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Global Climate and Environmental Data Sources to be Made More Accessible to Citizens Towards 2025
A new platform which will make access and use of earth observation (EO) data easier for environmental, government, and even business forecasts and operations has been announced by Horizon Europe’s EU-funded innovation consortium EO4EU during their launch on 29-30 June 2022, in Athens, Greece.
At any given time, satellites trained towards the Earth regularly feed data on various aspects from daily applications such as pollution levels or weather, to less obvious ones such as archaeological, health or marine applications. However, most of this data is only easily found,retrieved, used, and understood by scientists and technical experts specialised in their field. Some barriers that hinder the optimal use of the available data are the large volumes of data commonly found in the EO domain which make processing EO data a challenge. Another aspect is the lack of interconnection between the main sources of data and user friendly access mechanisms which prevent the development of new solutions or across different scientific domains. Work on interpreting environmental observation data is crucial in assessing climate change towards meeting sustainability criteria and supporting the European Green Deal and the climate and ecological transition.
Earth data at our fingertips
The EO4EU Platform, which will be available at www.eo4eu.eu, will connect already existing major EO data sources such as DestinE, GEOSS, INSPIRE, Copernicus, Galileo, among others and offer several tools and services to help users find and access the data they are interested in, as well as to analyse and visualise this data. The platform will leverage machine learning to support handling of the characteristically-large volume of EO data as well as a combination of Cloud computing infrastructure and pre-exascale high-performance computing to manage processing workloads . Specific attention is also given to developing user-friendly interfaces for EO4EU allowing users to intuitively use EO data freely and easily, even with the use of extended reality.
EO4EU Coordinator, Professor Stathes Hadjiefthymiades said, “The hope is that with EO data more accessible to non-technical users such as citizens and policy makers, more people can be involved in solving today’s societal challenges which EO data helps address. There are also many business opportunities that can be spurred with more available EO data. We’ve already seen how better access to EO data can be beneficial – from mapping and location services, to pollen and allergen monitors or even real-time weather updates.”