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PANACEA - PANhellenic infrastructure for Atmospheric Composition and climatE change

CO-PI: V. Amiridis   
Start date: 26/09/2018

Duration: 36 months

Funding: Operational Programme "Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation" (NSRF 2014-2020) and co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).

Description: The PANhellenic infrastructure for Atmospheric Composition and climatE change (PANACEA) is envisioned to become the high-class, integrated Research Infrastructure (RI) for atmospheric composition and climate change not only for Greece, but also for southern Europe and eastern Mediterranean, an area that is acknowledged as a hot spot for climate change. The RI is designed to be: in full compliance with EU Regulation 651/26.6.2014 and act as the Greek component of ACTRIS/ESFRI (Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research Infrastructure) and ICOS/ESFRI (Integrated CO2 Observation System). PANACEA addresses the need for monitoring of atmospheric composition, solar radiation variations, climate change and related natural hazards in Greece, and for providing tailored services to crucial national economy sectors that are affected by air pollution and climate change, such as public health, agriculture/food security, tourism, shipping and energy/ renewables. The overarching goal of PANACEA is the integration of all existing national facilities to create a single harmonized high-class innovative distributed RI to serve and provide access to all academic/research institutions and the private sector (industry/SMEs) in the wide scientific range covered by PANACEA. IAASARS participates in PANACEA since 2017 with the PANGEA Climate Change Observatory of Antikythera. 

26 Sep 2018 - 26 Sep 2021

1 Feb 2016 - 1 Dec 2018

GEO-CRADLE - Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS

Co-PI: V. Amiridis

Start date: 01/02/2016

Duration: 34 months

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme,
H2020-EU.3.5.5., Project Number: 690133

Total Budget: 3.030.800€

Description: GEO-CRADLE is a Coordination and Support Action established for providing support to the Intergovernmental Organization GEO (Group on Earth Observations) and the Program for Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security Copernicus. GEO-CRADLE is also a synergetic action that establishes a network of stakeholders across the entire value added chain in Earth Observation (research, service providers, data providers, decision makers) and builds on platforms for the integration and dissemination of EO data and know-
how across the regions of N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans (NAMEBA - also called as RoI-Region of Interest).

GEO-CRADLE brings together key players representing the whole (Balkans, N. Africa and M. East) region and the complete EO value chain with the overarching objective of establishing a multi-regional coordination network that will

(i) support the effective integration of existing EO capacities (space/air-borne/in-situ monitoring networks, modelling and data exploitation skills, and past project experience),

(ii) provide the interface for the engagement of the complete ecosystem of EO stakeholders (scientists, service/data providers, end-users, governmental orgs, and decision makers)

(iii) promote the concrete uptake of EO services and data in response to regional needs, relevant to the thematic priorities of the Call (adaptation to climate change, improved food security, access to raw materials and energy), and (iv) contribute to the improved implementation of and participation in GEO, GEOSS, and Copernicus in the region.

e-shape – EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe

Co-PI: V. Amiridis

Start date: 01/05/2019

Duration: 48 months

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020, H2020-EU.3.5.5., Project Number: 820852

Total Budget: 15.688.319,10   €            IAASARS Budget: 1.755.850 €

Description: Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) will receive a big boost from the e-shape project. It is the largest coordinated effort to highlight operational services in the field of Earth observation research in Europe. The project aims to improve user uptake of Earth Observation data in the region. It will develop operational EO services and demonstrate the benefits of the EO pilots at national and international scale, across vertical markets (private and public), and amongst key user communities. Through the coordinated downstream exploitation of EO data and existing EO resources, they will run 27 cloud-based pilot applications under 7 thematic areas to address societal challenges, foster entrepreneurship, and support sustainable development.
The E-SHAPE project is driven by the need to develop operational EO services with and for the users and to create a conducive environment whereby the strengths of Europe are exploited towards addressing societal challenges, fostering entrepreneurship and supporting sustainable development. The proposal objectives are 1) to develop operational EO services with and for users active in key societal sectors; 2) to demonstrate the benefits of the EO pilots through the coordinated downstream exploitation of EO data and the utilization of existing EO resources; 3) to promote the uptake of pilots at national and international scale, across vertical markets (private and public) and amongst key user communities; 4) to enable the long-term sustainability of the numerous pilots, their penetration in public and private markets and support their upscaling; 5) to increase uptake by raising awareness on the solutions developed through tailored and well-targeted communication, dissemination and outreach activities. The proposal aims at setting-up and promoting a sustainable organization dedicated to users’ uptake of European EO resources, building on Copernicus and GEOSS through the development of co-design pilots (i.e. application-oriented products, services or solutions) built on a user-centric approach and delivering economic, social and policy value to European citizens. It has also the ambition through the development of 27 pilots organized in 7 showcases to deliver information that will also contribute to the three GEO engagements (SDGs, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework).

1 May 2019 - 1 May 2024

About Us

ReACT stands for “Remote sensing of Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases”, to describe the research focus of the respective research team led by Dr. Vassilis Amiridis. ReACT consists of highly motivated scientists within the field of Atmospheric Sciences, combining a number of Post-doc researchers, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students as well as other research and technical staff, using the resources, infrastructure and experience of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS).

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