The Environment Sector focuses on the design and implementation of information architectures, oriented towards the seamless geospatial data distribution and execution of distributed geospatial processes. The current research topics are related to the use of Earth Observation Data for wildlife monitoring; improving operational agriculture monitoring based on information derived from Copernicus satellite observation data; provision of modelling and analytics tools for Copernicus data; measure planning and decision support for climate change adaptation; geographic information for Open Data and Big Data; and driving innovation in Crisis Management.
Through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, the Environment Sector is working towards addressing current and potential challenges, related to:
- Earth Observation and Security by extending this activity through the provision of inputs to the Copernicus and GEOSS initiatives.
- Multiple Risk Management by extending the achievements reached in the FP6 project ORCHESTRA and FP7 project DEWS to multiple risks and emergency domains, such as the early warning for tsunamis, biodiversity, cultural heritage, agriculture, and many others.
- Observation Web with associated environmental enablers for the Future Internet, leveraged by the work done in the Environmental Usage Area within the Future Internet PPP programme.
- Be a reference partner for the Public Administration in the developments needed to adopt the INSPIRE directive.
With the main goal of promoting the adoption of emerging geospatial technologies, and with a strong relationship with the Geospatial Information Research Line, that provides the technical and thematic knowledge in this domain, the Environment Sector looks for:
- Integration of in-situ & EO observations from environmental sensors
- Use of large array databases (i.e. Rasdaman) for the massive storage and analysis of raster-based information (e.g. satellite imagery)
- Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for accessing and processing geospatial information
- Expertise on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards such as WMS, WFS, WPS, WCS, SWE…
- Implementation of geographical independent decision support and alerting systems (e.g. for the prevention of disasters)