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Project Type I - Sentinel Data reception


Project Facts

Project objective: Improved monitoring of marine waters
Project promoter: EDISOFT - Company Services and Software Development, S.A.
Type of institution: Large enterprise
Project number: PT02-0010
Target group(s): Civil servants/Public administration staff, Researchers or scientists,
Status: Completed
Initial project cost: € 409,230
Final project costs: € 409,230
From EEA Grants: € 251,589
The project is carried out in: Portugal

Summary of project results


The project was aimed at providing Portugal direct access to Sentinel satellites by acquiring Sentinel-1 data at Santa Maria Ground Station, located in Azores. This capacity was an enabler to perform Near Real Time (NRT) monitoring and surveillance activities within the Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), based on Copernicus. Results and Outputs : 1. Improve the ability to assess and predict the environmental status of marine and coastal waters 2. Improve the temporal, spatial and technological strategies for monitoring marine and coastal waters based on the defined indicators 3. The study of ecosystems, definition of Good Environmental Status (GES), recovery of functions and monitoring of resources and promotion and safeguarding of the environment and marine biodiversity 4. The intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth in the ocean and coastal areas (including the atmosphere), based on innovative and competitive solutions based on data and observation of ground services 5. Addressing global challenges as well as objectives relating to climate change and energy sustainability 6. The implementation of the national and European space policy The main output of the project was the redesign and upgrade of the Santa Maria Ground Station receiving equipment to acquire and process Sentinel-1 data. The output of the project was immediately exploited through the provision of oil spill and vessel detection services based on Sentinel-1. As of April 16th 2016, the Santa Maria Ground Station started Sentinel-1A operations, after successfully passed all tests with EMSA. Since this date, and only in 2016, 157 oil spill detection services based on Sentinel-1 were delivered by EDISOFT. The provision of services based on Sentinel-1A and Sentinel-1B satellites continued during the current year: 2017.


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