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ERA-PLANET Joint Transnational Call (STEP-2) is Open

ERA-PLANET, “the European Network for Observing our Changing Planet” is a network of 36 partner organizations from 14 European countries and one associated country aiming at strengthening the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation in coherence with the European participation to Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the Copernicus programme.


ERA-PLANET promotes the use of tools and technologies to make better decisions based on data from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).


The ERA-PLANET Call is based on a two-step selection process and aims to select and fund the best innovative and competitive projects in relation to four thematic areas:

  • Smart cities and Resilient societies
  • Resource efficiency and Environmental management
  • Global changes and Environmental treaties
  • Polar areas and Natural resources  





Start Date of the Trans-national Call (Step-2)

20 January 2017

Closing date for submission of Step-2 proposals

20 May 2017

Closing date for submission of fund requests to MIUR
(Only for Italian beneficiaries)

20 May 2017

Communication of final results

30 June 2017

Start of the projects

1 September 2017

Mid-term report

15 January 2019

End of projects

30 June 2020

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Il 20/10/2016 il satellite Sentinel-3A di Copernicus ha fatto un altro passo Avanti verso la piena operatività: I primi dati dal suo strumento “Ocean and Land Colour” sono stati resi disponibili per il monitoraggio dello stato di salute del nostro pianeta.


Disegnato per misurare oceani, terra, ghiaccio e atmosfera allo scopo di monitorare la dinamica globale a larga scala e di fornire informazioni critiche in tempo quasi reale per diverse applicazioni (oceano, terra e clima), Sentinel-3A, con la sua suite di strumenti, è il più complesso delle Sentinelle Copernicus.

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SeaSonde radar

Il primo Sistema Radar ad Alta Frequenza in Africa è operativo. Chiamato SeaSonde, il sistema ha due stazioni, a Casablanca e Temara; complessivamente, nel mondo, sono attivi 600 radar ad alta frequenza, di cui 60 in Europa.


Il sistema, messo a punto dalla Direction de la Météorologie Nationale del Marocco, fornirà informazioni continue e accurate sul tempo e il clima marino; in particolare, produrrà una mappa oraria delle correnti con una copertura maggiore di 10.000km2.



The first High Frequency radar system in Africa is operational. Named SeaSonde, the system has two stations, one in Casablanca and one in Temara. There are 600 high frequency radars in the world – 150 in the US, 60 in Europe – and these are the first two in Africa.


The Direction de la Météorologie Nationale, a public service part of the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco set up the system to providing accurate and continuous marine weather and climate information.


SeaSonde produces an hourly currents vector map with coverage larger than 10,000 km2; as well as half hourly significant wave height time series in each radar station with a range of up to 200km from the coast.


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Geospatial Information

Lo studio “Geospatial Information, Key to Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – commissionato da DigitalGlobe e prodotto da Geospatial Media & Communications, col supporto di GEO e UNGGIM – inquadra gli attuali contesti di Osservazione della Terra e applicazioni Geospaziali nei “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) adottati dalle Nazioni Unite, identificando i gap critici.

In September 2015, when the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world by 2030, it was termed as a grand plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.

With an integrated and indivisible global agenda, the SDGs present a new coherent way of thought and action on issues as diverse as poverty, education and climate change to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental.

The current study – Geospatial Information, Key to Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – commissioned by DigitalGlobe and produced by Geospatial Media & Communications, supported by knowledge partners GEO and UNGGIM – makes an overarching assessment of the significance of Earth observation and geospatial data in supporting a wide range of indicators and targets of the Agenda 2030.

The paper presents some of the existing Earth observation and geospatial frameworks available globally, and identifies critical gaps in need of attention. The study gives a historic perspective from a sustainable development standpoint and makes a keen assessment of the prospective sustainable development sectors in identified countries.

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AGU Fall Meeting

AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting fa incontrare l’intera comunità scientifica della Terra e dello Spazio, con la discussione di tematiche emergenti e della ricerca più recente.


Con circa 24000 partecipanti, 1700 sessioni, più di 20000 presentazioni nel 2015, AGU Fall Meeting è il più grande meeting di scienza della Terra e dello Spazio al mondo.


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ERA-PLANET promuove l’uso di strumenti e tecnologie per prendere decisioni Migliori basate sui dati GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems).


Questa “transnational call” per progetti collaborative è aperta ai membri di ERA-PLANET.


E’ articolata in una selezione “two-step” per scegliere le proposte più innovative e competitive su Quattro temi specifici: Smart cities and resilient societies, Resource efficiency and Environmental management, Global changes and Environmental treaties, Polar areas and Natural resources.

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Giornata Mondiale dell’Ambiente

Per la Giornata Mondiale dell’Ambiente, GEO, in collaborazione con l’International Innovation Magazine, seleziona una serie di immagini satellitari per la valutazione dei cambiamenti climatici.


Le Immagini presentate provengono da satelliti che possono monitorare cambiamenti nella copertura del suolo (es. foreste, campi coltivati, pascoli e superfici acquifere) e cambiamenti nelle strutture artificiali, come strade e edifici. Sono incluse anche immagini spettrali, che danno agli scienziati una visione chiara di informazioni di dettaglio, inclusa la variazione di frazioni di grado di temperatura.

For World Environment Day, 2016, GEO highlights a selection of satellite images to assess environmental change with International Innovation Magazine

To effectively protect our environment, we need to better understand the planet’s natural system so that we can sustain ecosystems and maintain biodiversity. With global warming leading to ever increasing negative impacts – such as droughts, floods and a growing strain on natural resources – it is more important than ever before to take collective action across national boundaries.


In this era of exponential data growth, the means to better manage resources are within reach. For the first time in history, plentiful, detailed information is abundant – thanks to the free availability of satellite data through the EU Copernicus, US Landsat and other national programmes.

The images presented here are from satellites that can map changes in land cover (eg. forests, crops, grassland and water surfaces) and artificial cover, like roads and buildings in cities. It also includes spectral imaging, which gives scientists a clear view of minute details, including fractions of a degree of temperature change.

Satellite data, combined with other Earth observations, provide enough information to assess the situation today and model what may lie in store. This huge monitoring capacity requires robust systems to discover and access the data required to draw conclusions and make predictions.


International cooperation built through the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has increased open data sharing so that all relevant data can ultimately be discovered and accessed by scientists, government officials and other decision makers. By combing data over time, or by comparing data from different sources, intelligent decisions can be made about the impact of climate change on land, water, wildlife and ecosystems.


No country can solve these problems alone. GEO membership includes 102 member governments and 95 participating organisations comprising international bodies with a mandate in Earth observations. Together, the GEO community is creating a GEO System of Systems (GEOSS) that will link Earth observation resources worldwide across multiple Societal Benefit Areas and make those resources available for informed decision making.



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