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The Living Planet Symposium (LPS2019) of ESA took place on the 13-17 of May 2019 in Milan, Italy. GET in cooperation with the Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory of NCSR“D” and Ph.D. candidate Georgia Mavrokefalou, under the Industrial Scholarship Program of NCSR“D” and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), successfully presented a poster presentation titled “Use of Copernicus Marine Envrionment Monitoring Services (CMEMS) for the Remote Tracking of Marine Radioactive Pollution”.  This work presents the estimated activity concentrations of the radionuclide Cesium-137 (137Cs) using CMEMS data in the marine regions of North Aegean, Souda Bay and Corinth-Patras Gulf. The estimations were then compared to actual 137Cs activity concentration measurements taken from seawater samplings and analyses. From the comparison of the estimated and the actual measurements it appeared that the estimated measurements are quite close to the actual ones (r2>0.80). Moreover, from the seawater samplings and measurements carried out during this work, it seems that in recent years the 137Cs activity concentration values remain quite stable; South Aegean Sea and Corinth-Patras Gulf exhibit values lower than 5 Bq/m3 and North Aegean Sea exhibit values lower than 8 Bq/m3.

North Aegean Sea and Corinth-Patras Gulf:

Souda Bay (South Aegean Sea):

More about the conference: https://lps19.esa.int/NikalWebsitePortal/living-planet-symposium-2019/lps19

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The Living Planet Symposium (LPS2019) of ESA took place on the 13-17 of May 2019 in Milan, Italy. GET in cooperation with the Environmental Radioactivity Laboratory of NCSR“D” and Ph.D. candidate Georgia Mavrokefalou, under the Industrial Scholarship Program of NCSR“D” and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), successfully presented a poster presentation titled “Use of Copernicus Marine Envrionment Monitoring Services (CMEMS) for the Remote Tracking of Marine Radioactive Pollution”.  This work presents the estimated activity concentrations of the radionuclide Cesium-137 (137Cs) using CMEMS data in the marine regions of North Aegean, Souda Bay and Corinth-Patras Gulf. The estimations were then compared to actual 137Cs activity concentration measurements taken from seawater samplings and analyses. From the comparison of the estimated and the actual measurements it appeared that the estimated measurements are quite close to the actual ones (r2>0.80). Moreover, from the seawater samplings and measurements carried out during this work, it seems that in recent years the 137Cs activity concentration values remain quite stable; South Aegean Sea and Corinth-Patras Gulf exhibit values lower than 5 Bq/m3 and North Aegean Sea exhibit values lower than 8 Bq/m3.

North Aegean Sea and Corinth-Patras Gulf:

Souda Bay (South Aegean Sea):

More about the conference: https://lps19.esa.int/NikalWebsitePortal/living-planet-symposium-2019/lps19

Poster presentation:

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The MARRE research project was presented at the annual AGILE 2019 conference (Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe), which was held in Limassol, Cyprus on 17-20 June, 2019. The theme of the conference was Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development. The main topics for the 2019 conference included, among others:

  • Big Spatial Data: Analysis and Visualization
  • Volunteered Geographic Information and Community Observatories
  • Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of GI
  • GIScience and Technology Education and Training

Within this context, the project’s partners, namely, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), University of the Aegean – Department of Marine Sciences and Geospatial Enabling Technologies (GET) participated in the conference, presenting the project of “MARine monitoring system of the Hellenic Seas using REmote sensing satellite data and in-situ measurements”. In particular, the project’s objectives, the data and field measurements, as well as the methodology and the expected results were presented in a poster.

More about the conference material here.

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Geospatial Enabling Technologies (www.getmap.eu) in cooperation with DOTSOFT SA (www.dotsoft.gr) in the framework of the  AIGIS – https://aegisproject.eu/aigis/ project, financed by the Interreg VA “Greece – Cyprus 2014-2020 Programme”, signed the starting contract with Regional Development Fund of North Aegean. The project involves the implementation of an Integral Innovative Intelligent System designed to address natural and man-made disasters and crises through the pilot design and development of an intelligent system of resource management, decision making and education. Open source technologies will be used to implement the project.

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Deliverables of month 9 for the project MARine monitoring system of the Hellenic Seas using REmote sensing satellite data and in-situ measurements (MARRE  –  Project title: Τ1ΕΔΚ-02966) under the framework “RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE” of the Operational Programme “Competitiveness Entrepreneurship Innovation” (EPAnEK 2014-2020), Partnership Agreement 2014-2020, have been successfully completed
The project is co-financed by the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund.

Cooperation between:

  • Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR)
  • Aegean University – Department of Marine Science (MAR AEGEAN)
  • GEOSPATIAL ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

Deliverables which have been successfully completed and contribute to the further evolution of the project are:

  • D1.1.2 Data sources documentation (Coordinator HCMR)
  • D1.2.1Environmental indicators calculation methodology with the use of satellite data (Coordinator MAR AEGEAN)
  • D1.2.2 Historic and new data for satellite algorithms evaluation (Coordinator HCMR)
  • D1.2.3 Fishing potential estimation methodology (Coordinator MAR AEGEAN)
  • D2.2.1 Sentinel Data (Coordinator GET)
  • D2.1.2 Data collection automation software (Coordinator HCMR)
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GET in the framework of the «DISARM – DROUGHT AND FΙRE OBSERVATORY AND EARLY WARNING SYSTEΜ» project of the transnational cooperation programme Interreg Balkan-Mediterranean 2014-2020 in which National Observatory of Athens participates, undertook the development of the project web site as well as the development of the Fire Web Portal, a web tool for fire warnings and alerts in the region of Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus.

The web site has been developed using the open source CMS WordPress. The URL of the project’s web site is: https://disarmfire.eu

The web site contains general information about the project and the participants, news / announcements and content accessible only by the project partners. In addition, it provides also a link to the Fire Web Portal.

The Fire Web Portal has been developed based on open standards and architecture, according to the specifications and guidelines of W3C. Geospatial data are accessed using OGC services (WMS and WFS) provided by Geoserver while the user interface was developed using technologies like html, php, javascript, css, and openlayers.

The URL of the Fire Web Portal is: http://firewebportal.disarmfire.eu

The web application provide access to near real time data from meteorological stations including parameters like: temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, atmospheric pressure, and solar radiation but also to fire related indexes like FFDI, GFDI5 and FFWI.

It also provides information about:

  • Active fires based on satellite observations
  • Cloud tops and lightning activity
  • Forecast data from numerical meteorological models

 

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GET has continuously developed Local Government projects, aiming at the implementation of various Spatial Information Infrastructures – SDIs, based on the INSPIRE framework and the development of Urban Planning applications. The municipalities of Chania, Heraklio and Keratsini have proceeded to a contract extension to expand their SDIs, which have been enriched with urban planning data and new supportive functionality.

These projects aim to organize the location-based information, as well as the urban planning data to a central geospatial system that leads to improved public services and the dissemination of information through the web. The urban planning application has been developed as an additional module to the SDI in order to highlight the legislation, the datasets and the town planning framework within the municipal limits.

The technology used is based on free and open source software (FOSS) and it supports access to geospatial resources through open standards (OGC).

The Local Government turned a new leaf with this powerful tool, which makes the urban planning information easily accessible to public. The SDI supports transparency policies and decision-making in many interdisciplinary sectors and it sets the foundation for e-Government.

An overview of traffic statistics from Thessaloniki and Heraklion, which are on top 5 of the largest Municipalities in Greece, reveal real results concerning the beneficial use of the SDI. More than 20.000 users visited the SDI for the last three years. Over 50.000 sessions were counted. On average, more than 800 citizens/professionals per month interact with the online public services via the SDI, without visiting the Municipality.

Useful links:

http://gis.heraklion.gr/sdi/

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GET, in cooperation with the AKKT Engineering Consultants, completed successfully the project about the design and development of the Geographic Information System for the manufacturing activity in the region of Central Macedonia, under the contract of 12-10-2017 (17SYMV002082735) for the “Metropolitan Unity of Thessaloniki”. Part of the work packages for Phase C of this project concerned the development of the GIS and the License Management System Application of the region of Central Macedonia (GET – Implementation Manager).

The tools provided in this project are:

  1. Web GIS

The application provides access to the geospatial data from the central database of the system and allows the visualization and the analysis of the data on map, as well as the search in the metadata catalog, based on the criteria specified by the INSPIRE Directive.

Some of the key features of the app are:

  • Integration of OGC Services, WMS, WMTS, WFS and CSW
  • Visualization of multiple sources of geospatial data, such as shapefile, KML
  • Search and query on vector thematic levels
  • Management of thematic levels (addition, removal, rearrangement, transparency adjustment)
  • Navigation tools (focus, zoom, shift, coordinate shift)
  • Measurement tools (distances, area)
  • Map printing
  • Download of the active map, with the use of the WMC template

The following screenshots show the application’s functionality.

A screenshot from the Web GIS of the manufacturing activity in the region of Central Macedonia

The pop-up information window for the selected manufacturing unit

“Add to map” functionality of the georeferenced diagram for the selected manufacturing unit

The web GIS will be soon available to the public.

  1. License Management System Application

The purpose of this application was the creation of a modern web application for the management of license applications submitted to the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Administration of the region of Central Macedonia. The use of the application will facilitate the internal processes of the service and it will provide advanced web services to the interested parties. The application allows the management of the entire life cycle of the licensing requests, from submission to approval. In addition, it provides the ability to produce specialized reports that will enhance the analysis process and it supports decision-making.

System Conceptual Design Scheme

Workflow Diagram of Licensing Management System Application

The License Management System Application consists of:

  • Access rights assignment unit

  • Request submission unit

  • Request review unit

This unit is addressed to the directors, that are responsible for assessing the requests and it provides a concise overview of the submissions.

User credentials are required to access the License Management System application, which has already been available to the public authorities.

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The Municipality of Zitsa has developed a Spatial Data Infrastructure, driven by the transition to a digital administration system, the development of added value services and the improvement of public services. A set of functions, that facilitate gathering of the available data and original urban planning material (diagrams, tables etc) within the administrative boundaries of the Municipality, is now available.

The Spatial Data Infrastructure has been enriched with 2 new public service applications: Certificate request within or outside the settlement boundaries, Electrical Lighting System’s malfunction announcement application.

The Spatial Data Infrastructure has potentially unlimited thematic and functional scaling capabilities. Besides the Municipality of Zitsa works constantly towards this direction, aiming at expanding the application’s content, and implementing a central point of information.

The application is in trial mode and can be accessed at http://gis.zitsa.gov.gr/.

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GET in cooperation with the Municipality of Thessaloniki under the framework of «Implementation of information and interaction units – Geospatial Indicators of Performance» project, successfully completed the development of a new urban governance model, based on Performance Indicators, in accordance with the International Standard 37120, for Sustainable Smart Cities. Taking into consideration the international strategies of city sustainability, as well as Thessaloniki’s special features, a set of indicators of ISO 37120 and ELOT 1457 (KPIs) regarding more than 10 thematic categories such as Education, Energy, Environment, Health and Transportation was included in the SDI platform. Indicators, resulted from municipality’s geospatial data, aim at steering, measuring and assessing the quality of life as well as the performance of city services in the fields of Environment, Sanitation, Electrical Lighting System, Security etc. Additionally, a set of thematic maps representing indicators’ spatial distribution was designed. The implementation of GeoKPIs project is considered to be quite an innovative action that reinforces Municipality’s digital strategy and sets the basis for its transition to a Smart City state.

It is worth mentioning that the Municipality of Thessaloniki recently won the «Greek Green Awards 2019 – Best practices used of Local and Regional Governments concerning Environment, Sustainability, Smart Cities and Circular Economy, in the category of  «Digital Strategy of Smart City», in the 3rd international exhibition on environmental technologies Verde Tec that took place in February 2019 under the powerful auspices of the Ministry for the Environment and the Central Association of Greek Municipalities.

Find more about city indicators here: https://gis.thessaloniki.gr/sdi/?tab=panel-1429

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