A cyberinfrastructure to accelerate uptake of environmental information and help build user communities at European and global levels

Open-Earth-Monitor

The mission of Open-Earth-Monitor is to accelerate uptake of environmental information to guide current and future users in research, decision-making and citizens toward the most sustainable solutions.

Earth Observation technology is at the forefront of our efforts in solving the climate crisis

Yet this information is often inaccessible, incompatible and under-used for practical actions or policy-making.

Project objectives

That will be used to develop a general framework for increasing uptake and accessibility/exploitability of environmental observation information.

Produce an inventory of user needs, data and knowledge

In access for European stakeholders to existing European and global environmental observation data and actionable information.

Achieve notable and permanent improvement

to enable targeted end-users to monitor the status of natural resources at European and global scales, and production of environmental Business-2-Business solutions.

Produce a suite of intuitive tools

to enhance the FAIRness (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) of environmental observation data.

Build a comprehensive systematic platform

for processing and serving EarthObservation data, environmental in-situ-data, and Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and HPC models (OEMC-computing-engine).

Provide operational solutions

Open-Earth-Monitor in a nutshell

22 Partner organizations
Funding: 12,701,292.84 EUR
1 June 2022 - July 2026
Call: (HORIZON-CL6-2021-GOVERNANCE-01)

Working Packages

Open-Earth-Monitor is a multisectoral project and our consortium includes diverse partners, connecting European institutes at the frontier of data science and land monitoring.

This WP is dedicated to the organization and leadership of the project, organising project meetings, making action plans, discussing and distributing decisions, producing working and official project documents (technical and financial reports), and organizing the overall project management.

WP2 ensures the close connection of all project activities to stakeholder needs and to maximise the impact and uptake FAIR environmental data by: (1) Establishing a multi-layered stakeholder dialogue structure and engaging them throughout the project, (2) Collecting and analysing EU and national level stakeholder needs and preferences, (3) Analyse the status of FAIR environmental.

 

WP3 aims to build generic tools that can then be used in WPs 5-6, specific objectives include: (1) to develop generic data science, Earth Observation / data cube processing tools built on top of existing services (DIAS, xcube processing service, openEO, EuroDataCube, Sentinel Hub), (2) to increase user-engagement by enabling easier access to data, (3) to provide specialised libraries that can be used to generate value-add data from EO (remote sensing data cubes) and in-situ (training points) data, (4) to provide tailored tools to support Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS).

The heterogeneity of in-situ observations in terms of type, format, access and usability is addressed in this WP identifying, processing and making them accessible and usable in and outside the project through (1) ensuring data FAIRness and access in consolidated repository and observation networks, (2) increase the level of FAIRness and ensure access in standard format to (meta) data from other existing networks, (3) evaluate the potential and make data accessible for new observatory platforms not yet routinely used in synthesis and integrative activities like the one proposed in the project.

 

This WP (1) provides a generic framework for visualization of environmental information (tools to users to get data insights in a user-friendly manner), (2) develops a front-end solution (data portal) to enable users to access in situ data produced in WP4, and (3) develops a data and analysis portal (based on the European Terrestrial Reference System / ETRS89) serving EU governance and supporting EU programmes

 

This WP aims (1) to develop a suite of tools and datasets based on the OpenEM engine (WP3 and WP4) that demonstrate its capacity to monitor the state of the planet and to support global programmes (eg. GEOSS and UNFCCC); and (2) to provide global datasets (in Equi-7 and WGS84 systems) that can contribute towards making data-driven diagnostics of the state of the Earth, which can support the development of Digital Twins of the Earth under the DestinE initiative.

 

WP7 is dedicate to (1) define tailored and fit-for-purpose data governance structures that enable fair and efficient post-project exploitation by all interested parties;

(2) follow and check all project outcomes that they: (a) are compatible, (b) match in spacetime, (c) follow the FAIR principles and (d) do not pose potential threats to the environment derived from AI/model systems;

(3) iteratively develop a clear business strategy to transition to post-project operations of cloud-based services in compliance with all relevant legislations (e.g. Artificial Intelligence Act); (4) ensure project outcomes contribute to expected impacts and to ensure sustainable use of project results

WP7’s objectives are (1) to enhance communication, dissemination and collaboration within the project and externally, (2) to establish and follow-up the communication and dissemination strategy, (3) to maintain project media including website, newsletters and public presentations, (4) to organise and manage events including workshops and hackathons, (5) to enable and assist publication of research outputs (through multimedia production).

a suite of tools enabling European and global users to search and use data in the office and in the field.

The Open-Earth-Monitor Cyberinfrastructure

Project consortium

That constrain data findability, access and interoperability

5 key Big Earth Data challenges

Complex datasets and limited processing capacity on user side

Data complexity

Ever-growing data quantity and volumes.

Volumes

Non-standardized data formats and dissemination workflows

Formats

Increasing amount of data portals

Accessibility

Difficulty in discovering data

Findability

Research and innovation activities

Open-Earth-Monitor builds upon numerous Horizon and ESA projects.

Open-Earth-Monitor builds on multiple active and past Horizon and international projects where consortium members are either acting as leads or have contributed significantly. This project comes with high ambitions exactly because it is rooted in almost 100 million EUR of existing EU funding. Connected projects include: ICOS, ENVRI-FAIR (GA no. 824068), LifeWatch, USMILE (GA no. 855187), COS4Cloud (GA no. 863463), LandSense (GA no. 689812), Euro Data Cube (ESA), Global Earth Monitor (GA no. 101004112), AgriCapture (GA no. 101004282), MAIA, Geo-wiki.org, DCS4COP (GA no. 776342), Restor.eco, Dione (GA no. 870378), OpenEO H2020 (GA no. 776242), OpenDataScience.eu (2018-EU-IA-0095), TreeTalker networkCCI Snow and many others.

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