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November 18-19, 2011 - Post GEO Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey

Earth Observations for the Social Benefit of the Balkans - Post-GEO Workshop

OBSERVE, BALKANGEONET and EGIDA FP7 projects organized 18-19 November, 2011 the Post GEO Workshop in Istanbul, Turkey. The workshop attracted 88 experts, stakeholders, local policy makers and academics who had the opportunity to get informed on the latest developments regarding International and European Earth Observation developments and participate in vivid debates on the future of EO in the Balkans.

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Description of the event

Balkan countries do not have a coherent and continuous approach towards the challenge of implementing integrated Earth Observation (EO) applications in environmental monitoring and management. The defect in the implementation of EO applications and their use in the environmental decision making are manifested through the limited synergies among national and regional institutions, ineffective technological means and discontinuous record of participation to international organizations and committees. On the other hand, the increasing importance of a common approach towards effective environmental monitoring practices, for the benefit of the societal web of the broader Balkan region, calls for immediate action, setting as a starting point the built up of regional institutional capacity and spillage of technology transfer.

Brief description of Workshop Aims:

The Post-GEO Workshop had the following aims

  • Inform audience on EO activities with focus on European institutions (aims, actions, near-term future plans).
  • Exchange views on how the above relate to EO activities in Southeastern Europe.
  • Inform speakers and leading EO institutions on needs regarding EO in Southeastern Europe.
  • Build-up acquaintances, networks and co-operations, with focus on Capacity Building and more extensive use of EO in Southeastern Europe, incl. possible contributions of related EU projects in European activities.

Venue

The Post-GEO Workshop was held in Conference Center of Maçka Campus of Istanbul Technical University (in turkish - "ITU Maçka Sosyal Tesisleri"), located in the centre of Istanbul - Maçka (exact pronounciation - "machka") district, just near the Taksım Area. The accommodation of participants will be organized in nearest hotels in Taksim Area.

Speakers

  • Douglas Cripe - GEOSS S&T ROADMAP and ITS IMPORTANCE for SOCIETAL BENEFITS of the BALKANS
  • Vladimir Crnojevic
  • Ian Dowman - PROSPECTS for MAPPING FROM EARTH OBSERVATION DATA and the ROLE of ISPRS
  • Nando Foppa - THE ROLE of SATELLITE DATA WITHIN the NATIONAL CLIMATE OBSERVING SYSTEM (GCOS SWITZERLAND)
  • Antti Jakobsson
  • Paolo Mazzetti - The EGIDA METHODOLOGY
  • Stefano Nativi - EuroGEOSS: Brokering Approach for the GCI
  • Petros Patias
  • Joan Maso - GeoViQua: The QUALITY CHALLENGES for GEOSS
  • Jay Pearlman - SOCIO-ECONOMIC BENEFITS FROM THE USE OF EARTH OBSERVATIONS
  • Hans Peter PlagFrancesco Sarti - THE EARTH OBSERVATION PROGRAMME of ESA - EDUCATIONAL TOOLS for SCHOOLS and CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES
  • Vojko Bratina
  • Athina Trakas - OPEN STANDARDS and the EO COMMUNITY - FROM PROCESSES, APPLICATIONS and the VALUE
  • Vasilis Tritakis - RISKS AND COST OF A POSSIBLE CLIMATIC CHANGE IN GREECE AND EASTERN MEDITERRANEANCornelis Vis
  • Peter Zeil - GEO CAPACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES - A PLATFORM FOR COOPERATION

Program

You can download the event program here

Download Presentations and Workshop results POST GEO WORKSHOP

Workshop results and conclusions will be presented in details in the forthcoming deliverable of OBSERVE project D3.3.