Geospatial technologies that support the development of distributed geo-spatial processes
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Jose Lorenzo MonHead of Sector


The Environment sector covers research and innovation for environment, and focuses its activity on the design and implementation of information architectures, oriented towards the seamless geospatial data distribution and execution of distributed geospatial processes, to improve Natural Risk Management.

Since 1999, the team has developed a large number of consultancy and research projects dealing with the use of the current geographical information standards and linked in many cases with the European Policy Initiatives in this field (e.g. INSPIRE).


Our main goal is to promote the adoption of emerging geospatial technologies that support the development of distributed geo-spatial processes. Therefore, the Environment sector is strongly linked to the Geospatial Information Research Line, where an important part of the technological activities are developed.

Main Activities: 
  • Research and development activities dealing with environmental challenges. This is mainly done through the active participation in market-driven R&D projects with geospatial technologies.
  • Integration of in-situ & EO observations from environmental sensors.
  • Expertise on OGC standards (WMS, WFS, WPS, WCS, SWE…).
  • Implementation of geographical independent decision support and alerting systems for the prevention of disasters.
  • Elaboration of business plans for the exploitation of research project results, oriented to the environment sector.
  • Earth Observation and Security. Extend the activity to Earth Observation and Security through the provision of inputs to the Copernicus and GEOSS initiatives.
  • Multiple Risk Management. Extend the achievements reached in the FP6 project ORCHESTRA to multiple risk and emergency domains like early warning and tsunamis in FP7 project DEWS, biodiversity, cultural heritage, agriculture and many other domains.
  • Observation Web. The research challenge to realize the Observation Web and the associated environmental enablers for the Future Internet leveraged by the work done in the Environmental Usage Area within the Future Internet PPP program of the European Commission.
  • INSPIRE adoption. To be a reference partner for the Public Administration in the developments needed to adopt the INSPIRE directive.
Current Research Topics and Findings: 
  • Research use of Earth Observation Data for wildlife monitoring
  • Creation of value from Copernicus data through the provisioning of modelling and analytics tools
  • Climate change adaptation measure planning and decision support
  • Secondary raw materials inventory
  • Open Data and Big Data building on geographic information
  • Driving innovation in crisis management



Intermodal mobility solutions, interfaces and applications for people and goods
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H2020, MG

Design, development and testing of a platform optimizing multimodal door-to-door transport of passengers and goods, supported by an innovative communication network.


Copernicus Access Platform Intermediate Layers Small Scale Demonstrator
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Creation of value from Copernicus data through the provisioning of modelling and analytics tools.


Integrated climate adaptation service tools for improving resilience measure efficiency
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Exploiting/demonstrating the added value of climate services for climate-proofing of vulnerable urban and transport infrastructure.


Data-Driven Bioeconomy
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Big Data PPP Large Scale Pilot focusing on the production of best possible raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture.


Bringing together the Knowledge for Better Agriculture Monitoring
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Evolution of the European capacity for improving operational agriculture monitoring, based on information from Copernicus satellite data, and through the exploitation of associated geospatial services.


Platform for wildlife monitoring integrating Copernicus and ARGOS data
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Service platform and Toolbox for European Sentinel Copernicus Earth Observation data use for biologists, ecologists, scientists and ornithologists.


European e-Infrastructure for extreme data analytics in sustainable development
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Enabling users to fully benefit from underlying High Processing capacities to explore new methods, build new innovative services, perform predictions and simulations with extremely large and heterogeneous datasets.


Smart data collection to enhance availability and accessibility of data on secondary raw materials
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H2020, WASTE

Fostering of resource recovery in landfills by improving the availability and accessibility of data and information on Secondary Raw Materials (SRM) in the EU.