Pilot 6.1 | EO4D_ASH - EO Data for Detection, Discrimination & Distribution (4D) of Volcanic ash

Pilot 6.1 | EO4D_ASH - EO Data for Detection, Discrimination & Distribution (4D) of Volcanic ash

Volcanic eruptions are a natural disaster with great impact on society and environment. Even if they are relatively rare, the effects of eruptions on human activities and economy can be very severe. The aviation crisis in 2010, that resulted in 1.3 billion Euro damage, showcased the significant impacts to the general economic activity in Europe.

As reported in the EU Directive on European critical infrastructures and the assessment of the need to improve their protection, there is a need to improve the critical infrastructure protection capability in Europe and to help reduce vulnerabilities concerning critical infrastructures. In particular, air traffic is indicated as a European critical infrastructure.

/ Objectives
  • Support the resilience and decision-making process after a crisis in aviation related to airborne hazards
  • Strengthen the EO data exploitation with tailoring procedures and model data assimilation for volcanic hazards.
  • Design and implement a system for the integration of multi-source data in a unique visualization tool.
/ Partners


Associated partners: MEEO

/ Key Users

VAACs, aviation industry at large

/ Key Datasets

Satellite: MODIS/Terra, MODIS/Aqua, SEVIRI/MSG, AVHRR/Metop TROPOMI/Sentinel 5P



/ ID Card
Expected outcome of the pilot

The Pilot aims to integrate satellite and in-situ EO data as well as model data relative to volcanic eruption emissions in a unique visualization platform. Important elements of the Pilot are the tailoring of products in a user-centric manner and the data integration of tailored observations from ground and space in dispersion model forecasts, which can provide critical information in the resilience process due to volcanic hazards.

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