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CREODIAS at Phi Week 2019

The European Space Agency is organising a Φ-week event, 9-13 September 2019, focusing on EO Open Science and FutureEO - to review the latest developments in Open Science trends.

Come and hear about the latest trends in EO! The Φ-week will include a variety of events (e.g. inspiring talks, workshops, roundtables, startup pitch, hackathons) to connect multi-disciplinary communities - from EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, entrepreneurs, up to startup and innovators - to

(i) explore together how EO Open Science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies and

(ii) help shapeFutureEO missions and services

The conference is open to:

  • Scientists, educators, developers and students working in the fields covered by EO Science,
  • Representatives from National, European and International space and value adding industry interested in the new EO Science approach and activities.
  • EO start-up The working language of the conference is English. No participation fees will be charged. Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.

CREODIAS delegation will be present on-site, with our representative, Monika Krzyżanowska, presenting a lessons learned case study of the DIAS platform on thursday 12th of September. We invite all interested parties to attend and catch-up with our team.


S2GLC operating on CREODIAS

S2GLC is an international project funded by the European Space Agency and implemented by a consortium led by CBK PAN together with three partners: IABG, EOXPLORE and the University of Jena.

The aim of the project is to create a scientific basis for developing a future, global, land cover database using images of the Sentinel-2. The first phase of the project is primarily a detailed analysis of existing global land cover databases, such as CCI-LC, GlobCover, and GLC2000, with particular regard to the legends used in them. The results of this work will allow to define the technical requirements for the new base with high spatial resolution - S2GLC.

In the next stage, the most promising classification methods will be selected, covering different approaches (pixel/object/context), as well as supervised and unattended methods. The available reference data sets will be analyzed, which will be used as learning and validation data during testing. Selected methods will be tested in five test areas in different parts of the planet (in Italy, Germany, China, Colombia and Namibia).


CREODIAS at FOSS4G Bucharest

FOSS4G is the acronym for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. It is the annual recurring global event hosted by OSGeo since it's inception in 2006. Its predecessors were rooted in the GRASS and MapServer communities.

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster global adoption of open geospatial technology by being an inclusive software foundation devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development.

The foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration.

The FOSS4G was first coined in early 2004 as an acronym for Free and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics by a research group working on I18N of GRASS and MapServer. The first publication defining and using the FOSS4G acronym was published in Japan in March 2004 in a paper entitled "Development of training material and internationalization of GRASS GIS and MapServer for advancing FOSS4G solutions". It was later used at the Free/Libre and Open Source Software for Geoinformatics: GIS-GRASS Users Conference held between September 12 - 14, 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand in a publication entitled “Implementation of Web Map Server Test-bed and Development of Training Material for Advancing FOSS4G Solutions” and subsequently in several other international and national conferences and meetings.

We are happy to inform that our CREODIAS delegation will be present from wednesday (28.08.2019) till friday (30.08.2019), and you can find us at our CREODIAS booth.

 

 


Esri ArcGIS Pro now available on CREODIAS

We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with Esri we have implemented the possibility of using CREODIAS virtual machines with preinstalled and preconfigured software that will facilitate in the analysis and visualization of earth observation data.

 

Starting today (9th of August, 2019) our customers can use our cloud computing power in conjunction with Esri's ArcGIS Pro software connected with local and instant access to Earth Observation data repository - all Data sets are available on our data discovery section. Just in a few steps, you are able to run an environment with the prepared software plugged into our repository of earth observation data.


Our cloud with ArcGIS PRO software is available for new customers as well as for those who already have Esri's licenses. Thanks to one powerful tool you will be able to:
•    Create individual world maps with your own symbology, labels and annotations
•    Build dynamic maps, charts and tables for use in powerful and informative dashboards
•    Work with multiple displays and layouts in 2D and 3D modes
•    Share your maps and other created work for print, interactive web maps or custom applications

 

For those customers who would like to learn more about the possibility of using this advanced software, please visit the Esri’s website.

 

If you are interested in purchasing ArcGIS PRO license please visit the contact page and choose regional sales contact. The sales department will answer all your questions and help you choose which license will be perfect for your solutions.

 

In order to use those virtual machines, please visit our order portal and choose ‘Software ready Cloud Servers’ from Offer Type and pick one of the available flavors.

 

Our sales department will answer all your questions related to the product, and you will find all the information about VM Esri ArcGIS Pro in our FAQ (or you can access the page directly ‘How to register in MyEsri’) as well as in the Esri forum.


SMOS DATA on CREODIAS

ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission provides global measurements of L-band brightness temperatures, resulting in soil moisture and ocean salinity data sets from space. The mission objectives are:

(1) To provide global volumetric soil moisture estimates with an accuracy of 0.04 m3m-3 at a spatial resolution of 35-50 km and a temporal sampling of 1-3 days

(2) To provide global ocean salinity estimates with an accuracy of 0.1 practical salinity scale units for a 10-30 day average for an open ocean area of 200 x 200 km2,

(3) to provide daily sea ice thickness estimates based on MIRAS observations for the Northern hemisphere with a spatial resolution of a 10.000 km2 up to maximum values of 50 cm. SMOS observations additionally provide valuable information on vegetation and snow covered surfaces.

 

The payload of SMOS consists of the Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis (MIRAS) instrument, a passive microwave 2-D interferometric radiometer, operating in L-band (1.413 GHz, 21 cm) within a protected wavelength/frequency band. The SMOS mission is based on a sun-synchronous orbit (dusk-dawn 6am/6pm). SMOS measurements are made over a range of incidence angles (0 to 55°) across a swath of approximately 1000 km with a spatial resolution of 35 to 50 km. MIRAS can provide measurements in dual and full polarisation, with the latter being its present operating mode.

Useful links to read about SMOS: https://earth.esa.int/web/guest/missions/
esa-operational-eo-missions/smos