Recently, we hosted a workshop promoted by EUROGI, the European umbrella organisation for geographic information, to present and discuss some of the applications involved in the e-shape project, as well as its benefits. We bring you a summary of its content and the results achieved in the workshop.

A few months ago, EUROGI sent out a call to all its members to find out which of them would be interested in organising a workshop related to the e-shape initiative, financed by the European Union. Geograma let them know of our interest by sending a proposal that was finally accepted by this organisation.

What is the European e-Shape project?

e-shape (EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe), is an EU initiative that draws on data from the Copernicus programme to promote the development and adoption of 37 pilot applications grouped into 7 thematic areas. These address societal challenges, foster entrepreneurship and support sustainable development. These thematics are:

  1. Agriculture.
  2. Health.
  3. Energy.
  4. Ecosystem.
  5. Water.
  6. Disasters.
  7. Climate.

In this way, Europe is positioning itself as a benchmark in the observation of the territory, improving the assimilation of geographical data by users and its use for social progress.

How did the workshop develop?

It focused on 4 main presentations with corresponding discussion periods, as well as a final debate. We summarise what happened in each of them.

1.- Seasonal and short-range weather forecasts for Unesco cultural heritage monuments

This first presentation was given by Stavros Solomos, from the Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens.

The main objective of this pilot application is to provide 4-day and seasonal weather forecasts to help plan visits to Unesco cultural heritage monuments.

During the discussion period after the presentation, the following questions were raised:

2.- Satellite-based monitoring of algal blooms for reporting, management and early warning.

The second presentation was led by Annelies Hommersom of Water Insight, a Dutch company with more than 15 years of experience in using optical measurement technology to help improve water around the world.

The three main objectives of this pilot platform are:

  1. To offer products that provide information on the ecological status of phytoplankton biomass for the management of selected water bodies, based on chlorophyll-a concentrations derived from Earth observation data.
  2. Generate recognition and support for products based on spatial observation in the scope of the Water Framework Directive at political, administrative and management level.
  3. To take forward the recommendations made in the white paper “Satellite-assisted water quality monitoring to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive”.

During the discussion period, issues such as the following were raised:

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3.- Rheticus Aquaculture: Satellite monitoring service for smart aquaculture

The third presentation was on satellite monitoring service for smart aquaculture. It was given by Alessandra Bleve, from an Italian-based company with more than 27 years of experience in providing solutions to exploit the value of geospatial data in all phases of its life cycle.

The main objectives set for this pilot are:

During the discussion period the following issue was brought:

It was pointed out that aquaculture products need to have a specific model that predicts when the products will be marketed. It would be perfect to find a balance between what the market needs and what is available in the sea. 

Producers need not only environmental and biological parameters, but also economic and marketing parameters.Therefore, a question was raised:

4.- Simple water visibility information for dive planning for scuba diving

The final presentation was given by Simeon Wilkinson of the UK-based research organisation Plymouth Marine Laboratory. 

The main objectives of this pilot are:

During the discussion period, the following issues were raised:

Final group discussion

The workshop concluded with an interesting debate in which certain reflections related to aquaculture were put on the table, such as the following:

With this enriching debate, we brought to an end an event from which both the participants and the organisers benefited greatly. Of course, we will keep you up to date on the next ones where we will be present. Stay tuned and don’t miss them.