EO4EP – Earth Observation for Eastern Partnership
Earth Observation for Eastern Partnership is an European Space Agency initiative which aims to achieve a step increase in the uptake of satellite-based environmental information in the development programs implemented by the World Bank and the European Investment Bank in the Eastern European Region (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Poland), in particular in order to support the technical collaboration and knowledge exchange among Eastern Partnership countries.
The activities are implemented in the 2016–2018 timeframe, with Phase I (2016-2017) dedicated to the stakeholders’ engagement and requirements consolidation, and the Phase II (2017–2018) focusing on EO information production, delivery and capacity building to ensure that the information brings operational benefits to the users. The project is focused on the following thematic areas: agriculture, land management and water resources management.
The project is led by the Space Research Centre, PAS and the consortium consists of companies providing products and serivces based on satellite data - from Poland: Astri Polska, Geosystems Polska, GeoPulse and from Czech Republic: Gisat. The team is supported by the Polish Center for International Aid.
EDEN - End-user driven DEmo for cbrNe
The EDEN project was focused on scientific and technical issues related to enhancing CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) safety. The main aim was the application of diverse toolsets (the Eden Store ‘Toolbox of Toolboxes’) that were integrated, tested and evaluated in thematic demonstrations during training and practical activities. The project was led by BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd in the United Kingdom and involved 37 organisations from 15 European countries.
The Crisis Information Centre was involved in 16 of the 39 workpackages. Its activity was focused on radiological and nuclear threats in a workpackage led by the Main School of the Fire Service in Poland. The Centre was responsible for the “Test-Service Period”, which provided users with free access to the EDEN Store tools, and the organisation of table top exercises.
Duration: 1 September 2013 – 31 December 2016
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 313077.
GECCO - Space-Derived Geoinformation For Crisis Management and Coordination
The purpose of the project was to demonstrate to the Polish crisis management and rescue services a variety of possible uses for space-derived information, to evaluate its effectiveness, and to establish the best way to provide access to information products.
The project resulted in:
the development of a set of analytical products, based on space-derived information that can provide strategic and situational information to crisis management authorities;
the development of an integrated information environment that provides access to information products and supports information exchange for professional users (Professional Portal) and Professional Mobile Application) as well as providing crisis information and disseminating warnings to the general public (Public Portal and Mobile Application) and
a set of recommendations for the implementation of a geoinformation environment for crisis management in Poland.
The CIK was responsible for the demonstration phases of the project and the development of new geo-information products. These tasks included the presentation of GECCO to end users, testing, and gathering the necessary information to meet the users’ needs and expectations. The Centre also provided input in the form of EO products and geospatial analyses that could be used by crisis management organisations.
GECCO was funded by the Government of Poland through the European Space Agency Contract under the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS).
Duration: 1 September 2013 – 29 February 2016
Anti-flood early warning and prevention systems in Georgia: special focus on Kabali and Duruji rivers
Duration: 01.04.2014 – 30.10.2015
Project was conducted by Polish Center for International Aid and financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
The main aim of the project was to increase the level of crisis management efficiency of local governments in the respond to flash-floods on selected rivers in Kakheti region of Georgia. For this purpose there was created pilot alert system for a possible flood threat warning. Project was also going to improve planning process in crisis management through introducing GIS, EO and simulation tools.
Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of the Kabali River and the Duruji River was carried out in the first year of project duration and the Lagodekhi River and the Ninoskhevi River in the second year. Spatial data such as digital elevation models, longest flow paths, catchments, land cover and soil permeability maps and other vectors were prepared by CIK CBK. As a result of modeling, conducted by hydrologists from Regional Water Management Board in Cracow, flood zones were created and presentaed on the flood hazard maps. At the same time local response plans were modified and improved by Polish experts.
CIK CBK has also developed a conception of water gauges network and was responsible for support of their installation and evaluation of their work.
At the end of November 2014 workshops were held in two towns in Georgia threatened by rivers Kabali and Duruji. CIK CBK prepared and led the exercises for members of municipalities responsible for management in the case of crisis situation. During the simulation local authorities received information according to the scenario of flood and their task was to work out response and make decisions supported by response plan and maps of flood zone. The simulation was repeated in the year 2015. This time it was held by Georgian specialists from state institutions with support of Polish experts. CIK CBK played supportive role and prepared flood hazard maps. The exercise was preceded half a year earlier by a test which had to verify the knowledge of local response plan among members of crisis management team of Kvareli and Lagodekhi municipalities.