EGU2020-21836
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-21836
EGU General Assembly 2020
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The "Excelsior" H2020 Widespread Teaming Phase 2 Project: ERATOSTHENES: EXcellence Research Centre for Earth SurveiLlance and Space-Based MonItoring Of the EnviRonment

Diofantos Hadjimitsis1,2, Gunter Schreier3, Haris Kontoes4, Albert Ansman5, Giorgos Komodromos6, Kyriacos Themistocleous1,2, Kyriacos Neocelous1,2, Silas Michaelides1,2, Rodanthi Mamouri1,2, Ioannis Papoutsis4, Johannes Bühl5, Egbert Schwarz3, Stelios Tziortzis6, Argyro Nisantzi1,2, Christodoulos Mettas1,2, Christiana Papoutsa1,2, Christos Danezis1,2, and Marios Tzouvaras1,2
Diofantos Hadjimitsis et al.
  • 1Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus
  • 2ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence, Limassol, Cyprus
  • 3German Aerospace Center, Germany
  • 4National Observatory of Athens, Greece
  • 5Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Germany
  • 6Department of Electronic Communications, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Nicosia Cyprus

The EXCELSIOR project aims to upgrade the existing ERATOSTHENES Research Centre established within the Cyprus University of Technology into a sustainable, viable and autonomous ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE) for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment. The ECoE for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment will provide the highest quality of related services both on the National, European and International levels through the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Project under H2020 WIDESPREAD TEAMING. The vision of the ECoE is to become a world-class Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) for Earth observation and Geospatial Information becoming the reference Centre in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa (EMMENA) within the next 7 years. The ECoE will lead multidisciplinary Earth observation research towards a better understanding, monitoring and sustainable exploitation and protection of the physical, built and human environment, in line with International policy frameworks. Indeed, the scientific potential of the new upgraded ECoE focusing on the integration of novel Earth observation, space and ground based integrated technologies for the efficient systematic monitoring of the environment. Furthermore, ECoE aims to excel in five domains:  i) Access to energy; ii) Disaster Risk Reduction; iii) Water Resource Management; iv) Climate Change Monitoring and v) Big Earth observation Data Analytics. This will be achieved through research and innovation excellence in the respective scientific and technological disciplines and working together with other Earth observation industries, whereby the ECoE will develop a pool of scientific expertise and engineering capability as well as technical facilities. The partners of the EXCELSIOR consortium include the Cyprus University of Technology as the Coordinator, the German Airspace Center (DLR), the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and the Department of Electronic Communications, of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works of Cyprus.                                                                                  

The EXCELSIOR project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 857510 and from the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for the European Programmes, Coordination and Development.

How to cite: Hadjimitsis, D., Schreier, G., Kontoes, H., Ansman, A., Komodromos, G., Themistocleous, K., Neocelous, K., Michaelides, S., Mamouri, R., Papoutsis, I., Bühl, J., Schwarz, E., Tziortzis, S., Nisantzi, A., Mettas, C., Papoutsa, C., Danezis, C., and Tzouvaras, M.: The "Excelsior" H2020 Widespread Teaming Phase 2 Project: ERATOSTHENES: EXcellence Research Centre for Earth SurveiLlance and Space-Based MonItoring Of the EnviRonment, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-21836, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-21836, 2020

How to cite: Hadjimitsis, D., Schreier, G., Kontoes, H., Ansman, A., Komodromos, G., Themistocleous, K., Neocelous, K., Michaelides, S., Mamouri, R., Papoutsis, I., Bühl, J., Schwarz, E., Tziortzis, S., Nisantzi, A., Mettas, C., Papoutsa, C., Danezis, C., and Tzouvaras, M.: The "Excelsior" H2020 Widespread Teaming Phase 2 Project: ERATOSTHENES: EXcellence Research Centre for Earth SurveiLlance and Space-Based MonItoring Of the EnviRonment, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-21836, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu2020-21836, 2020

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