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Development of a common intraregional monitoring system for the
environmental protection and preservation of the Black Sea – ECO-Satellite

Group of activities 1

Design and development of system architecture

 

Aim and purpose:

The aim of GA1 is to design the architecture and develop the initial components of the monitoring system. Monitoring the status of natural ecosystems and the human pressures is a primary step in designing effective protection and conservation measures. Several systems for environmental monitoring have been proposed in literature and projects reports. However, considering the notable advantages of geoinformatics, emphasis will be given in these well established methodologies which incorporate multispectral satellite images, satellite altimeters, scanning sonars, and geographic analysis in a GIS. A review of scientific, technical and legal framework for environmental monitoring will be performed. The latter will lead to the design of a monitoring protocol, which will define the monitoring parameters, their frequency, scale, accuracy, etc. per type of site (wetland, coastal, marine). These will provide input to the selection and adaptation of appropriate innovative technologies for monitoring the natural environment of the Black Sea and their related human pressures. The main focus will be on digital image processing, spatial interpolation, time series analysis, fusion of multiple data source, using several data sources (satellite images, in-situ observations, scans, time series, etc.). Finally, the preliminary integration of the components into a monitoring system will be designed.

 

Activities description

  • Activity 1: Review of scientific, technical and legal framework for environmental monitoring
  • Activity 2: Design of a monitoring protocol
  • Activity 3: Adaptation of innovative technologies for environmental monitoring in the Black Sea
  • Activity 4: Design of system architecture AUTh, DAMTH

 

Expected outputs:

  • Methods Compendium: describes the results of the review and identifies the most prominent methods (50 pages, in English).
  • Monitoring Protocol: defines the monitoring parameters, their frequency, scale, accuracy, etc. per type of site (wetland, coastal, marine) (60 pages, in English).
  • Design Justification Document: describes the design and development of the monitoring system and its components, customized for the conditions of Black Sea (50 pages, in English).

Expected results:

  • Increased expert knowledge on environmental monitoring.
  • Increased specific knowledge regarding the monitoring requirements.