Integration of Earth Observation data, modelling tools and advanced global cyber-infrastructures to support environmental policy

25 Jan
Atmospheric & Environmental Chemistry Seminar
Nicola Pirrone
Friday, January 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Pierce 100F

Earth Observation through in-situ and satellite observations is of fundamental importance for
improving our understanding of dynamic mechanisms that are driving global changes and
environmental policy development. Earth observation global priorities are primarily addressed to
support the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the Paris Agreement on climate change,
and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This requires advocating for and making
available broad, open Earth observation data and information to support informed decisions and
actions. With reference to the European context, recent political and technological revolutions must
be leveraged to pursue such a demanding goal which include: (a) the Open Science and Open Data
policy in Europe; (b) the European Single Digital Market strategy; (c); the Copernicus programme
digital services; and (d) the Big Data cyber-infrastructure technologies. To support such a
development, the European Union and European agencies (noticeably ESA) have launched
important programs and initiatives, including: Copernicus DIAS (Data and Information Access
Services), the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) cyber-infrastructure, the
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures)
and more recently, ERA-PLANET (The European Network for Observing our Changing Planet) and
EuroGEOSS regional initiatives to contribute to GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of
Systems). The European research program (Horizon2020) has been supporting these actions funding
R&I projects to contribute to realize these infrastructures and services and/or to demonstrate their
effectiveness in different Societal Benefit Areas. All these initiatives and programmes are facing
common challenges dealing with Big Data and heterogeneous information access and
interoperability as well as knowledge generation through Big Data analytics and processing. The aim
of this seminar is to present major achievements of ERA-PLANET with a special emphasis on the
integration of Earth Observation data, modelling tools and advanced global cyber-infrastructure for
data sharing and interoperability to build the Minamata Knowledge Platform.

Speaker Bio: 

 CNR - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, Rende, Italy

Kelvin Bates