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PANGEA Cal/Val center for enhancing Earth Observation R&I in the Mediterranean

Objective

The Greek island of Antikythera, whose name is linked to the history of science, is being transformed into a state-of-the-art climate observatory and a pioneer station for climate and weather research in the Mediterranean. The National Observatory of Athens (NOA), is building the Panhellenic Geophysical Observatory of Antikythera (PANGEA), a large remote sensing infrastructure, leveraging on a strategic investment of the European Investment Bank. The Mediterranean is one of the most climate-sensitive areas on the planet, and the observatory will fill a very important geographical gap in research on climate change and its implications. NOA holds significant expertise in Earth Observation to fulfil this mission, but it lacks scientific background in key areas of remote sensing and radiative transfer theory and applications, along with certain technological background.
The PANGEA4CalVal Twinning project aspires to fill these gaps, by building upon PANGEA a framework of knowledge, R&I and management capacity, to establish a Centre for Earth Observation (EO) and satellite Calibration/Validation (Cal/Val) in the Mediterranean region. The project will enhance the human capacity and R&I growth in the region, towards supporting frontier environmental and climate research. PANGEA4CalVal is timely, to address the tremendous evolution of EO in both technology and application domains, the advent of the so-called “New Space” paradigm, along with the additional needs for satellite Cal/Val and enhancement of Copernicus Services. The project will apply a comprehensive set of activities to transfer know-how from advanced partners in Europe, aiming to fill the identified knowledge gaps and fulfil the project objectives. PANGEA4CalVal will develop an open-access framework for PANGEA, with the mandate to bring together academia, industry, regional authorities and the civil society, to transform R&I capacities into socio-economic benefits for the region and the EU.

Coordinator

ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON
Net EU contribution
€ 940 792,50
Address
Lofos Nymfon
11810 Athina
Greece

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Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (3)

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 206 625,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 205 690,00
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 146 797,50
Address
Utrechtseweg 297
3731 GA De Bilt

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00