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| FP6-FP7 GEO related projects

EC framework Programmes of the European Commission The Research activities developed at the European Community level through tare focussed on the development and integration of the GEOSS, (including support to the GEO Secretariat).. In relation to the nine societal benefit areas of GEO strong emphasis is put on the need to integrate the European Earth Observation related research activities into the global picture. The development of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is also supported through FP7. When implemented, the various GMES services will represent a significant contribution from the EU to the GEOSS.

FP6 funded projects

FP7 first call of proposals-2007

The first call of proposals intended to fund GEO-related activity was issued at the end of 2006. Among all the submitted proposals the following projects have been selected.

FP7 second call of proposals-2008

The second call for proposal selected 4 projects, with focus on the development and integration of GEOSS, and with particular aim at reinforcing the architecture and structure of GEOSS.

As for the 2007 Work Programme, the Earth Observation sub-activity for 2008 is split into four main sections which are strategic for this activity and comply with GEO requirements, whilst focussing on European fields of interest:

1) Integration of European activities within GEO

European Environment Earth Observation system supporting INSPIRE and compatible with the GEOSS. Validated European system for geo-spatial information in Europe contributing to the implementation of the INSPIRE directive and fully compatible with GEOSS.

European approach to GEOSS

2) Cross-cutting research activities relevant to GEO

Monitoring and observing oxygen depletion throughout the different Earth system components. Improved capacity for monitoring and predicting oxygen depletion throughout the Earth system and evaluation of existing and future impacts on ecosytems. Contribution to understanding through the different Earth system components (terrestrial, marine, atmospheric) the fate of O2 as an essential element until now neglected in the observing and monitoring programmes.

In situ monitoring of oxygen depletion in hypoxic ecosystems of coastal and open seas, and land-locked water bodies

3) Earth Observation activities in emerging areas

Developing Earth Observation for the monitoring and prediction of environmental impacts from energy resource extraction, transportation and/or exploitation. Contribution to strategy for future exploitation of energy resources taking into consideration their relative abundance, likely shifts in energy use and the impact of their utilisation on the environment and the ecosystems.

Energy Observation for monitoring and assessment of the environmental impact of energy use

4) Developing capacity building activities in the domain of Earth observation in the new EU countries and in the developing countries

Developing necessary research activities for capacity building relevant to Earth Observation and GEO in the Black Sea basin. Comprehensive review and gap analysis built on existing local, national and regional initiatives to achieve the goals of the GEOSS, using all the available data concerning the shared observation and products in an accessible, comparable and understandable manner. Effective collaboration among different stakeholders to successfully initiate activities to optimise the system. Improved education, training, research and communication.

Building Capacity for a Black Sea Basin Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development

FP7 third call of proposals

A third call for proposal recently closed. Research activities of the new selected projects will be focussed on the development and integration of GEOSS. All the projects should start within 2009.

FP7 fourth call of proposals

A fourth call of proposal will be open until January 2010 for projects to be approved and to start in 2010.