CBK PAN: Centrum Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk

The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN) was established in 1977 as a research institute focused on terrestrial space, the Solar System and the Earth using space technology and satellite techniques. CBK PAN has participated in numerous space science missions in collaboration with: Roscosmos – KORONAS-F, Phobos-Grunt; NASA – IBEX, Chandrayaan; ESA – CASSINI, MARS EXPRESS, ROSETTA; CERN -DEMETER and TARANIS; as well as in Earth Observation (EO) programmes: GMES/Copernicus, SWEX and SMOS mission. CBK PAN is the leading Polish institution in the field of space research and its applications in geosciences, technology development and remote sensing. It also acts as an expert for the Polish government.
The Earth Observation Division (EOD) is focused on processing of satellite images and developing GIS applications. EOD’s staff were involved in numerous projects with focus on both optical and radar image analysis and classification. Main topics in EOD activity include land cover/land use classification and change detection on different scales (from national to global) with new algorithms and data sources. Apart from these activities, EOD worked on natural hazards assessment, climatological studies, quality control of EO-based and GIS mapping products. Also, EOD develops its capabilities in the ecosystem services (ES). EOG participated in projects focused on:

  • provisioning ES: B-FIRST – assessment of cultivation of energy crops; EOSTAT, SATMIROL & ACCESS4FI - crop mapping;
  • regulation and maintenance ES: MAIL – CO2 sequestration identification in Marginal Lands;
  • cultural ES : sustainable management of tourism (in. collaboration with Warsaw University).

CERTH: The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas

CERTH is one of the largest research centers in Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Thessaloniki. CERTH participates in this twinning project through the Information Technologies Institute (ITI). CERTH/ITI is one of the leading Greek institutions in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects. Additionally, CERTH/ITI has a proven experience related to the utilization of EO data/products for the generation of products relying on its own developed modules and services. It has been involved in numerous related projects. Among others, the recently completed H2020 ‘ECOPOTENTIAL’ and the older FP7 Space ‘BIO_SOS’ ones; both providing valuable results to support ecosystem monitoring.
In addition, CERTH/ITI team participates in the myEcosystem showcase working group of the recently initiated H2020 ‘E-Shape’ project. EShape is the flagship project paving the way for EuroGEO (GEOSS). Furthermore, the team is expected to deal with artificial intelligence applications with Earth Observation data via its involvement in the H2020 ‘SnapEarth’ project. Moreover, it will develop ICT training modules for the technologies suggested at the ENI CBC MED ‘AQUACYCLE’ and ENI CBC BSB ‘PONTOS’ projects.
Finally, CERTH/ITI has a wide network within and beyond the European remote sensing society, employing in its working team, among others, the Chairman of the Special Interest Group on the Applications of Remote Sensing in Land Use Land Cover of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) and Copernicus Academy member.

CREAF: Consorci Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals

CREAF is a public research centre dedicated to terrestrial ecology, territorial analysis and global change, pursuing excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge, in addition to the innovation, development, and transfer of methodologies. The centre aims to contribute to improving the conservation and management of our natural environment by acting as a bridge between academia, public administrations and society and within its spheres of action. Priority research lines of CREAF are: biodiversity; functional diversity and global change, forest ecology and territorial analysis with Earth Observation. CREAF´s expertise includesconservation ecology, climate change adaption and mitigation, land use/cover dynamics, water flows and water budgets, forest biomass, GIS technologies, remote sensing, and modelling ecosystem processes. CREAF offers a recognized, high-quality training programme consisting of a doctoral programme, two official masters (GIS-Remote Sensing and Terrestrial Ecology) and periodic continued education courses. CREAF is among the 500 best international institutions of the world in six different indicators according to SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) and it is recipient of the Severo Ochoa Award of Excellence, the highest quality accreditation for research centres in Spain. CREAF is member or collaborator of relevant European and worldwide organizations such as: Copernicus Academy, GEOSS; OGC, ECSA, The European Water Platform, EFI, IPBES, IPCC, ALTER-net, LTER-Europe, etc.

CNR: The National Research Council of Italy

CNR is a public organization and it is the first Italian research institution for number of researchers, with a leading position in terms of spin-off and multidisciplinary research; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of Italy. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations. More than 40% of CNR annual budget comes from external funds through contracts with private entities (companies, services, provision of services, agreements), with the European Union and with other international organisations.
The research group participating in the project represents two CNR institutes (Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources and Institute of Applied Mathematics) which tackle some of this century's key environmental issues as Climate Change, Natural Hazards, Pollution and Sustainability of the use of Natural Resources. Their mission is to gather knowledge and predict the behaviour of the Earth system and its resources, to support a sustainable future for the planet and humanity.