Practical healthcare applications from Earth-observation data

Novel solutions for monitoring air quality and ultraviolet radiation are set to emerge from an EU-funded project that will harness unprecedentedly detailed data from new Earth-observation satellites.

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  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
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  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
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  China
  Colombia
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Published: 6 November 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
EnvironmentEarth Observation  |  Health & environment  |  Urban living
Health & life sciencesMajor diseases  |  Public health
Innovation
Research policyHorizon 2020
SpaceSpace hardware
Countries involved in the project described in the article
Belgium  |  Finland  |  Greece  |  Italy  |  Netherlands  |  United Kingdom
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Practical healthcare applications from Earth-observation data

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The EU-funded AURORA project will develop technologies to turn data from the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 missions – due to be launched as part of the European Space Agency’s Copernicus programme – into practical, actionable information that will help protect the health of European citizens.

The Sentinel missions will deploy cutting-edge instruments in space capable of monitoring ozone in the Earth’s atmosphere with unprecedented accuracy. Ozone is a powerful oxidant that constitutes a respiratory hazard for humans at ground level, but in the upper atmosphere it plays an important role in preventing harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface.

By combining geostationary and low Earth orbit high-resolution sensor data in different frequency ranges, the AURORA team will develop tools able to generate near real-time short-term models of air pollution in urban areas as well as estimates of ultraviolet radiation exposure. The tools should help cities to combat air pollution, help people with respiratory problems avoid areas with poor air quality and provide accurate warnings of levels of ultraviolet radiation – a skin cancer risk factor.

Initially working with simulated data to test advanced data-fusion algorithms, the project team plan to subsequently deploy the full capabilities of the technology after the launch of the Sentinel missions.

The ultraviolet monitoring system will be implemented in an app including personalised data on the photo-protection properties of a user’s skin and near real-time monitoring of ultraviolet radiation absorption. The air pollution monitoring system will be deployed to provide awareness of actual air quality in cities in near-real time at high spatial resolution, down to neighbourhood or street level, and transform this information into practical recommendations for citizens and city officials.

Project details

  • Project acronym: AURORA
  • Participants: Italy (Coordinator), Greece, Netherlands, Finland, United Kingdom, Belgium
  • Project N°: 687428
  • Total costs: € 2 993 146
  • EU contribution: € 2 993 146
  • Duration: February 2016 to January 2019

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