2017-03-27 15:36 by Christina Hirzinger
GeoVille put together 20 years of experience and launched a new land monitoring system for automatic Land Cover mapping built on Sentinel data streams fulfilling multi-user application requirements.
Global demand for quality-controlled data enabling timely monitoring of the Earth’s land cover has significantly increased. New sensors and continuous big data streams are bringing together high revisit capacities and high spatial resolution (i.e. the Sentinel mission) and there have been significant technological leaps in terms of big data storage, deep data mining know-how and user enabled data retrieval. Thus, GeoVille developed and implemented an automatic, customer proven system for global land cover mapping, called LandMonitoring.Earth, including flexible theme-specific time-series classification modules. This land monitoring system is supporting global classification systems, such as LCCS and Copernicus LMS and enables customers to trigger application specific information solutions.
For more information, please refer to: http://landmonitoring.earth/
2017-03-01 13:58 by Christina Hirzinger
Today marks the start of a new project, bringing an even better value to Copernicus data. We are excited about the potential of the "Earth Observation Value Adding Services (EO VAS)" project and the cooperation with Sinergise - a GIS IT company situated in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The objective of EO VAS is to reshape the Earth Observation Value Chain by significantly simplifying development and delivery of Earth Observation Added Value Services. It is built around Sinergise’s engine for archiving, processing and distribution of satellite data, and GeoVille’s extensive set of processing algorithms.
EO VAS is focusing on agriculture and non-life insurance as well as on the entire optical EO space industry application domain field. The main delivery of the project is an EO-Toolset that has the ambition to become the first virtual market place for EO VAS, where all participants in the EO value chain (end-users, data and service providers) can benefit.
The project’s innovation hub will foster development of EO services, becoming a virtual meeting place for the exchange of new ideas and encourages experimenting with EO VAS. It will present a virtual business incubator for emerging EO oriented start-ups that lack the means to commercialise their EO services by themselves.
The H2020 financed project, will provide a pre-processing engine for other EO domain services, helping them to reduce pre-processing costs and to turn their attention into domain expertise and higher quality of their products.
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.
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.
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.