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Environmental typomogical space facilitating the implementation of European legislation.

Objective



APERTURE aims at developing a cost-effective methodology to categorise and map various areas of Europe according to International, European and National Environmental Legislation. The outcomes of the APERTURE will be employed to (i) reduce the infringement related to Environmental Legislation and (ii) increase the awareness of policy makers, scientists and environmentalists about the potential value of Earth Observation (EO) data in developing and applying international, European and National environmental law. The project will investigate in four Pilot European sites if and how merged VHSR (Very High Spatial Resolution) and HSR (High Spatial Resolution) EO data as well as new impending satellite systems (i.e. Space Imaging, EarthWatch) can be utilised in judicial or extra judicial proceedings concerning the implementation of environmental laws. The project will set up guidelines and specify standards with respect to spatial and spectral resolution of EO data so that these can be used by the European Court of Justice, Legislators, National Administration and Courts as evidence to support their decisions in given cases. The present Pilot project employs and integrates PROVEN state-of-the-art technologies such as: (1) Digital Image Processing and Interpretation of merged VHSR and HSR EO data or a combination and synergy of data from different space platforms to derive the most efficient means of: (a) obtaining information on land-use conditions and (b) detecting time-changes on those conditions, (2) Use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for multi-layer information storage and processing, (3) Global Positioning Systems (GPS), (4) Graphical Modelling. An extensive analysis of the International, European and National Environmental Legislation will be performed. The outcomes of the project as well as the related Environmental information will be provided to interested parties electronically through Internet and World-Wide-Web. Candidate sites are (I) deforested areas with intense phenomena of illegal housing construction or plantation in Greece, Italy and Portugal, and (II) areas of over exploitation of scarce water resources in Spain. Environmental legislation maps will be generated by: (1) updating the CORINE database and nomenclature, (2) constructing a detailed database of the land-use of environmentally sensitive areas and their surroundings, (3) developing quantitative measures to detect changes in forest and water management over a period of time,(4)integrating environmental legislation data, (5) using advanced visualisation techniques to produce legislation maps.
Another objective of the proposal is to set up a decentralised network of National Authorities, EO data manipulation experts, Environmental Law Experts, NGOs, industries, and providers and users of space data to encourage/increase the growth of a user-driven market for EO products, services and expertise. To accomplish this goal the consortium includes Governments, Research Institutes with extensive experience in advancing and processing EO data, Environmental Law Institutes and private remote sensing/GIS application companies in a Pilot pre-operational Project. APERTURE introduces certain crucial features such as: (i) Combination and synergistic use of EO data including satellite and airborne imagery, ancillary data such as vector maps, tables etc. (ii) Involvement of "customers" at every stage of project (project user group).

Coordinator

Integrated Information Systems SA
Address
72-74,Salaminos Street 72-74
17675 Kallithea-athens
Greece

Participants (12)

CENTRO NACIONAL DE INFORMACAO GEOGRAFICA
Portugal
Address
82,Tagus Park, Nucleo Central Sala 301
2780-920 Oeiras
European Communities - Commission of the European Communities - Joint Research Centre
Italy
Address
Via E. Fermi 1
21020 Ispra
GEOSYS S.L.
Spain
Address
92/2-4,C/sector Foresta 23, Locales 7 Y 8
28760 Tres Cantos
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
United Kingdom
Address
48 Princes Gardens
SW7 2PE London
Istituto per l'Ambiente
Italy
Address
Via Luigi Emanueli 15
20126 Milano
Ministerio de Medio Ambiente
Spain
Address
67,Paseo De La Castellana
28071 Madrid
Ministry of Agriculture
Greece
Address
2,Acharnon
11528 Athens
National Technical University of Athens
Greece
Address
9,Iroon Polytechniou Avenue
15780 Athens
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Greece
Address
16,Achaiou 16
10675 Athens
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Spain
Address
Campus De Bellaterra
08193 Barcelona
Universität Bremen
Germany
Address

28334 Bremen
Université de Limoges
France
Address
32,Rue Turgot
87000 Limoges