Ecological sustainable Governance of Mediterranean protected Areas via
improved Scientific, Technical and Managerial Knowledge Base
Technical Joint Meeting
Athens 14 November 2017, 08.45
Hotel Royal Olympic
The Mediterranean region is heavily dependent on natural ecosystems in terms of the quality of life and well-being of citizens, territorial attractiveness and hence the economic value of the whole area. Natural resources in the region are extremely valuable and have been recognized as a major driving force for socio-economic development.
In order to preserve natural ecosystems and facilitate the sustainable development of the Mediterranean basin protected areas, the overall objective of the European Co-funded EcoSUSTAIN project is to increase the management capacity of protected areas while developing integrated management and networking methodology as well as innovative water quality monitoring tools.
In order to develop the transferability of the EcoSUSTAIN Project results, ARATOS TECHNOLOGIES together with the other project partners are organizing a Technical Joint Meeting in Athens on November 14, 2017.
The event will create conditions for the dissemination of the Project's know-how and the future reproduction of its results. Presented project solutions will be presented with an emphasis on satellite images of water quality monitoring. At the Greek level, the pilot implementation of the long-term monitoring solution will take place in the area of ecological development of Karla - Mavrovouni - Kefalovrysos - Velestino by ARATOS TECHNOLOGIES.
The technical objectives of the event are:
1) A description of the main results of the project, the means, the experiences,
2) Presentation of Needs and Expectations by Local Interested Bodies,
3) Discussion on the verification of the quality of the results, adaptation, direct implementation and future sustainability,
4) Conducting a Press Conference.
EcoSUSTAIN Project Partners
The municipality of Nafplio is now equipped with an integrated Smart City system that offers relevant to the citizens' and visitors' interests information on important topics with a simple move of their smartphone in 52 locations throughout the Municipality!
The first heatwave of this year's summer season is already in front of the gates! The next few days are expected to be particularly hot and difficult especially for the sensitive groups of our fellow citizens.
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ADC now includes a new service: a Greenhouse Effect related index (Downward Surface Longwave Flux) of the Earth's surface as received from Eumetsat satellites. DSLF is the result of atmospheric absorption, emission and scattering within the entire atmospheric column and may be defined as the thermal irradiance reaching the surface in the thermal infrared spectrum (4-100 µm).
ADC now includes a new service: Daily updates of Albedo (reflectance / optical brightness) of the Earth's surface as received from Eumetsat satellites. Surface Albedo is measured as ratio of radiation reflected to the radiation incident on a surface. Albedo values shown on the ADC’s map interface are normalized between 0 and 1 over areas of 3 square kilometers.
Aratos Technologies is responsible for the development and implementation of a long-term monitoring solution of protected natural parks, based on satellite remote-sensing technologies that provide complete, synoptic geographical coverage of water quality of inland fresh water systems (such as lakes, reservoirs, rivers, wetlands and dams). Aratos Technologies will provide the software tool, the relevant implementation manual and also training of users.
Aratos Disaster Control (ADC) is offering its disaster prediction and monitoring capabilities in a global scale. We have created a specific use case scenario focusing on Chile, South America, implementing a specific subset of our satellite data layers mainly concerning wildfires.
Aratos Technologies, always thinking how to offer more and better tools and fulfill the clients’ needs, has developed a new tool that calculates two Land Cover Ratio indexes, the Farmlands to Forest areas ratio index and the Pastures to Forest areas ratio index.
ADC now provides integrated use of satellite navigation data in the form of tracking vehicles or people through gps and providing information about them, all depicted in the ADC’s user interface.
Tracking vehicles and people can be useful for civil protection services and local authorities for land and sea monitoring, as well as monitoring a person of interest due to restriction or protection circumstances. It is also useful to a wider audience of users and consumers who want to track a specific order, or even a person in need of medical treatment (e.g. an Alzheimer patient that wandered away).
ADC now includes a new service: Daily updates of Snow Cover maps as received from satellite data.
Snow cover is of great importance to scientists in order to monitor Earth’s climate. Snow covered areas reflect 80-90% light resulting in Earth’s surface cooling and more outgoing radiant energy.
Snow Cover combined with Land Surface Temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius result in creating sheet of snows on the ground. These sheets of snow result into snowmelt, which is very important for areas that use it as drinkable water. It is also very important for farmers who use it as a means of irrigating their crop fields.