Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 1075-1081, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-7-W3-1075-2015
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30 Apr 2015
EARTH OBSERVATION IN SUPPORT OF SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD “LAND AND ENVIRONMENT”: SYNTHESIS RESULTS FROM THE ESA-MOST DRAGON COOPERATION PROGRAMME
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 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.
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Citation: Cartalis, C., Asimakopoulos, D. N., Ban, Y., Bao, Y., Bi, Y., Defourny, P., Del Barrio, G., Fan, J., Gao, Z., Gong, H., Gong, J., Gong, P., Li, C., Pignatti, S., Sarris, A., and Yang, G.: EARTH OBSERVATION IN SUPPORT OF SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD “LAND AND ENVIRONMENT”: SYNTHESIS RESULTS FROM THE ESA-MOST DRAGON COOPERATION PROGRAMME, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-7/W3, 1075-1081, https://doi.org/10.5194/isprsarchives-XL-7-W3-1075-2015, 2015.

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