The EEA GMES insitu coordination proposal will contribute to the preparation of future community policies, specifically the management of in-situ data as described in the Commission Communication. It is unlike most of the projects in the Framework 7 Space Programme in that it focuses on management issues, but it nevertheless embodies all the elements of innovation, impacts, and a sustainable legacy that goes beyond the state of the art.
The action will stimulate participation by a range of organizations and their networks in implementing the operational GMES services. It will require the development of innovatory approaches to the management of in-situ data, building on existing mechanisms, but exploring ways of managing them that have not in the past been necessary. Its impacts will be in terms of supporting GMES services, and providing a firm framework for future GMES in-situ management.
The high-level objective of this project is to act between data providers and to develop an adequate management system for insitu data that also takes into account that demands will change over time. The outcome of this project is to have undertaken the preparatory work needed to develop a management system for in-situ data for GMES core services. The main results of the preparatory work are:
1. Refocusing existing or establishing new networks of actors being able to supply the necessary in-situ information and adopt to changes in data requirements
2. Clarifying and prioritizing requirements for data, the infrastructure necessary to provide it and related costs,
3. Devising the framework necessary for deliver the required in-situ data, and
4. Develop the Agency’s capacity to coordinate the in-situ component of GMES and undertake the role as defined in the Commission communication.
To achieve this overall goal and the main results, the project has been structured around four technical work packages.
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