The e-Station is a processing server for the environmental monitoring of land condition in Africa.© EU, A. Brink; 2011
The eStation, Earth observation processing server
The JRC recently presented the new developments of its eStation, a processing server for the environmental monitoring of land condition in Africa. The improvements are described in an article published in the Ecological Informatics journal.
Developed by the JRC, the eStation is a system designed to automatically deal with the reception, processing, analysis and dissemination of key environmental parameters derived from remotely sensed data. Initially created as a stand-alone system – not connected to the internet – using an open source tool, the eStation has recently been further developed as a web processing service to allow a broader range of end-users, mainly policy-makers and governmental agencies, to access the data and services over the internet.
The eStation has been successfully deployed in 47 sub-Saharan countries in the context of the African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) project. The tool provides local institutions with the possibility to access a large range of remote sensing products (data, interfaces, maps) on vegetation, precipitation, fires and oceans. These products, derived from the processing of images coming from various satellite instruments including SPOT-Vegetation, MSG-SEVIRI and MODIS, allow end-users to generate their own local and regional assessments of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. eStation applications include the management of land, forest, protected area, food security and fisheries.
The JRC collaborates with African counterparts, such as the African Union Commission, regional economic commissions and national partners on the use of these data for environmental and resource management issues and capacity building.