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“OT4Clima” intends to develop advanced Earth Observation (EO) technologies and methodologies for the creation of innovative applications/products/services based on an increased and more effective use of data acquired from satellite, airborne and unmanned platforms and their integration with in situ observations, capable of responding to the main societal challenges induced by ongoing climate change and the consequent increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme events in order to help improve environmental protection and safety.
Specifically, both medium-to-long term impacts (e.g. vegetation stress, drought) and extreme events with rapid dynamics (e.g. intense meteorological phenomena, fires) will be investigated through a twofold technological innovation of product and process:
- the design and implementation of advanced sensors to be mounted on multiplatform EO systems for the observation and measurement of climate and environmental parameters;
- the development of innovative technologies (e.g. new algorithms) for EO data analysis, interpretation, integration and fusion.
This 42 month project was funded by the NOP Research and Innovation 2014-2020 under Axis II “Thematic Projects”, Action “Clusters”, which finances industrial research and experimental development projects in the 12 specialization areas identified by the National Research Programme (PNR) 2015-2020, in particular in the “Aerospace” specialization area.
For the implementation of this initiative, a budget of 4,159,730 euro was allocated to the following beneficiaries forming the public-private partnership:
- National Research Council
- Italian Space Agency
- CIRA S.c.p.A. - Italian Aerospace Research Centre
- RI.S.T.A. – Consortium for Research on Advanced Remote Sensing Systems
- D.S. - INGEGNERIA DEI SISTEMI S.p.A.
- National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology
- University of Basilicata
- University of Calabria
Impact on the Territory
The expected results concern the development of innovative applications, products and services to support land control and monitoring services, which are complementary to (in terms of spatial scales and technologies/methodologies) and can be integrated with the existing observation systems (GCOS, C3S Copernicus) operating on a continental/global scale. The definition of new supply and the stimulation of demand in the field of environmental protection will strengthen the capacity to attract investments and skills to the target regions. Finally, the technological development expected will increase the level of innovation through the definition of paths for knowledge transfer and/or specialist skills training.