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European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management

Objective

Earth observation (EO) satellites yield a wealth of data for scientific, operational and commercial exploitation. However, the redistribution of environmental mass is not yet part of the EO data products to date. These observations, derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission and in future by GRACE-FO (Follow-on), deliver fundamental insights into the global water cycle. Changes in continental water storage control the regional water budget and can, in extreme cases, result in floods and droughts that often claim a high toll on infrastructure, economy and human lives. The aim of this proposal is to demonstrate that mass redistribution products open the door for innovative approaches to flood and drought monitoring and forecast.
The timeliness and reliability of information is the primary concern for any early-warning system. We aim to increase the temporal resolution from one month, typical for GRACE products, to one day and to provide gravity field information within 5 days (near real-time). Early warning indications derived from these products are expected to improve the timely awareness of potentially evolving hydrological extremes and to help in the scheduling of high-resolution follow-up observations. We will provide adequate data products and indicators for tentative integration into the work of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI, operated by the German Aerospace Center) and its future use within international initiatives such as the Copernicus Emergency Management Service and the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”. The performance of our products will be assessed with complementary data and post-processed mass products derived from the combined knowledge of the entire European GRACE community unified in our consortium.
Our efforts thus culminate in three dedicated services: 1) a scientific combination service, 2) a near real-time service and 3) a hydrological/early warning service.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-EO-2014
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET BERN
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 0

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 351 375
Address
2 Avenue De L'universite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 569 625
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 275 125
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 153 000
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 161 750
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 171 675
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
GEODE & CIE
France
EU contribution
€ 69 500
Address
17 Rue Eugene D'hautpoul
31400 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)