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Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service

Objective

The objective of the project SWOS is to develop a monitoring and information service focussing on wetland ecosystems.
Globally wetlands are the ecosystems with the highest rate of loss. This is alarming, considering their significance as biodiversity hotspots and ecosystems with a central role in the water cycle, including improving water quality and reducing water scarcity, in climate regulation and the economic benefit gained from using their services.
A key limitation to their more effective conservation, sustainable management and restoration is the missing knowledge underpinning the application of European policy by Member States. Under the Biodiversity Strategy, Member States have recently committed to the mapping and assessment of ecosystem services (MAES); this provides a key instrument for an improved integration of wetlands in policy.
SWOS will take full advantage of the Sentinel satellites and integrate results from the ESA Globwetland projects. Status maps and indicators, as well as near real-time observations will allow the assessment of biodiversity and the monitoring of dynamic changes in an unmatched temporal and spatial resolution.
The Service Portal will allow the integration and web-based analysis of new maps and in-situ measurements and provide a unique entry point to locate, access and connect existing information and databases. It follows a GEOSS compatible data-broker approach and adopts international standards.
SWOS contributes to establishing a Global Wetland Observing System, as requested by Ramsar, it will facilitate local and EU monitoring tasks and input into international reporting obligations. SWOS will position Europe in a leading role for wetland activities within the GEO ecosystem, biodiversity, water, land cover tasks. The direct involvement of users working at different scales and support of key user organizations ensures the usability and acceptance of the service, the harmonization with related activities and a long-term impact.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/satellites
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

JENA-OPTRONIK GMBH
Address
Otto Eppenstein Strasse 3
07745 Jena
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 222 186

Participants (12)

TERRASPHERE IMAGING & GIS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 000
Address
Keizersgracht 125
1015 CJ Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 369 750
Address
Isarstrasse 3
82065 Baierbrunn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BROCKMANN GEOMATICS SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 555 750
Address
Torshamnsgatan 39
164 40 Kista
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 392 375
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 376 875
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MOUSEIO GOULANDRI FYSIKIS ISTORIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Levidou 13
14562 Athens
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDATION TOUR DU VALAT
France
EU contribution
€ 328 750
Address
La Tour Du Valat Le Sambuc
13200 Arles
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNITE TECHNIQUE DU SEMIDE GEIE
France
EU contribution
€ 234 375
Address
Place Sophie Laffitte
06902 Sophia Antipolis
Activity type
Other
STICHTING WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 346 455,87
Address
Horapark 9
6717 LZ Ede Gld
Activity type
Other
UICN, BUREAU DE REPRESENTATION AUPRES DE L'UNION EUROPEENNE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 153 037,05
Address
Boulevard Louis Schmidt 64
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
WCMC LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 190 635,44
Address
Huntingdon Road 219
CB3 0DL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations