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The European Network for Observing Our Changing Planet (ERA-PLANET) Consortium will held a Side-Event
at the GEO WEEK 2018 in Kyoto, Japan on 30 October 2018.
In the last decade asignificant number of projects and programmes in different domains of environmental monitoring and Earth observation have generated a substantial amount of data and knowledge on different aspects related to environmental quality and sustainability. Big data generated by in-situ or satellite platforms are being collected and archived with a plethora of systems and instruments making difficult the sharing of data and knowledge to stakeholders and policy makers for supporting key economic and societal sectors. The overarching goal of ERA-PLANET is to strengthen the European Research Area in the domain of Earth Observation in coherence with the European participation to Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and the Copernicus.
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GEO Week 2018 is a relevant event, organized by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations for the benefit of society, that will be held in the Kyoto International Conference Center (ICC Kyoto) – Japan, from 29 October to 2 November 2018.


The GEO Week 2018 and the GEO-XV Plenary are going to gather GEO’s 105 Member governments and 127 Participating Organizations, including the delegation of Italian representatives, to explore efforts and opportunities for the use of Earth observations for the benefit of humankind, focusing on GEO’s three priority areas:


– the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
– the Paris Climate Agreement
– and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



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11th International Symposium on digital Earth – ISDE 11

About the Symposium:

The Florence Division of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA) is pleased to invite you to the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE 11), from the 24th to the 27th of September 2019, in Florence (Italy). The choice of the Renaissance city, as the meeting venue, was not accidental but the natural frame to debate the challenging Symposium theme: “Digital Earth in a Transformed Society“. The meeting will celebrate the completion of the first 20 years of the International Symposium on Digital Earth (held first in 1999 in Beijing), and provide the first opportunity to introduce and discuss the future role of Digital Earth in a changing World -considering the Digital Transformation that effects our entire Society.




Call for Abstracts

The Symposium will be a great opportunity to attract the European scientific and industrial communities working on Digital Earth technologies and applications, potentially increasing their involvement in the Digital Earth vision elaboration and realization.

Submission Deadline: January 31ST, 2019


Call for Special Sessions

You take an active part in organizing the scientific programme of the 11th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE 11) by suggesting special sessions on selected topics until Sept. 15th, 2018. A Special Session should focus on a specific topic of interest but not limited to the general interdisciplinary themes identified by the ISDE11 SPC and below listed.

Submission Deadline: SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019



Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors

The ISDE 11 Symposium offers an outstanding opportunity for exhibitors and sponsors to maximize their visibility within a very large scientific and industrial community working on Digital Earth technologies and applications, potentially increasing their involvement in the Digital Earth vision elaboration and realization.

We welcome sponsorship applications from all organisations with an interest in advancing excellence in this field.



President of International Society for Digital Earth

Huadong Guo (RADI – CAS)

Chair of the Scientific Program Committee (SPC)

Stefano Nativi (JRC/CNR-IIA)



Symposium Manager

Paolo Mazzetti (CNR-IIA)


Scientific Secretariat

Maria A. Liberti (CNR-IIA



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ERA-PLANET Kick-Off meeting of the four funded projects

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, coordinated by the CNR-IIA, 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.

The Network 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, based on a two-step process, has selected the four best innovative and competitive projects namely SMURBS, GEO Essential, IGOSP and iCUPE.

The Kick-Off meeting of the four projects, funded under ERA-PLANET, will be held in Rome at the CNR Headquarter for the first two days (9-10 October) and for the third day (11 October) the meeting will move to Montelibretti research area in the North of Rome as indicated in the agenda details.


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Preliminary Agenda

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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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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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