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ERATOSTHENES: Excellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment

ERATOSTHENES: Excellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment

Objective

The proposed CoE envisions to upgrade the existing ERATOSTHENES Centre of the Cyprus University of Technology into an inspiring environment for conducting basic and applied research and innovation in the areas of the integrated use of remote sensing and space-based techniques for monitoring the environment. Earth Observation is a must to better observe, understand, protect, monitor, and predict environmental parameters in land, water and air. Earth observation includes, among others, technological solutions including satellite observation, navigation and positioning systems. Satellite observation and remote sensing is the major focal point of the Centre and in the proposed CoE will be used in an integrated manner with other techniques and geospatial tools. Earth observation data are the key factors in Earth environmental programs in order to assess the current information of the environment, inform models, understand relationships among Earth processes, support decision making e.g., toward sustainability and involve stakeholders more effectively in environment decision-making. Earth observation has, so far, made sustainability a reality and it will continue to do so as more research is continuously done and technology improves. Climate change, air and water quality, natural hazards, floods, earthquakes, fires, erosion, landslides and other phenomena are some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration in several environmental studies, both at a national as well as at a regional level. Indeed, Cyprus with its unique geographical position, can support satellite Earth Observation programmes in these areas, as well as their respective calibration and validation aspects. The project is fully aligned with the Smart Specialization Strategy of Cyprus (S3Cy) in many areas, significantly enhancing the impact of the targeted regional and national investments, namely, Environment and ICT, as explained below.
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Coordinator

TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Address

Archbishop Kyprianos 31 Savings Cooperative Bank Building 3rd Floor
3036 Lemesos

Cyprus

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 160 000

Participants (4)

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DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 95 000

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER TROPOSPHAERENFORSCHUNG e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 25 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 763643

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2017

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.a.

  • Overall budget:

    € 400 000

  • EU contribution

    € 400 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Cyprus