MARINE-EO: BRIDGING INNOVATIVE DOWNSTREAM EARTH OBSERVATION AND COPERNICUS ENABLED SERVICES FOR INTEGRATED MARITIME ENVIRONMENT, SURVEILLANCE AND SECURITY
H2020 EO-2-2016- PRE-COMMERCIAL PROCUREMENT (PCP)
2017-2020, GA: Νο 730098
111.037 EUR (NOA Budget)/4.378.584 EUR (Overall Budget)
Τhe project relies on research outcomes and services developed by the BEYOND research team in past EU and ESA Copernicus projects related to marine environment, such as LIMES, MARISS, MARCOAST (their description is given in the following sections of this CV).
The Marine-EO project develops, tests and validates two sets of demand-driven EO-based services, adopted on open standards, bringing incremental or radical innovations in the field of maritime awareness and leveraging on the existing Copernicus Services and other products from the Copernicus portfolio. It encompasses two Thematic Areas.
The Thematic Area 1 addresses priorities of the Marine Environment Monitoring and Climate Change. The so-called SATOCEAN set of services provides information about ocean parameters variability in time and space, best probable fishing areas, fish farm locations, and water quality. It also incorporates sea ice extent for safe navigation and maritime operations in the Arctic.
Thematic Area 2 addresses priorities of the Marine Security: The so-called SATSURVEILLANCE service contributes to the development of EUROSUR regulation by providing services in response to Europe’s security challenges in the domains of Border Security.
The project proposes a set of “support” / “envelop” services which integrate EO and Copernicus-enabled services to the operational logic and code of conduct. The services bring “closer” the demand side (Public Authorities) with the EO data providers (Copernicus & Copernicus contributing missions), and EO data experts and analysts (Service providers/ industry and SMEs), creating a dynamic environment for a single digital market to grow. Moreover, Marine-EO strengthens transnational collaboration in maritime awareness sector by facilitating knowledge transfer and optimization of resources for the public authorities, the latter participating in the buyers group. This brings together the supply and demand side in order to foster the development of innovative solutions in response to the increasing demand for strengthening Earth Observation and Copernicus capabilities. This PCP is also enabling the public procurers to compare alternative potential solution approaches and filter out the best possible solutions the market can deliver in order to address the public need. To this end NOA contributes with its Copernicus DataHubs and EO research expertise in an experienced group of partners towards observing the problem from different perspectives, including an operational and a technical view, while working together for the development, integration and validation of innovative solutions in the field of Earth Observation, the harmonization of tools and methods for the EU wide testing and validation of systems, and the facilitation of public-private cooperation for the sake of market visibility. In addition the NOA's research team and its partners undertake the full coordination of this Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action, which challenges the industry from the demand side to develop innovative solutions for public sector needs and provides a first customer reference which enables companies to create competitive advantage in the market.