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March 12, 2012 - OBSERVE invited in the 6th GEO European Projects’ Workshop

OBSERVE project has been officially invited to and will participate in the 6th GEO European Projects’ Workshop (GEPW-6), which will take place on 7th and 8th May 2012 at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council of Italy) in Rome, Italy.

The objective of the event is to bring all those interested in and actively contributing to the GEOSS from all over Europe to present their work and actively discuss how Europe can contribute to GEO. This event will bring together all of GEO-related FP-funded projects as well as representatives from many European organisations and institutions.

More information on OBSERVE's activities in the framework of this event will be available soon.

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February 29 - March 01, OBSERVE meeting & CARAVAN Workshop

OBSERVE Consortium meeting in Sofia Bulgaria

The regular OBSERVE project meeting was held February 29, 2012 in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy. During the meeting the OBSERVE partners had the opportunity to review progress on fundamental parts of the projects and especially the policy roadmap, the competition and the OBSERVE events in Split and Thessaloniki. The Sofia meeting was also a preparatory meeting for the first of a series of OBSERVE CARAVAN workshop that will be launched in the Balkan countries.

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This 1st CARAVAN workshop that was held in  Sofia, (01.03.2012) Bulgaria was the first of a series of informational events organized by OBSERVE project and targetin g Balkan EO stakeholders.

Please download program here.

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For more information about the event please visit our EVENTS section


February 12, 2012 - Workshop for Slovenian Stakeholders, "GEO, GMES and national activities in Slovenia"

A workshop titled "Collection, processing and application of data on environment and spatial planning: GEO, GMES and national activities in Slovenia" was held at the Jozef Stefan Institute's Reactor Centre Podgorica on 16 February 2012.
The workshop was organized by the following parties:

  • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (Slovenian partner on OBSERVE)
  • Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenian partner on BalkanGEOnet and Slovenian partner on EGIDA)
  • Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies - SPACE-SI
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The fundamental purpose of the workshop, which was designed for Slovenian experts, stakeholders, local policy makers and academics concerning Earth Observations, was to inform the audience on the latest developments regarding International and Slovenian Earth Observation activities. In the morning session the first two keynote speakers, Herbert Haubold, PhD, from Environment Agency Austria, and Silvo Žlebir, PhD, from Slovenian Environment Agency, addressed issues related to GEO, GEOSS and GMES activities. Next speakers held presentations on EO developments and applications, national EO data and policies which might have an impact on the environment.

The afternoon round table, which was led by Krištof Oštir, PhD, from Slovenian Centre of Excellence - SPACE-SI, was opened by Vojko Bratina, PhD, with the presentation on EC strategy towards GEO and GMES. Participants of the round table discussion also included representatives from Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Jožef Stefan Institute, Geological Survey of Slovenia, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and Surveying and Mapping Authority. Invited guests and the audience discussed present opportunities and future challenges regarding EO data and financing of the European programmes. This was a good opportunity for participants to discuss perspectives, and share experiences and best practices in an open debate. The workshop concluded with an important statement that in Slovenia a common GEO and GMES forum for networking and application exchange is needed.

Downlload the full program here.


The workshop has attracted considerable attention of experts, government representatives, local policy makers, industry stakeholders, academics and students. Overall, there were 68 participants including 17 invited speakers and round table participants from the field of Earth Observations.

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A workshop has been video recorded by Hungarian partner on BalkanGEOnet project – Geonardo.
The video material and presentations of invited speakers are planned to be accessible on the web. The author’s permission is needed first in order to disseminate their work.


January 10, 2012 - Launch of the South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics [SEEJoEOG]

January 10, the 1st issue of the South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics [SEEJoEOG] is officially coming out.
The nine societal benefit areas (Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Water, Weather), identified by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) member states, clearly shows that Earth Observation is here only to benefit the citizens. This global effort can be traced in International Organizations and Initiatives like GEO (Group on Earth Observations), GEOSS Global Earth Observation System of Systems), CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites), and so on.

European Union lists its EO priority actions: satellite navigation, space for the benefit of the environment and the fight against climate change, secure space, and space exploration. Therefore a global picture of EO industry is progressing with actors, such as: (a) Providers of EO data, who are either public institutions or commercial enterprises; (b) Users of EO data, who are either institutions, companies, or the general public; and (c) Sources of EO data, which are either sensors/instruments, models/simulators, or databases.
The major effort is to provide timely, accurate and costly data for Land monitoring, Marine environment monitoring, Atmosphere monitoring, Emergency management, Security, and Climate change with the use of aerial-and satellite-based EO. And this requires, on one hand, user consultation, followed by algorithmic studies, processing activities, and validation efforts to convert satellite data and calibration constants into physically realistic information; on the other hand, a common processing approach guarantees the long term generation of consistent and traceable results.

Finally, ICT technologies emerged and provided the infrastructure for Open Geodata Standardization, uniformity in data (e.g. EU INSPIRE Directive) and wide availability of data sources through Geo portals (e.g. UNEP Geodata, FAO Geo-network, ICSU World Data System, EU INSPIRE Geoportal, EEA Urban Atlas, etc.)

Balkan countries, on the other hand, do not have a coherent and continuous approach towards the challenge of implementing integrated 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, the lack of substantial infrastructure, ineffective technological means and discontinuous record of participation to international organizations and committees.

The South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics (SEEJoEOG) aims at offering a scientific forum to experts from South-Eastern Europe, in order to enhance the scientific dialogue, fill the existing gap in policies and applications, build-up acquaintances, establish networks and co-operations and contribute to regional capacity building. For this reason it is free, open-access, e-journal to all; both authors and readers. Our major concern is not to exclude anybody from this effort.
All stakeholders of EO research, industry, academia and policy making, either situated or having interest in the region of SEE, are welcome to contribute and cordially invited to support our effort.
The Aristotle University is gratefully acknowledged for offering this free service to our scientific society.



December 2011 - Launch of the OBSERVE competition

"Promoting use of Earth Observation Data for the social benefit of the Balkans".

Participants from the Balkans are invited to analyse given air quality data sets and to report their findings to the organizers of the competition. The analysis results shall describe typical phenomena that are contained in the data such as pollution levels, their spatial relationships, temporal evolutions, etc.

Every participant is given access to a time series of air quality data that cover the entire Balkan region. Our aim is to acquaint the participants with data that shall be interpreted from different perspectives such as local and temporal phenomena, intensity variations, observed patterns, etc. The individual findings shall then be submitted to the organizers of the competition as a written report. A committee will assess the submissions and select a first prize winner and two runner-ups..

We expect to attract interest from academia (in particular, students) as well as from individuals being employed by institutions that want to learn more about the potential of Earth observation data for the Balkan area

The prize winners will be given the opportunity to present their results during the final event of the OBSERVE project that will be organized October 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Travel funding (air tickets, accommodation and registration fee, for OBSERVE’s final event in Thessaloniki) will be offered to the prize winners by the OBSERVE project.

Furthermore the prize winners’ contributions will be published to SEE-J-EOG (South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics).

Download the detailed guidelines for the OBSERVE competition and join us in Thessaloniki 2012. Detailed information regarding the competition can be downloaded from our website at the competition section



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