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European GNSS-R Environmental Monitoring

Objective

The E-GEM project proposes to evolve the current status of GNSS Reflectometry (GNSS-R) methods for the purpose of Earth monitoring, paving the way for operational applications in the domains of ocean altimetry and scaterometry (mainly wave height and surface winds, but also soil moisture, and biomass, monitoring of ice layers). The approach of the E-GEM project is to bring together lead experts in GNSS-R technologies and experienced teams in Earth Observation domains, in order to address the data needs and requirements of GMES services and other Earth monitoring initiatives, and how can GNSS-R methods best respond to the identified challenges in these domains. A strong connection with the users basis as well as with institutional, public and private stakeholders interested in the development and usage of the technology, will also steer the project’s efforts, and increase the awareness of this promising technology. Within the E-GEM project, three experimental platforms will be developed for GNSS-R data acquisition: a space-borne, an airborne and a ground instrument will acquire large amounts of data to support the development of algorithms. This data, together with the large effort put on the development and validation of algorithms and processing chains, will aim at obtaining high-resolution products for altimetry, wave height and surface winds. The expected improvements should largely result from the usage of the GPS P code (with the space- and airborne acquired signal), and Galileo’s AltBOC signals. For these purposes, the E-GEM project will rely strongly on the achievements of the GNSS-R community so far - in which European teams have historically had a leading role so far - and will bring together the individual efforts and other on-going projects into a joint working platform dedicated to the development and integration of GNSS-R technologies into GMES operational services.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems/satellite navigation system/global navigation satellite system

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEIMOS ENGENHARIA SA
Address
Avenida D Joao Ii Lote 1 17 01-8 B Edificio Torre Zen
1998023 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 501 571
Administrative Contact
Nuno Catarino (Dr)

Participants (9)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 645 775
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mercè Torrellas (Mrs)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 301 753
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
María Ángeles López Vázquez (Ms)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 122 391
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janick Vourc'h (Ms)
STIFTELSEN NANSEN SENTER FOR MILJOOG FJERNMALING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 128 149
Address
Thormohlensgate 47
5006 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Knut Holba (Prof)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 38 924
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renato Lauro (Prof)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 26 190
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniela Padulo (Mrs)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 35 203
Address
Calle Patio De Escuelas 1
37008 Salamanca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María de los Ángeles Serrano García (Prof)
NORUT NORTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 157 651
Address
Forksningsparken I Tromso
9294 Tromso
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marit Brekkås (Mrs)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 42 392
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Claas Schippmann (Mr)