June 2021

This fifth edition of the newsletter appears as e-shape blows up its second candle. We are now half way of our journey and much have happened and this is why this newsletter can be read as a travel book towards a user-driven era and towards EuroGEO.

In this new edition, you will be able to discover a new service, a series of publications, a few insights from our sustainability booster and news from our activity.

As you already know, we have five new pilots in e-shape and since we haven’t reached the end of our journey, we hope to onboard 5 more pilots. The new 2021 onboarding process has been launched on June 7th and you are invited to submit your proposal before September 3rd through e-shape helpdesk. A dedicated presentation of this onboarding process will be done to the Copernicus Academies and Relays in June 24th.

We will have also the pleasure to interact with you in the next GEO Work Plan symposium and during IGARSS 21 through dedicated sessions. Feel free to join us and we will reply to your queries.

In September, e-shape will also be part of the EuroGEO 2021 workshop demonstrating all the progress achieved since last year. We hope that you will be able to participate and talk about the future of EuroGEO.

Enjoy your reading and do not hesitate to contact us.

Our news

Second call for EO-based products 2021

e-shape launched the second and last Call for EO-based products 2021 on June 7th to onboard new partners in the e-shape consortium and expand the EuroGEO community. 

The Call for EO-based products 2021 addresses Earth Observation-based products contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement or Sendai Framework. Eligible entities have the unique opportunity to become a new project partner contributing to one of the 7 e-shape showcases targeting specific community of users (agriculture, health, renewable energy, ecosystem, water, disasters, climate). New e-shape pilots will benefit from a grant of up to EUR 50,000 as well as the e-shape project support including co-design methodologies, deployment support, users’ uptake, capacity building & liaison, sustainability & upscaling, communication, dissemination & Help Desk.
“e-shape is a great opportunity to support EuroGEO within GEO and to showcase the strengths and the tremendous contributions of Europe for and with users”, highlighted Thierry Ranchin, scientific coordinator of e-shape. 

Onboarded partners will pass through an open, fair, and competitive process. On the e-shape website applicants will find under the onboarding page the Guide for Applicants and the Application form. The Call for EO-based products 2020 will close on September 3rd, 2021, at 17:00 CET.

More info here.

e-shape sustainability booster

We are very pleased to invite you to experience the new user-driven e-shape Sustainability Booster website, now live at
What’s new?
  • Improved usability: Navigating through our rich content has never been easier, with an improved site structure and filtering at load times you’ve always dreamed of!
  • Fully integrated: The IP & Innovation Office has launched its full arsenal of information: guidance, stories of IP and innovation, and a database of curated materials
  • Content is king: Expect new insights at higher frequency and in new formats
  • Ready to interact: Reach out to us for on-demand information or support, either through the e-shape Help Desk or directly from the Sustainability Booster website

Discover it today, and become a regular!

e-shape at GEO Symposium 2021

The theme of this year’s symposium is Strengthening inclusive partnerships across the GEO Work Programme (GWP).

The aim of the Symposium is to share successful practices and identify ways to accelerate the delivery of products and solutions to address environmental and societal challenges. The symposium will be held from 21 to 24 June 2021.

Topics covered during the symposium include:
  • EO solutions for the GEO Engagement Priorities including Climate Action, Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Development, and Urban Resilience;
  • EO solutions related to pandemic/epidemic planning, response, and recovery;
  • Technologies and methods for enhancing discovery, access, analysis, and use of data and information, including analysis-ready data, data cubes, and data/knowledge platforms;
  • Approaches for facilitating the equitable collection, sharing, and re-use of EO data, including consideration of data principles and ethics, in situ data, and emerging data sources such as citizen science; and
  • Recent efforts to develop a diverse, inclusive, and supportive GEO community where everyone has the opportunity to participate and benefit.
  • GEO community development, including, engagement with the commercial sector, resource mobilization, communications, and capacity development.
e-shape is participating in several parallel and spotlight sessions.

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e-shape at IGARSS 2021

Join us in the dedicated session "MO1.O-17: e-shape and EuroGEO Regional Initiative: Developing a Conducive Environment to Develop Earth Observation Operational Services" on Monday 12 July 2021! e-shape will participate in the IGARSS 2021 with five oral presentations:

Erwin Goor, European Commission - EASME, Belgium; Jean Dusart, Marjan Van Meerloo, Gilles Ollier, Jan Ramboer, European Commission - DG RTD, Belgium; Izabela Freytag, Gaëlle Le Bouler, European Commission - EASME, Belgium

Thierry RANCHIN, Lionel MENARD, Nicolas Fichaux, MINES ParisTech, PSL University /ARMINES, France; Mathieu REBOUL, ARMINES, France; All e-shape partners, e-shape consortium, France

Raphaëlle Barbier, Skander Ben Yahia, Pascal Le Masson, Benoit Weil, MINES ParisTech - PSL University / ARMINES, France

Marie-Francoise Voidrot-Martinez, Ingo Simonis, OGCE, Belgium; Raphaëlle Barbier, Pascal Le Masson, Nicolas Fichaux, Thierry Ranchin, Mines ParisTech, PSL University / ARMINES, France

Eleftherios Mamais, Evenflow, Belgium; Francesca Piatto, EARSC, Belgium; Daire Boyle, Stefka Domuzova, Evenflow, Belgium; Emmanuel Pajot, EARSC, Belgium; Nico Thom, Evenflow, Belgium

More info here.

Our services

The ResAGRI web service

The development of precision farming services over formerly data-poor regions can become feasible through an efficient fusion of earth observational (EO), numerical weather prediction (NWP) and in-situ observations. Under the framework of S6P4-ResAGRI, a web platform has been developed from scratch that provides:

  1. support to the underwriters of the agro-insurance sector, through an adverse selection tool that denotes the historical risk/vulnerability/hazard over each individual parcel, based on ECMWF reanalysis datasets, CHIRPS precipitation estimates from rain gauge and satellite observations, as well as a 10-yr record of damages in cotton crop over Rodopi region, provided by Greek Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA).
  2. rapid payout promotion through a quick damage assessment tool that exploits high-resolution Sentinel 2 imagery and cross-validates the data with a sufficiently dense network of smart agro-meteorological stations
  3. a high-level monitoring of the expected insurance claims over a specific region in near future, and
  4. an early warning system built around an operational high-resolution (2 x 2-km) configuration of WRF-ARW model over Greece.

The service has initially focused over Rodopi region and cotton crop, to demonstrate the potential and full functionality and is currently under expansion to include additional regions (Thessaly, Boeotia) and crop types (industrial tomato and more).

The service is available at

Telling our story

Pilot 2 EU-CAP Support, established a new collaboration with the Agriculture Cooperative of Orchomenos

e-shape’s S1P2 EU-CAP Support pilot, in collaboration with S6P4 ReSAgri pilot, support the member-farmers of ASOO with a cotton growth monitoring service that daily provides new maps that indicate the areas of optimal seeding conditions.

Figure 1 shows an instance of the optimal seeding day map, as captured on 13/04/2021. The algorithm that produces the map utilizes soil and ambient temperature predictions for both two days (2 x 2 km) and ten days (25 x 25) ahead from the S6P4 Numerical Weather Predictions (NWP) service that can be found here. Using the service, the farmers are able to search their parcels by name and see if seeding is recommended or not for the coming days. They can additionally see the NWP soil temperature predictions for two days ahead.

During the growing season of 2021 the EU-CAP Support pilot will also provide the ASOO members with crop growth stage estimations and yield predictions. The latter refer to advanced AI based algorithms that have been already developed and are expected to be pilot tested and fine-tuned in real user scenarios.


Insight products

Tide gauges in orbit: Applications of satellite altimetry

Ask someone to think of an example of Copernicus data, and they will probably come up with a colour image of the sort produced by Sentinel 2, or maybe a Sentinel-1 SAR image. Yet the capabilities of the Sentinel missions are much more diverse than commonly known; for instance, they are also monitoring land temperature and atmospheric gasses.

And then there is altimetry. Satellite radar altimeters, such as those carried by the Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 missions, are key tools in climate monitoring and weather forecasting, yet they are not as well-known as other satellites. So, what is altimetry, how is it used, and could it be applied more widely?


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Co-design process

Co-design communication Workshop - DTU

Co-design is used as a toolbox to support the development of the 32 e-shape services in a user-centric approach. Developing services from Earth Observation data brings about specific challenges - a high level of technical expertise, and a large heterogeneity of actors to be involved. Thus, based on recent advances of design theory, a co-design method specific to the EO context is being developed within e-shape, including two phases: (1) identification of the issues hindering the development process and the actors to be involved, (2) implementation of "resilient-fit" co-design actions targeting the long-term growth of the ecosystem and its ability to adapt to future evolutions. 

Such a "resilient-fit" co-design action was carried out with Pilot 3 within the Renewable Energy showcase, the “Merging offshore wind products" Pilot, led by DTU Wind Energy. This Pilot aims to create a new and unified wind product from existing EO data and to Improve offshore wind resource estimates, thus promoting the use of EO data in the offshore wind industry. The area of interest for the new product covers all the European Seas, i.e. North Sea, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea. The merged product will be tested for daily production and monthly and longer-term time-scales will be investigated

The co-design workshop aimed at (1) better understanding the users’ ecosystem, (2) better identifying the potential usefulness of the service, (3) exploring the relevant partnerships to be put in place with the stakeholders of the ecosystem.

•    What were the most important benefits generated by the co-design process? Were there any unexpected benefits?
At the beginning of e-shape, the researchers from DTU were not so familiar with the co-design concept. It was very helpful to have an internal workshop - and several additional meetings – with the team from ARMINES where the concept and types of co-design were explained. In particular, it was beneficial to understand that co-design is not just about convincing a user to adopt a product or service. The main purpose is to get a better understanding of the ecosystem.

•    What have you learnt on the users’ ecosystem?
We have become more aware of the different stages of a wind farm project cycle and especially how the pre-construction phase can be divided into several stages where different entities interact. We have learned that the need for spatial data and the requirements in terms of accuracy change as a potential wind farm project gets closer to the investment decision. 

•    How has it changed DTU’s development plan?
We will put more emphasis on documentation and work towards new ways to present our data and services in the way that is most useful for the wind analysts. 
•    What concrete actions with the stakeholders have been triggered by the co-design process?
We have taken several actions already: With C2Wind we are working on a project proposal which can potentially fund some of the ideas that came up during our workshop but were beyond the scope and timeline of e-shape. With VORTEX, we have a joint PhD project and an exchange of data has taken place as a direct result of the workshop. We have set priorities and planned other actions with the stakeholders to take place in 2021 and beyond.

•    Has there been an impact on DTU's daily way of working? More specifically, how do you see DTU’s future co-design activities?
We will continue to organize user workshops so we maintain a co-design cycle and continue to improve our insights in the ecosystem in the future. The way we ask questions during the workshops – not just in this context but also in our other projects and activities – has changed to be more exploratory and focused on the potential seen by each stakeholder rather than on the willingness to test or buy our services.

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e-shape pragmatic process to release European EO community strengths

e-shape not only builds 32 EO services organized in 7 thematic domains, it also develops transversal support and knowledge on Co-design, Implementation and User Uptake. When a natural trend is to build new infrastructures for each new project, or to try to extend an existing infrastructure to do things for which it has not been originally designed, the goal of e-shape is not to build a new platform but to reveal how to take the best advantage of the existing distributed assets. Each pilot has started from existing developments and brought to the project its domain knowledge, its ICT resources, its users, its specific challenges, focus of interests and roadmap. At the project level, the implementation activities aim at revealing the value of the numerous European resources resulting from major European investments such as Copernicus, the DIASs and many European projects,  building a usable vision of a rich portfolio of resources, partly federated,  from what can currently look like as a fragmented and confusing always changing landscape.

e-shape will go further than building a vision as the strategic deliverable for the implementation activities to build a guide of Best Practices on how to take the best advantage of these resources.

This guide will be built by the EO developers and stakeholders for the EO developers and stakeholders. The content has been drafted out of all the issues identified as challenges by the pilots at the beginning of the project. Each of them will be addressed with some academic approach and pragmatic lessons learned from the pilots implementation. Thanks to the big number of pilots, all the activities needed to develop a new EO service from one end to another end, from data to information provision and/or visualization/exploitation will be documented.

When a topic is identified as a trigger point that slows down the progress or blurs the vision, specific activities are developed to reveal innovative knowledge or build capacity resources;
Several threads of work are ongoing on Geo Data Management and FAIR principles, the EO platforms and portals landscape, the challenges and trends for in situ, the challenges of the Rendez-Vous between Data providers and EO developers in the Cloud, Data Cubes, Open standards for results publication Several of them will be presented or mentioned at the next GEO Symposium or will be published on the e-shape website in the next months.

Other topics of work are already considered linked to the Big Data challenges or the use of New technologies for Earth Observations. 

These activities are driven by the Open Geospatial Consortium that is an active, not-for-profit, neutral organisation stretching across the globe providing thought leadership and innovation, interoperability solutions and consensus-based open standards. We are a neutral and  trusted forum for tackling interoperability issues within and across communities. Earth Observations is a transversal domain in terms of needed technologies or impacted scientific and business domains. Interoperability and standards are instrumental to reveal the value of the data and release the return on the huge investments it requires. 

For further information contact e-shape!

We are out there!
EXPANDEO  2021.

2nd Virtual EXCELSIOR Workshop: Atmospheric & Climate Research in the EMMENA Region. Read more...

Wind Energy Science Conference.

European Maritime Day 2021.

EGU Virtual General Assembly 2021.

EARSeL Joint Workshop 2021 EO for sustainable cities and communities. Read more...

CAMS online user workshop in Norway.

Water Market Europe event 2021.

PARSEC's user & technology talks.

Challenges of the Blue World Webinar Series – Maritime Spatial Planning. Read more..

AGU Fall Meeting 2021.

Merging Offshore Wind Products at the Wind Energy Hamburg Conference. Read more...
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Our publications

Skidmore, A.K., Coops, N.C., Neinavaz, E. et al, Priority list of biodiversity metrics to observe from space. Nat Ecol Evol (2021).

Alagialoglou, I. Manakos, M. Heurich, J.Červenka, A. Delopoulos, Canopy Height Estimation from Spaceborne Imagery Using Convolutional Encoder-Decoder, 21 January 2021, Springer, Cham.

V. Tomaselli, G. Veronico, M. Adamo, Monitoring and Recording Changes in Natural Landscapes: A Case Study from Two Coastal Wetlands in SE Italy, Land, 2021, 10, 50.

C. Tarantino, L. Forte, P. Blonda, S. Vicario, V. Tomaselli, C. Beierkuhnlein, M. Adamo, Intra-Annual Sentinel-2 Time-Series Supporting Grassland Habitat Discrimination, Remote Sensing, Special Issue Remote Sensing for Habitat Mapping, 2021, 13, 277.

M. Morganti, J. G. Cecere, S. Quilici, C. Tarantino, P. Blonda, M. Griggio, R. Ambrosini, and D. Rubolini, Assessing the relative importance of managed crops and semi-natural grasslands as foraging habitats for breeding lesser kestrels Falco naumanniin southeastern Italy, Wildlife Biology, 2021.

F.M. Rana, M. Adamo, Multi-Scale LG-Mod Analysis for a more Reliable SAR Sea Surface Wind Directions Retrieval, Remote Sensing 2021, 13, 410.

A. Kampouri, V. Amiridis, S. Solomos, A. Gialitaki, E. Marinou, C. Spyrou, A. K. Georgoulias, D. Akritidis, N. Papagiannopoulos, L. Mona, S. Scollo, M. Tsichla, I. Tsikoudi, I. Pytharoulis, T. Karacostas, P. Zanis, Investigation of Volcanic Emissions in the Mediterranean: “The Etna–Antikythera Connection”, Atmosphere 2021, 12, 40.

P. Kosmopoulos, D. Kouroutsidis, K. Papachristopoulou, P. Ioannis Raptis, A. Masoom , Yves-Marie Saint-Drenan, P. Blanc, C. Kontoes, S. Kazadzis, Short-Term Forecasting of Large-Scale Clouds Impact on Downwelling Surface Solar Irradiation, Energies 2020, 13, 6555.

S. Scollo, A. Boselli, S.Corradini, G. Leto, L. Guerrieri, L. Merucci, M. Prestifilippo, R. Zanmar Sanchez, A. Sannino, D. Stelitano, Multi-Sensor Analysis of a Weak and Long-Lasting Volcanic Plume Emission, Remote Sensing 2020, 12, 3866.

N. Papagiannopoulos, G. D'Amico, A. Gialitaki, N.Ajtai, L. Alados-Arboledas, A. Amodeo, V. Amiridis, H. Baars, D. Balis, I. Binietoglou, A. Comerón, D. Dionisi, A. Falconieri, P.Fréville, A. Kampouri, I. Mattis, Z. Mijić, F.Molero, A. Papayannis, G. Pappalardo, A. Rodríguez-Gómez, S. Solomos, L. Mona, An EARLINET early warning system for atmospheric aerosol aviation hazards, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 10775–10789, 2020.

I. Baneschi, A. Dere, E. Aronson, R. Balint, S. Billings, S. Giamberini, M. Magnani, P. Mosca, M. Pennisi, A. Provenzale, B. Raco, P. L. Sullivan, T. White, The Nivolet CZ Ecosystem Observatory reveals rapid soil development in recently deglaciated alpine environments: Biotic weathering is the likely culprit.

M. Magnani, I. Baneschi, M. Giamberini, B. Raco, P. Mosca, A. Provenzale, Drivers of carbon fluxes in high‐altitude Alpine Critical Zone: a data-based model, EGU General Assembly 2020.

S.Corradini, L.Guerrieri, D.Stelitano, G.Salerno, S.Scollo, L.Merucci, M.Prestifilippo, M.Musacchio, M.Silvestri, V.Lombardo, T.Caltabiano, Near Real-Time Monitoring of the Christmas 2018 Etna Eruption Using SEVIRI and Products Validation.Remote Sensing, 2020, 12, 1336.

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The e-shape project has received funding from the European Union's

Horizon 2020 (
H2020) research & innovation  programme under

grant agreement No 820852.

Project Duration: 01/05/2019 - 30/04/2023 (48 Months)

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