Consortium

  • National Oceanography Centre

    The NOC is the UK Government largest Marine Research Centre and one of the world's leading oceanographic institutions. In addition to its reputation for world class interdisciplinary research, NOC provides long-term marine science capability including major facilities, sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey, data management, and national and international scientific advice. The NOC Satellite Oceanography team delivers research, consultancy and training in many aspects of ocean remote sensing. It has long-standing expertise in satellite altimetry, taking a leading role in the development of improved altimeter products (sea level, wind, waves) in coastal and marginal seas. Other areas of expertise include salinity from space, interferometric SAR for ocean currents and sea surface height mapping, and GNSS-Reflectometry for sea state retrieval. The NOC have supported international development activities for many years; particularly through work with the International Oceanographic Commission and more recently through projects linked to the UK Government agenda on Overseas Development Aid.

  • Seven

    SEVEN is a newly established Greek SME (established in 2011), which recently expanded into Bulgaria. SEVEN provide engineering consulting services in the fields of environment and water resources, combining both management consulting, and engineering research expertise. In its short period of operation SEVEN has successfully participated in projects for DG Research (H2020 and FP7), DG ENV, the EIP, and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change. Prior to setting up the company, the founders of SEVEN have participated in numerous EU projects (e.g. ETC/ICM, EPI-Water, MEDDMAN, IWRM.Net, FLOODMED, SPI-Water, FLAPP, etc.). The current staff of SEVEN has proved experience in water resources modelling, hydro-informatics, software development, web applications, environmental impact assessment, dissemination and communication activities.

  • Arup

    Arup is one of the world’s leading engineering and environmental consultancy practices, committed to sustainable design. Founded in 1946, Arup now has 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants working in 90 offices in 38 countries. Arup is a wholly independent organisation owned in trust for the benefit of its employees and their dependants. With no shareholders or external investors, the firm is able to independently determine its own priorities and direction as a business. This financial independence enables them to re-invest in technical and other development initiatives. A substantial proportion of Arup’s income is devoted to improving its technical standards through the continuing professional development of its members and by developing new techniques of engineering design and management. Arup operates as five Regions: Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe, and UK, Middle East and Africa (UKMEA). Each Region is responsible for geographic strategy and management. With a mission is ‘to shape a better world’, Arup are recognised as leaders in Environmental and Sustainability Consulting, advising both public and private sector clients, and are members of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

  • University of Twente

     ITC is the university's Faculty of Geo-information and Earth Observation. It has an internationally established and excellent track record in the use of remote sensing and geographic information technology. The institute's mission focuses on societal benefit areas of low-income countries; its education, research and project portfolios are oriented towards professionals and organizations in these areas.

    The Department of Water Resources (WRS) specialises in research and education in Earth observation and geo-information science for the understanding, monitoring, predicting and sustainable use and management of water resources. It has a strong track record in acquiring external funding in applications related to water resources management, hydrology, climate change, ecosystem monitoring, and assessment and predictions using GIS and Earth Observation. Its project portfolio (2012 – 2015) includes contract research, capacity building, institution development and advisory projects.

  • University of Tartu

    The University of Tartu is the oldest (est. 1632) and largest (15000 students and 3500 staff) University in Estonia. It is divided into four Faculties. Estonian Marine Institute (EMI) is one of eight institutes in the Faculty of Science and Technology. In this project the UoT is represented by the Department of Remote Sensing and Aquatic Optics - one of four departments in the EMI. The Department has about three decades of history and is one of the largest and best equipped in this field in the Baltic Sea region, and ranks among the most highly publishing aquatic remote sensing groups in Europe. Recent project relevant to EO4SD-Marine include the World Bank Coral Reef GEF Remote Sensing project (Pacific region), ESA Sen2coral project (Pacific and Indian Oceans regions), and a GNES funded water quality remote sensing project in Vietnam and Cambodia.

  • Brockman Consult

    Brockmann Consult offers services for the management of environmental data, in particular from Earth Observation (EO). Internationally recognized experts in the Environmental Informatics Department combine professional software engineering with natural sciences expertise to advise customers on the design and implementation of data processing systems. 

    The cornerstone of the department’s activities is system development for EO data processing and analysis software. Products include the Hadoop-based Calvalus System for parallel processing of big data and SNAP, the Sentinel Application Platform. The Geoinformation Services department has expertise in turning environmental raw data into information products. Satellite observations, in-situ measurements, and results from numerical models are combined to provide status assessments and forecasts of physical or biogeochemical indicators for a wide range of applications, including monitoring of coastal waters and global land cover mapping. The department provides advice to monitoring agencies, other scientists in research organisations or companies, and has a proven track-record in supporting customers to meet the reporting requirements of national and international legislation such as EU directives or UN conventions.

  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory

    PML is an independent, impartial provider of scientific research and services relating to the aquatic environment. PML is a Company limited by Guarantee with charitable status, with approximately 100 scientific members of staff and 40 students pursuing their degrees or PhDs under co-supervision by PML scientists. PML has world-class research capacity in ecosystem modelling, global Earth Observation (EO) of ocean, marine, and inland waters, and socioeconomics. Its core research programme contributes to the issues of climate change, marine pollution and sustainability and a key strength is its interdisciplinary manner of working. PML collaborates with over 350 academic, governmental and industrial partners from 50 countries every year and hosts 20-50 visiting researchers annually. PML has an annual turnover of ~€11 million.