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Integrating in-situ monitoring and earth observation in the framework of GMES and GEOSS Symposium: Brussels, 31st May 2007

Earth Observation is at a turning point world wide. The awareness of the risks inherent to an uncontrolled development of human activities has led to environmental protocols and to the setup of new partnership, such as Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), to develop synergies between available capabilities internationally or the European GMES initiative (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security).

GMES has already gathered substantial momentum through the actions of the European Union and European Space Agencies and through the wide ranging participation of European industry. Indeed European Remote Sensing companies have all the competence and experience needed for a successful GMES. This encompasses in-situ, airborne and spaceborne sensor deployment, ground infrastructures and data processing, value added data production and interpretation, extending to aid for Environment and Security decision-making.
GMES is a complex undertaking and the process of developing applications for new end users, many of whom may be decision makers or policy makers in the public and private sectors, requires research and/or the integration of multiple sources of data and information. Equally important are the conditions under which data and/or applications are made available to users, requiring that issues such as the timeliness, continuity, and stability of data; reliability of access; viability of data formats and processing; intellectual property rights; and operational cost-effectiveness be addressed satisfactorily. All of these elements come into account for most data access and use techniques, in particular in-situ and remote sensing.
It is by now well recognised that the proper monitoring of our planet will require the joint use of in-situ and remote sensing techniques. While those approaches are operationally very different, they need to be considered together in any serious plan to monitor a site, a region, a country or the Earth as a whole. Unfortunately this synergy is not yet realised, in part because of the different technologies involved and skills required to operate them, in part because of the resilience of traditional working practices, in part also because of arguments linked to training, to the need to implement new tools and models, and to many other aspects.
The objectives of the symposium are:
* first: to bring together experts from the two sides to increase mutual knowledge of their communities
* second: to quickly reassess the importance of in-situ and remote sensing techniques in Global Earth Monitoring
* third: to explore the mechanisms of synergy between in-situ and RS and to evaluate its impact.
* fourth: to foster the development of the synergy at European level.
The presented workshop will be an opportunity to draw on the experience gained through the industry and other stakeholders as European Union and European Space Agencies
Target Audience: Industry, Research centres and Space Agencies, European Union Agencies involved in GMES and GEO representatives.
Format: Round panels for discussion
Venue: May 31st – Brussels, 2007
CCAB, Centre Borschette
Rue Froissart, 36 – 1040
(metro: Schuman / Maelbeek)
-European Commission Information Society Directorate General (DG INFSO)
-EARSC, The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies.
For more information please consult EARSC website in the coming weeks
Welcome (09h00-09h30)
G. Weets (DG INFSO), P. Kamoun (EARSC)
Discussion 1: Sensors network architecture: (09h30-10h30)

Moderator: J. Pereira (EU-DG-INFSO)
Current trends in sensor networks, J. Pereira (DG-INFSO)
Sensor networks interoperability, R. Denzer (SANY)
Open architecture for smart and in-situ sensor networks, D. Tacyniak, S. Jirka (OSIRIS)
Self-organized wireless sensor networks, P. Capodieci (WINSOC)
Data base integration of multiple sensors, W. Van de Weghe (ORACLE)
Coffee Break
Discussion 2: Pilot implementations: (10h45-12h30)
Moderator: K. Fabbri (EU-DG-INFSO)
Sensors for forest fire detection: C.C. Tassini (EU-FIRE)
Sensor networks for tsunami monitoring: J. Wächter (DEWS)
High Altitude Platforms for environmental monitoring and risk management: N. Lewycky (OSIRIS)

Multi-parametric approach to water quality: L. Sanfilippo (WARMER)
Visual sensor integration: P. Chrobocinski (DYVINE)
Lunch Break
Discussion 3: Integration of in-situ and EO sensors: (14h00-15h00)
Moderator: P. Kamoun (EARSC)
Combining EO and in-situ: T. Hamre (INTERRISK)
Sensor Fusion Services: Z.A. Sabeur (SANY)
Cooperating EO sensors: (INDRA, GIM)
Round Table 1: Integration of in-situ and EO sensors: (15h00-16h00)
Moderator: P. Kamoun (EARSC)
Mapping of in-situ communities: C. Steenmans (EEA, EIONET)
Meteorology and air pollution: U. Gartner (Eumetnet)
Integration in mapping: P. Pitteurs (TELEATLAS)
GMES fast track applications: W. Steinborn (GMES Bureau)
Coffee Break
Round table 2: Infrastructure and Policies: (16h15-17h00)
Moderator: M. Monteiro (EU-DG-INFSO)
INSPIRE: H. De Groof, (DG-ENV)
UNSDI: S. D’Elia, (ESA)
UNOSAT: A. Rétière (UN)
Final Round table: ”Technology and Systems Roadmap: what’s next” (17h00-17h30)
Moderator: M. Schoupe (DG-INFSO)