The aim of this EO Atlantic Regional Initiative applications development is to embed EO-derived information into pre-operational regional monitoring, assessment and planning activities (e.g. enhanced environmental monitoring and assessment, improved management of natural resources in the region, support to regional programmes in the fields of economic development, civil security and climate resilience).
The objective is to enhance and integrate existing regional monitoring and assessment frameworks in cooperation with international, national and regional stakeholders.
The scope of these developments is to:
1. Bridge EU policies, ESA programs and Atlantic strategies, to better anchor space uses to the needs of territories and industries, fully exploiting the potential of EO applications for better-informed decision-making and innovation processes
Blue economy: Innovation Clusters, Atlantic Natural Resources Management and Maritime Spatial Planning
2. Build international partnerships and mobilize initiatives that enhance cross-sectorial exchanges amongst actors and investments
Renewable Energy: Off-shore Wind
3. Integrate the EO dimension in regional innovation and SME programs, strengthening and developing local communities by raising the profile of EO capabilities towards new actors
Atlantic cities: Smart, Sustainable and Secure Ports and Protecting the Ocean
The underlying IT infrastructure is envisaged as an open, non-monolithic and federated network of platforms, fuelled with European EO assets to be provided under the ESA Network of EO Resources.
This Atlantic Regional Initiative is part of a cluster of ESA EO Regional Initiatives, being developed in key European geographic regions: Alps, Atlantic, Baltic, Black Sea and Danube, and Mediterranean.