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Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe


The overall objective is to develop a pilot system for interoperable GMES monitoring and forecasting services for environmental risk and crisis management in European marine and coastal areas. This pilot, the InterRisk system, will consist of a web portal offering access to all services, a suite of components for registration, maintenance and discovery of services, and a network of services in Norwegian, UK/Irish, French, German, Polish and Italian coastal waters.

The consortium will capture and analyse users' and service providers' requirements for sustainable GMES services, and design an open system architecture to accommodate the identified needs, based on established GIS and web services protocols, and compliant with INSPIRE recommendations. Ontologies and application schemas for the targeted application domains, monitoring and forecasting of oil spills, harmful algal blooms, eutrophication and environmental degradation, will be developed to enable data and metadata harmonisation between different service providers. Services will be implemented by a group of service providers in the consortium and integrated in the InterRisk system.

The services will be based on satellite data, in situ data and numerical models needed to monitor and forecast marine environmental degradation and crisis events. Both basic services, such as satellite data processing, in situ data delivery, model simulations, metadata catalogues, and complex services that will use several of the basic services, will be developed. Examples of complex services are oil spill fate prediction and water quality monitoring.

The network of InterRisk services will be embedded in the ESA Service Support Environment (SSE), which will provide the underlying infrastructure for the InterRisk system. Incremental development of services and SSE components will be used to facilitate rapid feedback from users and service providers, leading to improved products and services that can be sustained after the project.

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