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Joint Research Centre (JRC)

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Key facts The primary mission of Space Application Institute (SAI) is to develop and promote the use of space derived data in the service of EU policies, especially those relating to agriculture, fisheries, transport and anti-fraud. SAI also seeks to make the best use of information from space systems, to maximize the return from European investments in space and to help the Union reinforce its role in international action on the environment and sustainable development. Combining the unique information available from space with modelling techniques, data management tools and the ever increasing possibilities for rapid dissemination of information offer SAI's activities a large range of applications.

Relevant expertise and experience The Marine Environment Unit of SAI (ME Unit) is one of the six Units of the Space Applications Institute and the only one addressing open ocean and coastal issues as there are:

  • the development of scientific investigations and (pre-) operational applications of remote sensing related to the marine environment with particular emphasis on monitoring and assessment of coastal environment (e.g. water quality, coastal change)
  • the promotion of integrated approaches to combine the use of remote sensing derived information, in-situ data and simulation techniques

Its working area and key activities are:

  • development of specific algorithms for the derivation of remote sensing data and development of specific remote sensing data archives (e.g. CZCS, SST)
  • customization and application of advanced simulation tools (e.g. data assimilation) for the description and assessment of physical and bio-geochemical processes in marine and coastal waters
  • integration of classical (cartographic), remote sensing data and data from numerical models via (distributed) information systems to support coastal zone management and monitoring activities.

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)
  • EMODnet Ingestion Service

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26 January 2011 12:53:43 PM