DisasterHub - A mobile application for enabling crowd generated data fusion in Earth Observation disaster management
BEYOND participated and won in MYGEOSS Second Call For Innovative Apps with the DisasterHub, a mobile app, enabling crowd-generated data fusion in Earth Observation disaster management.
The MYGEOSS project launched on September 15th its second open call for innovative applications using open data, or crowd-generated data in different domains that address citizens’ needs. The call closed on the 30th September and was a resounding success with 42 applications received from 15 countries: 43% from SMEs, 36% from universities and research centres, and 21% from individuals.
The International Panel
The submissions were reviewed by an international panel composed by members of staff of the European Commission, European Environment Agency, European Space Agency, European Research Agency, the private sector (OGC and Epsylon-Italia), and the European Citizen Science Association.
The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing of the National Observatory of Athens (IAASARS/NOA) has developed, in the framework of the BEYOND Centre of Excellence for EO-based monitoring of Natural Disasters (http://www.beyond-eocenter.eu), and operates a rich EO ecosystem of Copernicus compliant services addressing diverse hazardous phenomena caused from climate and weather extremes (fires, floods, windstorms, heat waves), atmospheric disturbances (smoke, dust, ozone, UV), and geo-hazards (earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes).However, there is a communication gap between the BEYOND EO services ecosystem and those either directly concerned by natural disasters, i.e. the citizens or are responsible for managing them. This disruption of information flow – a dissemination break - between interested parties is addressed by DisasterHub.
DisasterHub will fill in this gap by introducing a mobile application that will act as a middleware between a mobile user and the rich suite of the BEYOND EO services, building on the concept of citizen observatories in support of Copernicus, GEO, GEOSS, and UN-SPIDER. In this context the roadmap for generating beneficial EO services through DisasterHub is sketched in two main branches: (i) ingestion, processing and proper fusion of multimodal big EO data (space, in-situ, airborne, and crowd) with additional spatiotemporal evidences (originated from Core Copernicus, GEO, GEOSS) for deriving higher value DRR and EMS decision support information products, and (ii) interlinking the web and mobile platforms for the exchange and ease access of the societies to open EO/crowd generated information products and services.