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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 thematic clusters of Environment and Climate, Resilient Society, and Big Earth Data Analytics through the integrated use of remote sensing and space-based techniques. Satellite observation and remote sensing are 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). The Teaming 2 proposal of EXCELSIOR is based on the business plan developed in Teaming 1 EXCELSIOR project, which demonstrates the development of a fully autonomous and self-sustained Centre of Excellence (112 and 132 jobs at YR7 and YR15, respectively).
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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

€ 9 250 987,50

Participants (4)

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DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 741 650

NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 2 521 250

LEIBNIZ INSTITUT FUER TROPOSPHAERENFORSCHUNG e.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 086 112,50

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 857510

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2019

  • End date

    30 September 2026

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.a.

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 000 000

  • EU contribution

    € 15 000 000

Coordinated by:

TECHNOLOGIKO PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Cyprus