EARSC - Space Climate Observatory | webinar 14 Oct 2020

"Earth Observation solutions contributing to EuroGEO: cross-benefits benefits e-shape and SCO communities"

In cooperation with the Space Climate Observatory (SCO), EARSC is organising a webinar on the 14th of October at 1h30-3PM.

This webinar will present both SCO and the e-shape project, to create and foster opportunities, research and expertise through new collaboration between actors involved in space and players working at the heart of climate and environmental issues.

The workshop aims at bringing together the representatives of SCO and his community of users, with the e-shape pilots, introducing current works and projects. SCO will share its understanding of e-shape, how pilots are aligned with their activities/challenges, and opportunities as well for the e-shape pilots user’s uptake.

e-shape speakers


e-shape pilot 6.3, Assessing Geo-hazard vulnerability of Cities and Critical Infrastructures, aim to increase the use of multi-mission EO derived products and services to assess Urban Vulnerability and Geohazards. Regarding the weather topic, the proposed products would allow to response against climate threatens like droughts and floods using them to improve the groundwater management and protect the detected flood prone areas.

  • Satellite Earth Observation-derived water bodies and floodwater record over Europe, Patrick Matgen, Remote sensing and natural resources modelling, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

e-shape pilot 5.2 intends to upscale and operationalize the HASARD service so that a water bodies and floodwater record is generated at large scale and over a long period to support flooding-related disaster risk reduction In Europe. The objective of the pilot is thus to process the Sentinel-1 data collection in order to generate an overview of fluctuations of water bodies at 20 m resolution. The ‘water bodies and floodwater record’ shall support different applications and research activities of the members of the Global Flood Partnership in the fields of climate research, large scale flood forecasting, flood hazard and risk analyses, land use monitoring etc.

  • Harvester Seasons, Mikko Strahlendorff, Finnish Meteorological Institute

e-shape pilot 7.3 presents harvesterseasons.com and especially how to expand the forest trafficability layers globally.

The Finnish forest industry estimates annual efficiency gains to be ~70 M€ in handling the seasonal variation of wood supply operations. Terrain and forest road trafficability issues are causing significant production shortfalls and pose a risk in a future with shorter frost periods due to climate change. Also, in warm situations soil moisture hinders wood production operations. Forecasting harvesting conditions have a great potential value that will be demonstrated in this pilot. In addition, carbon emissions from forest land change differently depending on the harvesting methods used. The pilot will highlight this in the service to motivate climate smart operations.

About Space Climate Observatory

As an informal group of space agencies and international organizations, the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) International Initiative addresses the need to step up international coordination for accurate assessment and monitoring of the consequences of climate change from observations and numerical models.

The SCO aims to study, monitor, and adapt to the impacts of climate change especially at local scales, using satellite-based Earth-observation tools in combination with field data and models. This objective will be grounded on four pillars: transparency, local capacity building, sharing of knowledge, effective applications for climate change adaptation.

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