Satellite-based Services for Disaster Risk Management

EUSPA together with Eurisy, in cooperation with the Greek Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection and Ministry of Digital Governance, organised a workshop in Greece to present operational satellite-based services for disaster risk management. In this report the outcomes of the event have been collected.


High Level Construction Forum: Webinars on innovation in the construction sector

On the 19 and 20 of October 2022, the High Level Construction Forum organised two webinars that
aimed to identify technologies that have the potential to advance the digital and green transition of
the construction ecosystem. It initiated an exchange on challenges and needs regarding research and
innovation, the uptake of technologies and the transfer of technology from research to market.


Integrating Satellite Applications in Disaster Risk Management

In recent years, Europe faced the consequences of several natural hazards, resulting in human and economic losses.
Extreme weather events due to climate change will only increase in the future. The rapid growth in the use of
satellite applications has the potential to mitigate the impact of climate change and related hazards. Earth
observations, Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and satellite communications all support crucial phases of
disaster risk management, from prevention and preparedness to response and recovery.

This paper aims to shed light on the European stakeholders playing a role in the disaster risk management cycle
and the contributions of satellite applications. It revolves around the current mechanisms to access and share
international and European space-born information. An analysis of the main stakeholders will be provided, as well
as their role and operative mechanisms. The research seeks to deepen the disaster risk management community
among European states with regard to the integration of satellite applications. Several recent case studies on the
use of satellite-based services during different disasters will be presented.


GIS4Schools – Paving The Way For The School Of Tomorrow: Leveraging On Space Technology To Stimulate Steam Learning And Teaching

Meeting the demand for STEAM skills in the job market is considered a priority in the European Union. The concerns related to the supply of STEAM skills rely on the educational offers from secondary schools and the propensity of pupils to follow a scientific course of study at the university level. Across Europe, every country is responsible for the definition and development of its methodological approach to enhance the teaching and learning of STEAM subjects. Because of its inspirational power, space can play a relevant role in attracting the young generation towards STEAM disciplines. Multiple projects have been developed at the European level to facilitate the familiarisation of pupils with STEAM topics by using space in combination with crucial challenges, such as climate change. An example of a project with such an objective is the Erasmus+ “GIS4Schools”. The project aims to improve STEAM learning paths in secondary schools, by promoting an innovative approach to the teaching of scientific subjects, while introducing the teaching of GIS and EO applied to the topic of climate change.

This paper is conceived as a follow-up of last year’s introduction to the GIS4Schools project to the global audience of the IAC. Leveraging in-depth interviews with the schools involved in the project and the data collected through the Digital Diaries, the paper will provide an analysis of the skills acquired by the pupils in the first half of GIS4Schools. In particular, the analysis will help to understand if the GIS4Schools products, as the Training Handbook and the use cases developed by each school, can constitute an autonomous teaching module to be integrated into existing teaching curricula. By retracing the latest developments of the GIS4Schools project, the paper will present the project as a case study for the development of future initiatives on the topic.


Satellites Going Local – Maritime Edition

In this 7th edition of our Satellites Going Local series, Eurisy continues to highlight the contributions of satellite applications for society, this time diving into the maritime domain.

More than 3 billion people around the world rely on blue resources for their living. But nowadays our blue world is threatened by multiple challenges such as sea level rise, pollution, algal blooming, coastal erosion, and anomalies in marine biodiversity behaviours, just to mention a few.

Space technology is an asset to help monitoring the impacts of these hazards deriving both from climate change and human activities on the seas and oceans. Satellite data provides the maritime community and its operators with actionable, reliable and near real-time information on large and remote areas otherwise difficult to reach.

The examples included in this publication provide an overview on how the integration of satellite solution can support decision and policy-maker to streamline process and take informed decisions as well as design mitigation strategies and adaptation actions. The stories collected in this booklet are meant to stimulate awareness and exchange of knowledge on the use of satellite applications.

Copernicus&Me: Ten concrete examples of how data and services based on the European Copernicus satellites improve life on Earth

This publication contains ten hands-on examples of what can be achieved by using data and services from the Copernicus satellites.

The stories feature public and private organisations using satellite data to improve their work in different sectors, including infrastructure management, urban planning, sailing, cultural heritage, risk management, and financial forecasts.

Keeping up with the Eurisy tradition, these examples are presented in a non-technical jargon, with a focus on the challenges faced and the benefits obtained by the organisations we interviewed.

Six of these examples are also featured in short videos produced by Eurisy between July and September 2021. The videos and the single case studies can be accessed on the Eurisy website.


Space for Cities: EO for Sustainable Development

The report contains the main messages from the Space for Cities Workshop “Earth Observation for Sustainable Development”. It covers the contents of the workshop, including the policy context for the development of the EO Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements, two use cases from cities, two platforms providing EO data for cities and the synthesis of the panel discussion.


Space Opportunities for Climate Challenges

From November 2020 to July 2021, Eurisy and DotSPACE hosted a series bringing together research, government and industry experts to talk about their innovative solutions related to climate. Throughout the Space Opportunities for Climate Challenges series, various examples have been showcased proving that satellite solutions can contribute to the green transition. For example, satellite remote sensing can rapidly reveal where to reverse the loss of biological diversity. Variables such as vegetation productivity or leaf cover can be measured across continents from space and can help forest managers to implement more sustainable ways of working. Furthermore, space is relevant for the management of maritime-related matters, as it is for smart mobility and urban planning. When it comes to energy, space can play a pivotal role in the decarbonisation of our economy. The daily space data stream also provides insights about air and water quality, as well as irrigation systems, and even tourism.

This publication calls on potential users and decision-makers to look at these satellite services in order to implement their climate adaptation policies more easily.


Messages to the above: looking at art from the sky

Eurisy aims at seizing the interest of the space community towards arts to launch a project specifically dedicated to “Space for Arts”. Today, the availability of new technologies and digital tools allows for unexpected synergies among artists and space experts. Indeed, the space sector is including arts among its areas of interest, as shown by the organisation of a session dedicated to Contemporary Arts Practice and Outer Space within the International Astronautical Congress. This interest is motivated by the multiplication of photographic, video and graphic experiences (also including VR and 3D), inspired or powered by space. Satellite imagery in particular, has been not only used to show the artistic beauty of the planet, but also to capture large artworks from the sky.

This paper provides a short introduction on how aerial photography and satellite imagery have changed our way of looking at the Earth, inspiring art movements and allowing for the discovery and appreciation of ancient and more recent artworks.

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