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Geohazards Community Online Questionnaire

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Today we are opening an online survey to involve more parties from research, industry, administration and government authorities in the evolution of the Geohazards Thematic Exploitation Platform (GEP) services.

GEP is an R&D activity developing a new ground segment operations approach, complementary to the traditional operations concept, and demonstrating the benefit of new technologies for large scale processing of EO data. 

The platform is intended to support initially the global geohazards community’s objectives, as defined in the context of the International Forum on Satellite EO and Geohazards, organised by ESA and GEO in Santorini in 2012. In particular, GEP is a follow-on to the SuperSites Exploitation Platform (SSEP), an ESA initiative to support the Geohazards Supersites & Natural Laboratories initiative (GSNL) of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

GEP allows both on-demand processing for specific user needs and systematic processing to address common information needs of the geohazards community as a whole, as well as massive processing on multi-tenant computing resources on the Cloud. Such capacities will address the challenges of monitoring tectonic areas on a global basis, and of studying a range of geohazards. To exploit the geo-information generated using the Platform, GEP leverages open APIs for the integration of interactive processing and post-processing services.

The Platform follows a model for partnership and community building that is user driven. Fundamentally the current solution has been designed from working on user requirements from the GEO initiative on Geohazards Supersites and the CEOS Working Group on Disasters, with its Seismic Pilot involving a range of expert users such as for example the University of Leeds for UK’s COMET, ISTerre for the french Formater network, the italian Istituto Nazionale Geofisica & Vulcanologia, UNVACO, or NASA/JPL and University of Miami in the USA.

The evolution of the current platform into an operational service is following a capacity building process driving the requirements, design and implementation activities. This process includes a mechanism to gather user needs in liaison with the following types of organisation: 

  • Geo-science community incl. Universities (PIs) worldwide;
  • Organisations with a national mandate concerning risk assessment (incl. seismological centres);
  • Specialists of geohazard risks in other sectors (pre-commercial research affecting insurance/reinsurance sector, civil engineering companies, energy, etc.);
  • National & regional civil protection agencies and national & local authorities with a risk management mandate (potentially for both prevention/preparedness and response).

This process allows the GEP consortium to design functionalities able to meet prioritized user needs in view of efficient and cost effective operations. 

The programme of work covering the period 2016­-2017 will pursue activities with the Platform’s early adopters and will evolve the 16 processing applications currently available to exploit conventional and advanced InSAR processing for precise motion monitoring. The activity will develop six Pilot projects to demonstrate the potential of federated processing of EO data on the Cloud: a new pilot on photogrammetric processing using optical EO data with Univ. Strasbourg (France), the integration of optical based processing method for volcanic hazard monitoring with INGV (Italy), a pilot on terrain motion surveillance with CNR-­IREA (Italy), the systematic processing of Sentinel­-1 interferometric quick looks with DLR (Germany), the integration of a PSinSAR chain for precise terrain motion mapping with Altamira Information (Spain) and an exercise with the Corinth Rift Laboratory to test and exploit the platform processors and services to support geohazards science in this seismic part of Greece. In this course, the GEP will expand its overall user base to gradually reach a total of 60+ registered user applications in 2017.

This growing user community is a key aspect for the GEP consortium so we have created an online questionnaire to involve more parties from research, industry, administration and government authorities in the evolution of the platform’s services.

You have now the opportunity to contribute your needs and expectations in terms of functionality enhancements, use scenarios, services portfolio, data provisioning and concrete benefits for the GEP users.

The online survey is structured in 5 parts, and on average, it will take only 10 minutes to complete:

  1. About you
  2. Your thematic interests and current practices
  3. You as a geohazards platform user
  4. Your objectives with EO data [ incl. a branch for SAR experts ]
  5. Finally, your vision of a research community platform

You can access the survey by following this link:

GEP Community Survey online questionnaire

It will be open from the 1st to 21st of March, 2016.

For any queries about GEP or this questionnaire, please contact us at
geohazards-tep@esa.int

Report of the User Consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & new satellite EO methods

On 27th November 2015 ESA hosted a User Consultation on Disaster Risk Reduction using new satellite EO methods jointly organised by e-GEOS and ALTAMIRA INFORMATION in the framework of the General Studies Programme (GSP) led by the European Space Agency. These studies are looking at new Earth Observation (EO) methods & new ICT technologies to improve the understanding and management of natural hazards.

The primary objectives of the event were to better understand geo-information requirements about Disaster Risk Reduction, share ideas about new methods and new underlying technologies to exploit satellite EO for hazard and risk mapping and identify issues for which innovative techniques could be tried in the themes: landslides, earthquakes, flooding & volcanoes.

A total number of more than 40 participants belonging to more than 20 different public or private organizations from 10 different countries and staff from international organisations such as the United Nations joined the event and actively contributed to the working sessions.

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New hazard mapping to demonstrate the contribution of satellite data to DRM in Bhutan and Nepal.

ESA has originated a pilot project in the framework of eoworld2, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and the World Bank, to demonstrate the benefit of satellite EO to support Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Nepal and Bhutan.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan Mountains are the source of 10 major river systems and provide vital ecosystem goods and services to more than 1.4 billion people spanning a range of countries from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal to Pakistan.

The World Bank has numerous on-going projects in the Himalayan mountain region, ranging from agriculture, rural roads, climate change, watershed management. In Nepal and Bhutan it is actively involved since several years in projects related to hydroelectricity and infrastructure planning (roads, dams, agriculture) and makes use of existing national data provided by the involved agencies from both countries.

The pilot is conducted by a Swiss team comprising of MFB-GeoConsulting GmbH, Gamma Remote Sensing AG and SUPSI-IST. Project users include World Bank staff and local users involved with risk management and sustainable development.

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