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Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 1075–1081, 2015
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 1075–1081, 2015

  30 Apr 2015

30 Apr 2015


C. Cartalis1, D. N. Asimakopoulos1, Y. Ban2, Y. Bao3, Y. Bi4, P. Defourny5, G. Del Barrio6, J. Fan7, Z. Gao8, H. Gong9, J. Gong10, P. Gong11, C. Li12, S. Pignatti13, A. Sarris14, and G. Yang15 C. Cartalis et al.
  • 1Department of Environmental Physics, University of Athens, Greece
  • 2KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • 3Inner Mongolia Normal University, China
  • 4University of Ulster, UK
  • 5Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • 6Estacion Experimental de Zonas Aridas (CSIC), Spain
  • 7National Satellite Meteorological Center, China
  • 8IFRIT – Chinese Academy of Forestry, China
  • 9College of Resource Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, China
  • 10Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • 11Center for Earth System Science, Tsinghua University, China
  • 12Academy of Opto-Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • 13National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Environmental Analysis, Italy
  • 14Foundation for Research and Technology, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Greece
  • 15Beijing Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture, China

Keywords: Land and Environment, scientific knowledge, EO data, policy making

Abstract. Dragon is a cooperation Programme between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the P.R. China. The Programme, initiated in 2004, focuses on the exploitation of ESA, Third Party Missions (TPM) and Chinese Earth Observation (EO) data for geo-science and applications development in land, ocean and atmospheric applications. In particular, the Programme brings together joint Sino- European teams to investigate 50 thematic projects. In this paper, the results of the research projects1 in the thematic field “Land and Environment” will be briefly presented, whereas emphasis will be given in the assessment of the usefulness of the results for an integrated assessment of the state of the environment in the respective study areas. Furthermore new knowledge gained in such fields as desertification assessment, drought and epidemics’ monitoring, forest modeling, cropwatch monitoring, climate change vulnerability (including climate change adaptation and mitigation plans), urbanization monitoring and land use/cover change assessment and monitoring, will be presented. Such knowledge will be also linked to the capacities of Earth Observation systems (and of the respective EO data) to support the temporal, spatial and spectral requirements of the research studies. The potential of DRAGON to support such targets as “technology and knowledge transfer at the bilateral level”, “common EO database for exploitation” and “data sharing and open access data policy” will be also presented. Finally special consideration will be given in highlighting the replication potential of the techniques as developed in the course of the projects, as well as on the importance of the scientific results for environmental policy drafting and decision making.