The expertise of the BEYOND partnering organisations cover the whole set of IAASARS/NOA Research Domains, i.e. Meteorological and manmade hazards, Geophysical hazards, Atmospheric perturbations and air quality. The BEYOND partnering organisations and members of the SC and EAC have been carefully selected in order to include key players from European and international EO and atmosphere related communities, including research institutions, governmental end-users and one international organization (World Meteorological Organisation).

The geographical distribution of the partnering organisation that will support IAASARS/NOA through the BEYOND project is depicted in the following map:


The strengths behind the BEYOND Consortium are:

  • It consists of institutions which are leading in their domain and have major experience in the field of R&D programs at national and international levels;
  • It consists of institutions committed to support IAASARS/NOA through the tasks they have been attributed; and
  • Significant players that have strong international connections but do not belong to any of the partnering organisations will support IAASARS/NOA to its vision to become an EO based disaster monitoring centre of excellence by offering guidance and their expertise through membership in the EAC.

Capacity Building

Overview 1
  • Building Institutional Capacity

    Institutional capacity (p.1)

    BEYOND will develop and foster the environment for EO data and products optimised exploitation, and provide tools to be used for different purposes, with several end-users. Improved EOs help reduce disaster losses by increasing the scientific understanding of why, where, how, and when natural disasters occur, characterizing natural hazards and their risks, using natural and human infrastructure to minimize impact, and detecting/tracking hazardous phenomena through monitoring networks, improved disaster response policies, and implementation. BEYOND will provide unbiased, synoptic and timely information on the nature and effect of disasters, as well as reliable estimates of disaster damage, the location and extent of disaster-affected areas, and an assessment of the post-disaster situation. This will provide to policy makers and planners important information to reduce vulnerability, strengthen preparedness and advise to decision making regarding mitigation and adaptation practices following a natural extreme event. Upon the enhancement of understanding of policy makers and other organizational structures, in governments and organizations, of the value of EO data and products, the potential for building focused and strategically designed policies and programs will commence as a natural next step.

  • Building Institutional Capacity

    Institutional capacity (p.2)

    The building of the appropriate environment for integrated EOs use and development will additionally enforce IAASARS/NOA and other involved entities towards better integration into the European Research Area (ERA), via long-lasting partnerships, and establishment of twining cooperation schemes. It is finally anticipated that BEYOND will contribute to improve Institute’s competitiveness in FP7 and other European funding opportunities, which is necessary for the sustainability of BEYOND in future. The External Advisory Committee will contribute for a sustainable and long-lasting integration of IAASARS/NOA to ERA by providing guidelines for improving the IAASARS/NOA innovation potential, cutting edge technologies and existing roadmaps from organizations and agencies (e.g. WMO, ESA). Moreover, two legal representatives to the FP7 for Greece, Ms Georgia Tzenou, and Dr Xenophon Tsilimparis, participating in the External Advisory Committee, will train IAASARS/NOA personnel for better preparing FP7 proposals. It is expected that the close cooperation with all our EU partners, together with discussions on future FP7 projects planned at annual project meetings and the proposal-writing seminars, will increase the prospects for BEYOND consortium to participate in other FP7 projects.

  • Building Institutional Capacity

    Institutional capacity (p.3)

    Strong contribution to this direction will be given by the External Advisory Committee and specifically through the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT). EKT develops the “Research and Innovation” website (www.ekt.gr/research) and supports the Greek CORDIS web service (cordis.europa.eu/greece). Moreover, the Centre collaborates closely with the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, the European Commission, and various EU networks, such as the National Contact Points’ Network, CORDIS, Euro Info Centres and the IPR-Helpdesk.

  • GCU

    Global Change Unit, Department of Earth Physics and Thermodynamics, University of Valencia

    • Spain

    The University of Valencia is a public centre for education and research in Spain. The Global Change Unit (GCU) is a research unit of the University of Valencia, Department of Earth Physics and Thermodynamics, and one of the pioneer groups in Spain in using Satellite Remote Sensing.

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    Remote Sensing Laboratory, University of Valladolid

    • Spain

    The Remote Sensing Laboratory of the University of Valladolid in Spain, LATUV is a Research, Development and Innovation Centre in the field of spatial monitoring. Its activities include every field that can be studied from space: forests, agriculture, biophysics parameters, environment, fishing, forest fires, erythematic radiation, development of new algorithms etc. LATUV is founder of Deimos-Imaging, the first private European Company having its own EO satellite, Deimos-1.

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  • BSC

    Earth Science Department, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

    • Spain

    BSC, located in Barcelona, is the National Supercomputing Facility of Spain. It manages Mare Nostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of BSC is to investigate, develop and manage information technology in order to facilitate scientific progress. The organization of BSC has a main scientific structure divided into four Departments, which cover areas of: Computational Sciences (CS), Life Sciences (LS), Earth Sciences (ES) and Computer Applications (CASE). BSC has been particularly active in the 6th and 7th Framework. In the framework of BEYOND, IAASARS/NOA will proceed on twinning with the Earth Sciences department of BSC (ES-BSC).

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  • KCL

    Department of Geography, King's College London

    • UK

    King's College London (KCL) is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2011/12 QS World University Rankings), and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has nearly 23,500 students (of whom more than 9,000 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and approximately 9,000 employees. It offers an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions. King's is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.

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  • NILU

    Norwegian Institute for Air Research

    • Norway

    NILU Head Office is located in Kjeller of Norway. NILU is an independent, non-profit institution. Through its research NILU increases the understanding of processes and effects of climate change, of the composition of the atmosphere, of air quality and of hazardous substances. Based on its research, NILU markets integrated services and products within the analytical, monitoring and consulting sectors. NILU is concerned with increasing public awareness about climate change and environmental pollution.

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    Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Marmara Research Center

    • Turkey

    TUBITAK MRC is a multi-disciplinary, technologically advanced institution with a staff of respected scientists who provide extensive services and sophisticated laboratories that are equipped with the most advanced equipment. It consists of the following institutes : (i) Chemistry Institute; (ii) Environment Institute; (iii) Earth and Marine Sciences Institute; (iv) Energy Institute; (v) Food Institute; (vi) Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology Institute; and (vii) Materials Institute. The Materials Institute (MI) of MRC is one of the proposed partnering organisations of IAASARS/NOA in the BEYOND project.

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  • IMAA

    Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, National Research Council of Italy – CNR

    • Italy

    The Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis, with Headquarters at the Basilicata region, is part of the Department of Earth and Environment of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The research activities of IMAA have always been devoted to the development and integration of satellite, airborne and in-situ EO technologies in order to studyenvironmental and geophysical processes.

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  • ISAC

    Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, National Research Council of Italy -CNR

    • Italy

    ISAC is a national institute of CNR. The Institute is established to carry on activities of research, promotion and technology transfer in the following disciplines: (i) Meteorology and its applications; (ii) Climate change and predictability; (iii) Atmospheric structure and composition; and (iv) Observations of the planet Earth. IAASARS/NOA will collaborate with the Dynamic Meteorology Division (DMD) of ISAC, which includes basic and applied Meteorology, Dynamics of the Atmosphere and of the coupled Atmosphere-Ocean system, Turbulence at different scales, Predictability and DynamicClimatology. The entire spectrum of atmospheric scales of motion, from the boundary layer to the planetary circulation, including Climate Dynamics, is considered. In the period 2003 - 2007, ISAC staff published 515 papers in ISI journals and participated in 274 Projects: 52 EU Projects (7 coordinations); 25 other international projects (ESA, EUMETSAT, COST, or Bilateral); 122 National Projects (13 coordinations); 43 industrial projects (3 coordinations). The economic value of these projects is about 25 M€, 76,6% of which provided by third parties. The ISAC total staff includes more than 150 persons. The institute is responsible for different field facilities and two linux-based computing clusters.

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    • Switzerland

    Sarmap is a Swiss manager-owned private company aiming to provide consulting services, software development and applications in the domain of remote sensing, particularly airborne and spaceborne SAR data processing, interferometry and polarimetry. The application areas of expertise include: Software development and Capacity Building, Land Displacements measurement, Digital Elevation Model generation, Agriculture and Food Security and Forestry

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  • RHMS

    Republic Hydrometereological Service

    • Serbia

    RHMS of Serbia is the referential organization for making and presenting of weather forecasts and for issuing severe weather warnings. Specifically, it is concerned with Environmental control (water and air quality), Meteorology, Numerical Weather prediction, Weather Forecast, Hail suppression and Hydrology. It is a WMO member since 1947 and hosts the South East European Virtual Climate Change Centre (SEEVCCC). The international co-operations of RHMS include: (a) a permanent representative of Serbia with WMO and participation in the WMO commissions on Instruments and Methods of Observations, Climatology, Atmospheric Science, AeronauticalMeteorology, Maritime Meteorology, Agricultural Meteorology, Hydrology; (b) cooperation with EUMETSAT and access to satellite images in real time, Participation in several research programmes, education of our experts; (c) cooperation with the European Centre for Medium- Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) including the access to analytical and forecasting products of the Centre; access to forecasts up to ten days, seasonal forecasts, participation of our experts in courses.

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  • GFZ

    German Research Centre for Geosciences, Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam

    • Germany

    The GFZ, which currently has 1000 employees including 350 scientists and 100 doctoralvcandidates, is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. GFZ investigates “System Earth” at locations all over the world with all the geological, physical, chemical and biological processes which occur at its surface and in its interior. The goal of GFZ interdisciplinary research is to understand these processes on all scales of time and space, whether they occur at the level of atoms and molecules or galaxies, and independently of whether they take place faster than the blink of an eye in nanoseconds or if they happen infinitely slowly over billions of years. GFZ not only investigates the processes within the planet itself, but also studies the multitude of interactions between solid earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the inhabited world. GFZ also analyses how man, living at the Earth's surface, affects our planet. In sum, GFZ research deals with the entire “Earth System” including the influence of mankind. The object of research of the GFZ is the Earth System – our planet, on and from which we live. GFZ studies the history of the Earth and its characteristics, as well as the processes which occur on its surface and within is interior. GFZ also investigates the many interactions which exist between the various parts of the system, the geosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and finally the biosphere.

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    Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research

    • Germany

    The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS, www.tropos.de) is an independent research institution and member of the Leibniz Association. The institute has a well-defined research profile with focus on aerosols and clouds. The expertise of its about 85 scientists ranges from physical and chemical laboratory studies, to large field experiments in which in-situ and remote-sensing techniques from ground and on aircraft are applied, to numerical modelling of cloud processes and aerosol transport. TROPOS has been an active or leading partner in many international projects on cloud, aerosol, and climate research (e.g. ACCENT, ACE-2, ACE-Asia, BBC, CARIBIC, CLACE, EARLINET, EUCAARI, EUSAAR, INDOEX, MEGAPOLI, SAMUM, ACTRIS).

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  • AU_EO

    The Remote Sensing Laboratory of the University of Aberystwyth

    • UK

    Aberystwyth University (AU) has a world leading Earth Observation (EO) division, based in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (IGES). AU_EO is equipped with the most modern infrastructure and state of the art for research in EO, which fulfils all requirements to support different aspects of world-class research as that might be required in BEYOND. AU_EO has access to the High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities of Wales, for demonstrating the exploitation of HPC to the processing and analysis of EO in BEYOND.

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  • CEN

    Institute of Geography - Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, University of Hamburg, Germany

    • Germany

    Universitat Hamburg is the largest research and educational institution in northern Germany. It offers a diverse range of taught programs for more than 40000 students coupled with excellent research employing more than 4000 scientists. One of the University’s key research areas is ‘Climate, Earth, Environment’. Within this scientific focus, the University has been awarded the national cluster of excellence ‘Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction’ (CliSAP). The Institute for Geography is a member of the Centre for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) and has developed a high level of expertise in urban geography and more specifically in remote sensing of urban climates and vulnerability assessment.
    The collaboration with CEN in BEYOND will advance NOA/IAASARS knowledge on sharpening land surface temperature images for monitoring of the thermal urban environment as key thematic area of BEYOND. Moreover, two-ways twinnings with CEN’s and NOA’s researchers and common publications are foreseen.

    Collaborators from CEN:
    Dr. Benjamin Bechtel
    Prof. Dr. Jurgen Bohner

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  • INGV

    Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

    • Italy

    Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) has a mandate to gather all scientific and technical institutions operating in Geophysics and Volcanology and to create a permanent scientific forum in the Earth Sciences, in Italy. INGV cooperates with universities and other national public and private institutions, as well as with many research agencies worldwide.
    The main mission of INGV is the monitoring of geophysical phenomena in both the solid and fluid components of the Earth. INGV is devoted to 24-hour countrywide seismic surveillance, real-time volcanic monitoring, early warning and forecast activities. State-of-the-art networks of geophysical sensors deliver a continuous flow of observations to the acquisition centers of Rome, Naples and Catania, were the data are analyzed around the clock by specialized personnel. In addition to being analysed for research and civil defense purposes, the data supplied by numerous monitoring networks are regularly distributed to the public institutions concerned, to the scientific community and to the public.

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  • INOE

    National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics, Romania

    • Romania

    The National R&D Institute for Optoelectronics – INOE 2000 was established in 1996 by Governmental Decision. The Institute develops fundamental and applicative research in optoelectronics, analytical chemistry and mechanical engineering, aligning itself to the vital scientific directions of the European Research Area. The Institute comprises six research departments, two certified test laboratories and two legal subsidiaries: the Institute of Analytical Instrumentation Research - ICIA (http://www.icia.ro) and the Hydraulics and Pneumatics Research Institute – IHP (http://www.ihp.ro). The institute is located in Magurele Physics Platform, situated at 8 km South to Bucharest, while its subsidiaries are located in Bucharest (IHP) and in Cluj-Napoca (ICIA). An important effort is continuously dedicated for keeping up the cohesion in the research activity by creating and sustaining a regional knowledge network. The total number of 160 specialists are employed in research, development and innovation (RDI) activities.

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  • UK Met Office

    National Weather Service, United Kingdom

    • United Kingdom

    The Met Office is the well-known UK's National Weather Service. Met Office has a long history of weather forecasting and has been working in the area of climate change for more than two decades. The Met Office provides a range of information under the Public Weather Service, which is funded by the UK Government. This includes generating everything from day-to-day site-specific forecasts to long range forecasts. Met Office is also responsible for the National Severe Weather Warning Service, which aims to give advance warning of extreme weather to the public, businesses, emergency services and Government.

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