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GeoVille implements Copernicus HRLs

2016-09-22 11:16 by Christina Hirzinger

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has recently contracted GeoVille GmbH and its international partners to implement the update of the Copernicus High Resolution Layers (HRLs) Imperviousness, Forest, Grassland, Water/Wetness and Small Woody Features in the frame of the continental component of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS).

GeoVille will produce environmental data for 39 European countries, based on Sentinel satellite data from the space program Copernicus. The objective of the project is to provide satellite based information on Europe’s environmental state. The data obtained will be used for applications in the areas of infrastructure development, forest and water management, as well as protection against natural hazards.

In combination with our analytical frameworks and advanced algorithms for time series data mining, Sentinel data streams will become a game-changer for future Copernicus Land Monitoring Services and new high-resolution applications at global scale.

EEA press release

Forest dependency study presented at WB

2016-02-01 14:28 by Christina Hirzinger

GeoVille, together with representatives of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) presented their recent efforts to refine existing and develop new diagnostic tools to measure different dimensions of forest dependence at the World Banks Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) at Washington, DC.

In a joint presentation GeoVille and IUCN introduced a novel empirical methodological concept that has the potential to significantly scale-up data collection and analysis through use of earth observation. In particular, the concept can be used to identify vulnerable forest-dependent communities and gives a first insight into the complex relationship between socio-economic aspects and the diverse facets of forest resources use. The foundation of the proposed approach is a statistical linkage between ground-based survey information and ecosystem profiles derived from geospatial and available Earth Observation (EO) data. By incorporating remote sensed datasets, the concept provides a timesaving and cost-effective way to i) optimize investment decisions that would improve individual and community resilience and ii) provide verification of targeted interventions to confirm that investments produced the desired results.

The forest dependency study was presented during the BBL, drawing on country work in Eastern Europe and Russia. The main issue was to explore how this work could meet analytical needs in World Bank operations. The IUCN/GeoVille presentation was followed by commentaries by Bank staff on the utility of these diagnostics for the implementation of the upcoming Forest Action Plan and other policy and operational instruments.


Wetland Monitoring for Ramsar in Africa

2016-01-12 07:37 by Christina Hirzinger

GeoVille, together with DHI GRAS (Denmark), ITC (Netherlands) and Brockman Consult (Germany) as well as the technical universities in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Vienna (Austria), has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to carry out the GlobWetland Africa Project.

African wetlands are among the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. Human activities, however, like drainage for agriculture and settlement, excessive exploitation by local communities and improperly planned development put many of these under immense pressure. The future of African wetlands lies in a stronger political will to protect them, based on sound wetland policies and encouragement for community participation in their management.

ESA and the Ramsar Secretariat have jointly launched GlobWetland Africa as a major initiative to provide the major actors involved in the implementation of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Africa, with Earth Observation methods and tools to assess the conditions of wetlands under their areas of jurisdiction/study, and to better monitor their trends over time. The project will enable African authorities to make the best use of satellite-based information on wetland extent and condition for better measuring the ecological state of wetlands. To this end, an open source and free-of-charge software toolbox will be developed for the end-to-end processing of a large portfolio of EO products (including wetland inventory, wetland habitat mapping, inundation regimes, water quality, mangroves mapping and river basin hydrology). In addition, the project will also organize regional training courses for the partner organizations and ensure technical assistance during a period long enough to allow for an appropriation of the provided methods, tools, and products.

FFG Forum

2015-10-07 11:51 by Wolfgang Stemberger

Christian Hoffmann, CEO of GeoVille delivering a statement on international collaboration at the FFG Forum. Also on the Podium, ESA Director General Prof. Wörner, Director of OEAW Prof. Baumjohann and Head of ALR Dr. Geisler (credits: FFG/Klaus Morgenstern).

EC Conference on Earth Observation

2015-06-30 06:57 by Julia Bihar

Focus Africa - Water Observation and Information System WOIS. In an effort to promote the Water Observation and Information System (WOIS), Dr. Benjamin Koetz of ESA and Dr. Christian Hoffmann, CEO of GeoVille, hosted a presentation at the conference on Earth Observation for sustainable water resource management - data, tools & capacity development entitled "Satellites Looking for Water in Africa". The conference was organized by the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development on 22nd June 2015 in Brussels.

Christian Hoffmann, after thanking EU's DEVCO for providing this opportunity and ESA for the funding of TIGER-NET highlighted Earth Observation as a highly accurate and reliable tool for water resources management by monitoring and assessing the state of the resources in relation to fresh water quality and availability, water demand modelling, hydrological modelling and flood mapping/forecasting. Within the ESA-financed TIGER-NET project, GeoVille developed with DHI GRAS and research partners the satellite-based Water Observation and Information System. WOIS provides a significant capacity for monitoring, assessing and inventorying water resources in Africa in a cost-effective manner.