The majority of the world’s population lives in coastal zones. As the coastal zone is the interface between land and ocean, two geophysically different areas, monitoring is particularly challenging, let alone making what we observe interoperable to create new knowledge and services. NextGEOSS is very happy to welcome one project addressing some of these challenges, the Coastal Waters Research Synergy Framework or Co-ReSyF project. We have talked to Co-ReSyF’s project manager Koushik Panda about the project and why they chose to use the NextGEOSS data hub and platform.
What is Co-ReSyF?
Co-ReSyF is a H2020 funded project where we implemented a data access and processing infrastructure, with automated tools, methods and standards to support coastal researchers to build applications using Earth observation data for monitoring of coastal Waters.
We are a consortium of 7 partners – Where Deimos and Terradue are providing platform services and the tools and Argans, Hidrográfico, LNEC, UCC, NOC-NERC has developed research applications using the services and the tools provided by the platform.
We have a wide range of research applications addressing the needs of the coastal researchers developed by our partners:
– Bathymetry determination from SAR (Developed by LNEC and Hidrográfico)
– Bathymetry determination, benthic classification from optical imagery (Developed by ARGANS and Hidrográfico)
– Vessel detection & oil spill detection with SAR & optical (Deimos and UCC)
– Time series processing for hyper temporal optical data analysis (UCC)
– Ocean and coastal altimetry (NOC)
Through our Co-ReSyF‘s collaborative front end, even young and/or inexperienced researchers in Earth observation will be able to upload their applications to the system to compose and configure processing chains for easy deployment on the cloud infrastructure
Why did you choose NextGEOSS?
The Co-ReSyF project was completed in the December 2018 and around September/October 2018 we were exploring various ways to become sustainable in the future and keep our costal user community engaged. The path to engage with other EU projects to look for synergies and collaboration was quite interesting for us. In that aspect, NextGEOSS is the optimal match with its open call to integrate external pilots across various thematic areas and its offering of various platform services. NextGEOSS will provide the capability to scale up the applications with the access to various datasets and processing resources. The possibility to connect with a wider GEO community and the EuroGEOSS makes this engagement strategically important. We believe that Co-ReSyF bring something of value to NextGEOSS; a vibrant community of coastal researchers in Europe. In addition to that, since both NextGEOSS and Co-ReSyF have adopted OGC compliant standards, further integrations can be done seamlessly.
What Services are you using in NextGEOSS?
We took a multi stage integration approach with NextGEOSS where we would like to integrate some of our services sequentially. We decided to integrate the first service -Determination of bathymetry using optical images (developed by our Partner- ARGANS)
It makes use of NextGEOSS data discovery and the cloud integration platform services. We are also working on migrating the Co-ReSyF authentication and authorization to NextGEOSS user management service.
What is your future plan?
As mentioned earlier, we are looking for a long-term engagement with the multi stage approach. Our next plan is to integrate the altimetry determination service into NextGEOSS and explore the other NextGEOSS services (Analytics, User Feedback etc.). We are also investigating the possibility of hosting Co-ReSyF community portal in NextGEOSS.