EUMETSAT was involved in projects funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), supporting GEOSS
The 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), which ran from 2007 to 2013, was the EU's main instrument for funding research and had a budget of more than EUR 50 billion. FP7 supported research in selected priority areas, the aim being to make, or keep, the EU a world leader in those fields.
EUMETSAT’s participation in FP7 projects contributed directly to two components of the EUMETSAT Strategy.
- Extend the user base for EUMETSAT data, products and services in EUMETSAT Member and Cooperating States and in WMO Members.
- Be an active partner in European and global initiatives of relevance to space-based weather, climate and environmental monitoring.
From 2008, EUMETSAT participated in FP7 activities related to GEONETCast, which brought specific benefits, including:
- new EUMETCast stations procured and installed in Africa and South America;
- new users identified in Africa, South Amercia and Asia;
- new products disseminated through GEONETCast, covering all societal benefit areas defined by the Group on Earth Observations;
- inclusion of Copernicus and third party operational marine data in EUMETCast, enlarging EUMETSAT’s position in operational oceanography;
- improved visibility of GEO and the GEONETCast initiative.
EUMETSAT also participated in FP7 activities in the field of climate (ERA-CLIM, ERA-CLIM2, CORE-CLIMAX, QA4ECV). These projects supported, accelerated and strengthened activities complementing those funded through EUMETSAT budgets. These activities were implemented in a coordinated European context in close cooperation with other European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI) partners. They also constituted a significant part of the activities proposed in the EUMETSAT Climate Monitoring Implementation Plan.
AFRICAN-EUROPEAN GEORESOURCES OBSERVATION SYSTEM (AEGOS)
The AEGOS project was led by the Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France, (BRGM) and funded by the European Commission (EC). It was a support action of the FP7, running from December 2008 to November 2011.
The AEGOS project aimed at setting up the preparatory phase for the building of an information system containing and making accessible data and knowledge on African geological resources, including mineral resources, raw materials, groundwater and energy (georesources).
EUMETSAT’s main task in the AEGOS project was to broadcast to Africa, through GEONETCast, geophysical-related data produced and/or used by the AEGOS project.
The first dissemination of the AEGOS products took place as part of the 9th EUMETSAT User Forum in Africa held in Burkina Faso in September-October 2010. The dissemination was then pursued until March 2011. The AEGOS products consisted of two sets of files sent through EUMETCast.
During the dissemination period, the data were regularly retrieved in Africa using existing EUMETCast stations (AMESD or PUMA), thanks to cooperation. This trial was conclusive and the AEGOS partners are considering re-using this dissemination channel in the framework of future projects.
For more information, please visit theAEGOS project website.
ASSESSMENT OF ICT FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT IN AFRICA (AÏDA)
This two-year project was coordinated by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), which led a consortium of eight beneficiaries (four from Africa, four from Europe). The project finished at the end of 2009.
The AÏDA project aimed to acquire and share knowledge about affordable information and communication technology (ICT) solutions to support disaster risk management in Africa and to disseminate this knowledge and best practice amongst all stakeholders across different hazard communities.
EUMETSAT’s main task in the AÏDA project was to broadcast, through GEONETCast, fire-related data produced by the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the Forest Fire Association (FFA) in South Africa. EUMETSAT led Work Package 4 (WP4), which aimed at demonstrating the usefulness of GEONETCast as a contributing system to an overall alert system, through a test-case involving the CSIR and the FFA.
For more information, please visit theAIDA project website.
The DevCoCast project was funded by the FP7 and coordinated by VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Belgium), which led a consortium of 19 beneficiaries (five from Africa, seven from South America and eight from Europe). The project started in May 2008 and finished in September 2011. The DevCoCast project aimed to involve developing countries in the GEONETCast initiative and to set up a strong user and provider base.
The DevCoCast project disseminated existing environmental added-value data (in-situ as well as satellite-based) from various sources in Africa, South and Central America, Asia and Europe via GEONETCast to a broad range of end-users in developing countries. A major focus was capacity building, which included training, user support, networking, and outreach.
The ultimate ambition was to introduce and embed the GEONETCast data in various local and national planning and decision-making processes in a systematic manner.
EUMETSAT’s main task in the DevCoCast project was to broadcast to certain developing countries data produced or managed by the various partners of the projects. EUMETSAT used EUMETCast and activated the GEONETCast network for this broadcast. EUMETSAT also supported the installation of new GEONETCast stations by providing advice and remote support to users when necessary. It contributed also to capacity-building activities.
To find out more, please visit theDevCoCast project website.
The EAMNet project was funded by the FP7 under the Space - International Cooperation theme. It started in March 2010 and ended in July 2013 and was coordinated by the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK, which led a consortium of 10 beneficiaries from Africa and Europe.
EAMNet aimed to construct a network linking Earth observation (EO) information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations for sustainable development in Africa. The network undertook capacity building and maintenance and built on existing infrastructure and expertise in Africa. The overall aim was to improve the use of EO data for coastal and ocean monitoring towards an Africa-wide observation system (GOOS-Africa). EAMNET provided an interface between European Copernicus (formerly GMES)-related core and downstream services and R&D projects (notably MyOcean) and African initiatives (e.g. AMESD) with the emerging GMES-Africa initiative. It also provided further links with GEO through the use of GEONETCast..
EUMETSAT’s main role in the EAMNet project was to disseminate additional marine-related data to Africa, to provide users with support to set up GEONETCast stations, to monitor data transmissions via EUMETCast, to contribute to the 3-monthly newsletter and to the EU-AU action plan for GMES Africa, and to represent EAMNet at GEONETCast demonstration events.
For more information, please visit theEAMNet website.
The ERA-CLIM project was partially funded by the European Commission FP7. The 3-year project started in 2011 and was coordinated by the ECMWF, which led a consortium of nine beneficiaries. EUMETSAT was one of the beneficiaries. ERA-CLIM developed observational datasets suitable for global climate studies, with a focus on the past 100 years. These datasets included atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial observations from a variety of sources, high-resolution global reanalysis products of the observations, and associated data quality information needed for climate applications.
As part of the ERA-CLIM project, EUMETSAT delivered reprocessed AMV and CSR products from Meteosat-8 and Meteosat-9 for the period January 2004 to the present, with documentation, reprocessed AMV and CSR products from Meteosat-2 to Meteosat-7 for the period May 1982 to the present, with documentation, reprocessed AMV products from Metop AVHRR for the period January 2007 to the present, with documentation, reprocessed radio-occultation data from CHAMP, GRACE, COSMIC and GRAS for the period September 2001 to the present, with documentation and reprocessed total ozone products from GOME-2 and IASI for the period July 2006 to the present, with documentation.
For more information, please visit theERA-CLIM project website
ERA-CLIM2 was a collaborative project (2014-2016) funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme. It was coordinated by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and operated by a 16-member consortium. The core objective of the ERA-CLIM2 project was to apply and extend the current global reanalysis capability in Europe, in order to meet the challenging requirements for climate monitoring, climate research, and the development of climate services.
ERA-CLIM2 was the follow-on project which made use of, strengthened and consolidated the work begun in ERA-CLIM. This project aimed to achieve a considerable expansion of scope from the atmospheric and landsurface domains to include coupling with other major components of the climate system.
EUMETSAT supported this project by reprocessing instrument data records at level 1 for input into the reanalysis. The project made EUMETSAT’s climate data accessible to a broader range of users, which is in line with the organisation’s strategic goal of expanding the user base.
For more information, please visit theERA-CLIM2 project website.
The European GEOSS Network (EUGENE) project was funded by the FP7 as part of the European contribution to GEO. The project was led by Deutsches Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) from 2009 to 2011. The main objective of the EUGENE project was to foster collaboration between pan-European organisations in the field of Earth observation and to strengthen the coordination of national and regional programmes and organisations in their work for GEO. EUGENE proposed a structured European GEO approach for three GEO societal benefit areas: water, climate and disasters.
EUMETSAT took a leading role in the EUGENE activities dedicated to climate, which aimed to analyse the contribution of different actors in the field of climate monitoring and related issues in Europe. EUMETSAT’s contribution to the EUGENE project was concentrated in the first year, during which the “EUGENE Climate Status Quo Report” was produced. It addressed the existing status of European climate capabilities and capacity (with a focus on observations and modelling); international coordination and cooperation; and strengths, gaps, challenges and opportunities.
EUGENE outcomes served as inputs to the Helsinki conference “GMES and Climate Change” in June 2011, and were taken into account by the European Commission in defining and planning for the Copernicus climate services.
For more information, please visit theEUGENE website.
GMES-PURE (GMES – Partnership for User Requirements Evaluation) was an FP7 coordination and support action, which ran from January 2013 to December 2014. The project was coordinated by EUMETSAT and had as partners the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory of the UK Science & Technical Facilities Council, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and EuroGOOS (European Global Ocean Observing System) represented by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and the Danish Meteorological Institute.
GMES-PURE supported the European Commission in defining a generic process model for the involvement of users in the definition and evolution of Copernicus requirements, driving the evolution of the Copernicus monitoring services and the next generation of the Copernicus space component.
This process was specifically applied in the domains of atmosphere and marine environment monitoring. Working in close coordination with existing service providers, the project established a requirements framework providing evolving user requirements, service specifications, service data and technical requirements for the space infrastructure, as well as traceability between the requirements at different levels.
A brochure summarising the project can be foundhere.
All requirements can be retrieved in a zip filehere.
Further information about the project can be found on the EC CORDIS pagehere.
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The project was coordinated by the BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France), which led a consortium of 15 beneficiaries (11 from Europe, two from Africa and two from Asia). The objective of this 48-month project was to develop integrated tools and cost-effective methodologies to mitigate risks from various hazards on active volcanoes (vulnerability and resilience assessment, prevention and crisis management).
A significant feature of the MIA-VITA project was that it tackled different scales of risk management and covered a wide range of stakeholders. It aimed to assess volcanic risk and to provide management data at territorial, exposed-element and community scales. It further involved local scientists, local authorities, local communities and local people.
The involvement in the project of two of the main European civil agencies ensured that scientific results were transposed into practical applications. The target sites were volcanoes located in International Cooperation Partner Countries (ICPCs): Mount Cameroon (Cameroon), Fogo (Cape Verde), Merapi and Kelut (Indonesia), Kanlaon (Philippines) as well as Soufriere Hills Volcano (Montserrat).
EUMETSAT’s main task in the MIA-VITA project was to broadcast Earth observation data and information products (bulletins, maps) produced and/or used and furnished by the MIA-VITA project to the regions of targeted volcanoes, through GEONETCast.
For more information, visit theMIA VITA project website.