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Earth Observation for Air Quality and Health ‘AlpAirEO’ – Alps regional initiative Recently, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) reported that air pollution contributed to 400.000 annual deaths in the EU. The Alps are special. They host 14 million people and attract many tourists and businesses. Due to the diverse [...]DLR – GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTER (DE)Regional Initiativesair quality, Alps, atmosphere science cluster, climate, health, regional initiatives, Sentinel-3, Sentinel-5PRecently, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) reported that air pollution contributed to 400.000 annual deaths in the EU. The Alps are special. They host 14 million people and attract many tourists and businesses. Due to the diverse landscape and climate, pollution hotspots can develop in certain areas while pristine environments prevail throughout most of the high Alpine regions. As part of the “eo4alps” initiative ESA held a workshop in June 2018 with leading scientists to discuss the potential benefits of earth observation of the Alpine region. “Air quality & health” was identified as one of four priority actions. The project “AlpAirEO” will use state-of-the-art technology to deliver innovative science and information services to support expert and non-expert stakeholders and thereby help to improve the general quality of life in the Alps. By approach of co-design, the needs of the health community will be addressed. Satellites EO in conjunction with atmospheric models and surface observations can deliver the spatial coverage and quality needed. The project will look into the available data from operational instruments like MODIS and GOME-2 and especially the new Sentinel mission instruments starting with Sentinel 3 SLSTR for aerosols and Sentinel 5P TropOMI covering NO2. Additionally, the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) and Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) will provide important information on atmospheric constituents and climate indicators. For reference, surface-based data from observation networks for the Alpine region will also be taken into consideration. The unprecedented capabilities of the new Sentinels and the Copernicus services will be combined with available environmental information and demographic data, e.g. population density. By following the recommendations of WMO-CCI and WHO, the findings of epidemiological studies and evidence of regional health statistics, daily information on health risk due to environmental stress can be derived.Results will be made freely available based on the Bioclimatic Information System hosted by AlpEnDAC as part of the Virtual Alpine Observatory. Project lead: German Aerospace Center (DLR) Project Duration: 2020 – 2022
Earth Observation for Alpine ecosystems ‘eco4alps’ – Alps regional initiative The project focuses on 6 services that respond to common challenges related to ecosystem mapping and monitoring in the alpine region, addressing the specific requirements of national and regional stakeholders and being sufficiently large in [...]Solenix Schweiz GmbH (CH)Regional InitiativesAlps, ecosystems/vegetation, forestry, platforms, regional initiativesThe project focuses on 6 services that respond to common challenges related to ecosystem mapping and monitoring in the alpine region, addressing the specific requirements of national and regional stakeholders and being sufficiently large in scope and content to strengthen regional cooperation across alpine countries: ecosystem mapping, forest disturbance, forest phenology, forest fire recovery, grassland management and grassland abandonment. Another objective of the project is to demonstrate the added value of an open and federated network of platforms to provide these services at regional scale. As a proof of concept, an area covering more than 50,000 km2 has been selected to demonstrate the adequacy and usefulness of the proposed services. The project will have a strong engagement of key national, regional and international stakeholders active in the monitoring of Alpine ecosystems, starting with the Mountain Research Initiative and the Alpine Convention.
Earth Observation for Landslides ‘eo4alps landslides’ – Alps regional initiative The project focuses on implementing regional geoinformation services and products for landslide risk assessment over the Alpine mountain range.

EO4ALPS-landslides will set the basis for the creation of harmonized and advanced landslide [...]
SATT CONECTUS ALSACE (FR)Regional InitiativesAlps, disaster risk, land, regional initiatives, thematic exploitation platformThe project focuses on implementing regional geoinformation services and products for landslide risk assessment over the Alpine mountain range. EO4ALPS-landslides will set the basis for the creation of harmonized and advanced landslide inventories and susceptibility/hazard maps based on EO ground motion services linked to advanced modelling capabilities all embedded in the user-driven GeoHazard Exploitation Platform (GEP). The project is user-driven with the engagement of more than 20 authorities and other stakeholders responsible for landslide disaster risk management involved in all project phases.
Earth Observation for operational hydrology ‘eo4alps snow’ – Alps regional initiative The project focuses on implementing a high-resolution quasi real-time snow monitoring to improve water resource management.

It is taking advantage of the recent developments in physically-based snow modelling and is based on high-resolution [...]
MobyGIS Srl (IT)Regional InitiativesAlps, regional initiatives, Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, snow and ice, water cycle and hydrologyThe project focuses on implementing a high-resolution quasi real-time snow monitoring to improve water resource management. It is taking advantage of the recent developments in physically-based snow modelling and is based on high-resolution optical and radar EO missions such as Sentinel-1 and 2. The core service is a snow water equivalent (SWE) product generated using a cloud based processing environment to be delivered over the entire Alpine arc region. The eo4alps team is planning to engage users from public and private sectors, such as public agencies, research centers, associations and hydropower companies.