Emerging 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.

The team has developed (since 1999) 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.
  • 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.
  • Climate change adaptation measure planning and decision support.
  • 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.
  • Earth Observation and Security. Extend the activity to Earth Observation and Security through the provision of inputs to the Copernicus and GEOSS initiatives.
  • 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: 
  • Integrated components for assisted rescue and unmanned search operations.
  • Driving innovation in crisis management.
  • Open Data and Big Data building on geographic information.
  • Research use of Copernicus Sentinel Data for wildlife monitoring.
  • Secondary raw materials inventory.



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.


Integrated Climate Adaptation Service Tools for Improving Resilience Measure Efficiency
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Exploiting/demonstrating the added value of climate services: 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 in production of best possible raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture.


Platform for wildlife monitoring integrating Copernicus and ARGOS data
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H2020, SPACE

EO4wildlife aims at building a service platform and Toolbox for European Sentinel Copernicus Earth Observation data use for biologists, ecologists, scientists and ornithologists.


Farm-Oriented Open Data in Europe
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Open and interoperable agricultural specialized platform hub on the cloud for the management of spatial and non-spatial data relevant for farming production.


Holistic Human Factors and Systems Design of Adaptive Cooperative Human-Machine Systems
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Development and qualification of Adaptive Cooperative Human-Machine Systems (AdCoS) where many humans and machines act together, cooperatively, in a highly adaptive way.


Integrated Components for Assisted Rescue and Unmanned Search operations
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Development of robotic tools (unmanned Search and Rescue devices) for detecting, locating and rescuing humans.


SMART data collection and inteGRation platform to enhance availability and accessibility of data and infOrmation in the EU territory 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.