Earth Observation Data Cube on Demand for Monitoring Land Degradation by Mining Activities
H2020 GEOEssential is addressing the need for trusted sources of data and information to monitor the progress made on environmental conditions towards policy targets. The project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of Essential Variables (EVs) across GEO Societal Benefit Areas. It aims to create cross-thematic workflows to evaluate, predict and monitor natural resources to inform via Earth Observations the Sustainable Development Goals. Existing structures and platforms are analyzed in order to identify substantial gaps and synergies for addressing the needs of environmental policy in agriculture, soil, water, biodiversity, energy, light and raw materials. Solutions for improvements are provided in cooperation with GEO and Copernicus programmes.
The methodology proposed in GEOEssential is going beyond the outputs of the ConnectinGEO project that identified key gaps in the definition of GEO EVs. The main idea behind GEOEssential is to build demonstration workflows that will be using EVs served by the GEO infrastructure to derive policy relevant indicators. GEOEssential has gathered a strong team of experts in various fields of Earth observations and their applications, 14 participants from 7 countries.
Under GEOEssential the MapX team is conducting several activities including the implementation of a prototype data cube on demand for monitoring land degradation by mining activity.