Third: to explore the mechanisms of synergy between in-situ and RS and to evaluate its impact.
* Fourth: to identify technical and non technical obstacles to the uptake of the proposed solutions.

Target Audience: Industry, research centres, environment monitoring agencies, space agencies

Format: Round panels for discussion
Venue: May 31st, 2007, Brussels
Registrations: Info to be sent at EARSC 
Full address:


Organised by:
-EC- DG INFSO (Information Society and Media Directorate-General)

-EARSC (European Associaiton of Remote Sensing Companies)

For Industry Sponsorship Contact EARSC

Technical state-of-the-art presentations by the following projects focussing on the objective of the workshop. Each project listed below should propose at least one short contribution in relation with its project plan.
Expected contributions:

OSIRIS: general architecture encompassing EO and in-situ, HAP,

SANY: sensorweb enablement; standards

WINSOC: advanced architecture, self healing self reconfiguring networks

DEWS: Tsunami detectors

WARMER: water monitoring networks

INTERRISK: marine sensors

EU-FIRE: acoustic sensor networks

SCIER: sensor fusion

STARRS: sensor for search and rescue operation

Dyvine: optical sensor video

The workshop will be organised in panel discussions followed by a round table
Discussion 1: Sensors and sensors integration (9:30-11:00)
-Architectures: OSIRIS
-Automated applications
-Sensor web: SANY
-R&D and Standards: INSPIRE,…
-Transition technologies: ad hoc networks, proxy sensors: INTERRISK
Discussion 2: Implementation (11:15-13:00)
-High Altitude
-Examples (Tsunami, Nuclear, Oceanography, Air/Water Pollution)
Discussion 3: Integration of in-situ and EO sensors: (14:15-16:00)
-Cooperating EO sensors (i.e; INDRA Study, GIN, SSF Study)
-Mapping the in-situ communities: EEA, EIONET,?ñ
-Meteorology and air pollution, Meteorology and oceanography: Eumetnet,..
-Other applications: water management, risk management,…:
Fast Track: (In-Situ component, data sets,…)
GMES services: (i.e; Respond, Geoland?ñ)
-National and regional programmes
ROUND TABLE: ?ÆTechnology Roadmap: what??s next?Æ: (16:00-17:30)

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