The EuroGEO Coordination Group has clustered the Expressions of Intent received under the 2018 call (see further) to form 9 EuroGEO Action Groups, which were launched on 12 September 2018 during the 2018 EuroGEO workshop.

These 9 Action Groups (working title) are:

  • Applications for Agriculture/Food - 9 Expressions of Intent
  • Applications for general Land use/land coverage - 8 Expressions of Intent
  • Urban applications (including urban air quality and urban health) - 4 Expressions of Intent
  • Applications for Disaster Resilience - 7 Expressions of Intent
  • Applications for Biodiversity & Ecosystems - 6 Expressions of Intent
  • Marine applications - 3 Expressions of Intent
  • Applications for Climate - 3 Expressions of Intent
  • Applications for Atmosphere - 3 Expressions of Intent
  • Applications for Energy - 5 Expressions of Intent

The EuroGEO Disaster Resilience Action Group is leading by ΒΕΥΟΝΔ/ΝΟΑ ΑΝΔ includes the following 7 Expressions of Intent:

1)      Earth Observation for Disaster-Resilient Societies (EO4DisasteRS), led by IAASARS/NOA, under my coordination. The focus is on flash floοd mapping at large scale (city level) and creation of operational awareness pictures for crisis management in real time by assimilating in flash flood models multiple sources of data including mostly satellite data (Sentinel), in-situ sensors, and crowdsourced data. You can see our progress so far in the video that we presented in the GEO Week 2019 in Canberra.

2)      Disaster Resilience Showcase under the EU H2020 e-shape project, led by IAASARS/NOA, under my coordination, including the following 4 pilots:

Pilot 6.1: EO4D_ASH - EO Data for Detection, Discrimination & Distribution (4D) of Volcanic ash led by CNR, strengthening the EO and in-situ data exploitation and multi-source (satellite, remotely sensed, crowd, and ground-based network) data integration to derive innovation for ash discrimination and monitoring

Pilot 6.2: GEOSS for Disasters in Urban Environment led by CIMA, using available in situ authoritative weather stations, existing citizen scientist weather stations, observations, low-cost sensors, to deploy an hydrometeorological forecasting system for high-impact weather events, such as flash-flood, wind storms, hail storms, lightning storms, peri urban fires.

Pilot 6.3: Assessing Geo-hazard vulnerability of Cities & Critical Infrastructures led by IGME, based on Sentinel 1A/B image processing and in situ data (GNSS station, geological and Geohazard layers as well as urban layers and pipeline network layers).

Pilot 6.4: ReSAgri - Resilient & Sustainable ecosystems including Agriculture & food led by NOA, providing services to insurance companies and farmers’ associations such as risk and damage assessment, adverse selection (underwriting), high-level monitoring, and early warning for perils in agriculture.

3)      Satellite Earth Observation-derived water bodies and floodwater record over Europe, led by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). This is one of the pilots of the Water Resources Management showcase of the EU H2020 e-shape project: Pilot 5.2.

4)      Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), led by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). You can visit the website.

5)      NextGEOSS – Enhanced landslide risk assessment framework, led by the IAASARS/NOA based on InSar data assimilated in landslide models. This is one of the pilots of the EU H2020 NextGEOSS project. You can find more info on the website and watch our webinar.

6)      Multi-scale Change Detection for Space and Security, led by the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) This is another pilot of the EU H2020 NextGEOSS project. You can find more info on the website.

7)      Strengthen multilevel governance in natural hazards and disaster management, led by the Multi-hazards Functional Centre of the Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Calabria.