Pioneering H2020 project e-shape, strengthens the benefits for Europe of GEO - establishing ‘EuroGEO’

EuroGEO, as Europe’s contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, aims at bringing together Earth Observation resources in Europe. It allows Europe to position itself as global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, making use of existing European capacities and improving user uptake of the data from GEO assets.                           


                                 Explore e-shape success stories

EO-based surveillance of mercury pollution
Success story
Mercury is a pollutant of global concern. Released to the atmosphere from several anthropogenic and natural sources, it deposits to oceans and terrestrial ecosystems affecting the food chain and ultimately human health. Its effects potentially impact on both human health and the environment, so it is necessary to take into consideration the pathways of exposure for people, and to implement a surveillance for the protection of human beings and of the environment. Efforts at European level have been aimed to develop a Transnational Environmental Observation System in Support of European & International Policies through the Integration of real-time monitoring data from various platforms, modelling tools and an advanced global cyber-infrastructure for data sharing and interoperability.
Company: National Research Council (CNR)
Proposal: New web services for reporting information, as for example atmospheric Hg concentrations in different World regions, mercury’ exchange fluxes between different environmental compartments (e.g. soil, oceans), as well as Hg bioaccumulation in biota. The solution makes use of advanced technologies in the field of EO as demonstrator on how massive datasets could be translated into knowledge and actions.
Atmosphere, Environmental, Pollution & Climate
Service for SDG 2.4.1 and 15.3.1 indicators assessment
Success story
The project provides informational service on the SDG indicators 2.4.1 “Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture” and 15.3.1 “Proportion of land that is degraded over total land area” based on the 10 m. agricultural land productivity and crop type mapping on Sentinel-2 data as well as Sen-4-CAP. This project created by Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU – the main scientific research organization on the remote sensing field in Ukraine, ERA-Planet programme member and Copernicus Academy member. The methodology for this pilot was developed within the ERA-Planet programme GEOEssential project. The workflows for data processing, crop type mapping and SDGs indicators assessment was developed and tested within Amazon GEO-Grant using Amazon computational resources. The project is compliant with European initiatives on the SDGs and Sendai Framework and the unique feature of the project is usage of moderate resolution Sentinel-1,2 and Landsat-8 mission images for land degradation assessment on the country and field levels. In addition, the project aims on the extent of the European technologies such as SEN-4-Cap, CREODIAS, GEOEsential workflows for territory of Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Company: Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU
Proposal: The main functions of the service is the assessment of the SDG indicators on the country level, regional land productivity assessment, crop maps analysis, agriculture statistics delivery, national SDG report preparation and field level land productivity calculation. The results of the project will valuable for scientific and private-business organizations as well as for academicals sector. The tool will allow to assess the land degradation and SDG indicators.
Vegetation-Index Crop-Insurance in Ethiopia
Success story
The project provides a (i) geodata driven drought monitoring services and (ii) a financial service delivery to smallholder farmers based on a geodata-driven risk-mitigation (insurance) product that offers a basic safety net to protect them against the weather related peril ‘drought’.
Company: University of Twente
Proposal: The service will consist of (i) detecting and insuring false starts of the main growing season, (ii) introducing a ‘new-generation’ drought monitoring service that provides locally accurate semi-quantitative impact assessments (0-100%), and (iii) creating support through a versatile App to create ground-inventories of farmers assessments regarding suffered yield-gaps.
Agriculture, Land use, Farming, Insurance & Finance
EO-based surveillance of POPs pollution
Success story
The Global Monitoring Plan (GMP) of the Stockholm Convention (SC) was established as an effective and sustainable global system to collect comparable, harmonized and reliable information on POP levels in core media (air, human tissues (breast milk/blood), and water) supporting the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention. The mandate for the effectiveness evaluation is Article 16 of the Stockholm Convention and decisions SC-5/18 and SC-7/25.
Company: Masaryk University
Proposal: The EO-based tool increases the availability and quality of information needed to tracks POPs and anticipate changes in the global environment through harmonizing metadata production, archiving, and sharing. The developed advanced web services might be used to support the effectiveness evaluation policy mandate of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and LRTAP Convention.
EO-based pollution-health risks profiling in the urban environment
Success story
According to UN's “World Urbanization Prospects: 2014 Revision” the continuing urbanization is projected to add 2.5 billion of urban population by 2050, and the world population living in cities to increase to 66%. Moreover, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO, 2016) Ambient Air Pollution Global Assessment, only one person in ten lives in a city that complies with the WHO Air Quality (AQ) guidelines. Thus, open access of high quality AQ information to stakeholders in a timely and comprehensible manner to foster informed decision making is imperative.
Company: National Observatory of Athens (NOA)
Proposal: The pilot follows the GEOSS Data Sharing and Management Principles and their inputs rely on: Copernicus free and open data policy, the data policies of the World Data Center for Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere (ICSU), ESA and EUMETSAT, EU/national projects compliant to open EO data policies. Through the exploitation and inter-comparison of EO platforms for AQ monitoring, AQ information will be integrated into the proposed solution, providing citizens and urban communities with exhaustive information.
Agro industry
Success story
Providing services able to support agriculture activities to resist and adapt to climate change and at the same time ensuring the increase of productivity in a sustainable manner. Showcasing that Copernicus data sets combined with the necessary in-situ data (collected based on information collected from farm machines, industry experts and field sensors), weather and soil data can deliver improved information for-and deliver economic value to European agricultural industry and farmers. The concept is built upon a smart combination of in situ, weather and EO data. Data collected in the GEOGLAM pilot of the Agricultural showcase will be adapted to address the needs of the agro industry.
Company: VITO
Proposal: The service aims at supporting agriculture activities to resist and adapt to climate change and at the same time ensuring the increase of productivity in a sustainable manner. The provision of improved indicators for agricultural monitoring based on in situ, meteo, soil and RS data, addresses the needs of agro industry and farmers. The tool supports agro consultants in their advice to farmers and demonstrate methodologies implementable at field level.
Agriculture, Land use, Farming

                                Meet the entities involved in e-shape