Pilot5 | EO-based surveillance of mercury pollution

Pilot5 | EO-based surveillance of mercury pollution

Mercury is a pollutant of global concern due its potential impact on human health and the environment. It is released to the atmosphere form a number of anthropogenic and natural sources and deposits to oceans and terrestrial ecosystems affecting the food chain and ultimately human health. Considering their pathways of exposure for people, surveillance of humans and the environment is necessary. Current effort at European level is aimed to develop a Transnational Environmental Observation System in Support of European & International Policies through the Integration of real-time monitoring data from various platforms, modelling tools and advanced global cyber-infrastructure for data sharing and interoperability. EC is also supporting the activity of the Expert Group on Effectiveness Evaluation of the Minamata Convention for which the Showcase Coordinator has been nominated as European Representative.

/ Objectives
  • To link and benefit from the activity of two ERA-PLANET projects, namely iGOSP (www.igosp.eu) and iCUPE (www.atm.helsinki.fi/icupe/index.php).
  • To develop new web services for reporting information, as for example atmospheric Hg concentrations in different World regions, mercury’ exchange fluxes between different environmental compartments (e.g. soil, oceans), as well as Hg bioaccumulation in biota.
  • To make use of advanced technologies in the field of EO as demonstrator on how massive datasets could be translated into knowledge and actions.
  • To provide advanced tools to assess the effectiveness evaluation of measures undertaken by nations to achieve the targets set by COP (Conference of Parties) of the Minamata Convention on mercury.
/ Partners

VITO, IIASA, I-BEC, TAU, DWD

/ Key Users

Farmers, Agri-consultants, Policy Makers, Agricultural Cooperatives (Green farm), Industry (Verduyn)

/ Key Datasets

GOS4M databases (AWSB), multispectral high resolution images (A), Sentinels satellite imagery (A)

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