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Helix Nebula @ European Supersites Coordination Workshop, Brussels, 10-11 June 2013

Helix Nebula was present at the European Supersites Coordination Workshop on 10 and 11 June 2013, organised by the DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels.

The workshop was attended by nearly 100 representatives of many of the projects funded by FP7 that are in relation with the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEO / GEOSS, and the European GMES/Copernicus ( initiatives.

The GEO 'Supersites' is an initiative of the geo-hazard science community to access space-borne and in-situ geophysical data of selected sites disposed to earthquake, volcano or other natural hazards.
The main objective of this workshop was to share and coordinate various Earth Observation Supersites developments, including the launch of EC FP7 projects for studying Volcanoes:: MARsite, FUTUREVOLC and MED-SUV.
The workshop was structured around four themes – monitoring technologies, data requirements, regions and economic sectors, and long-term service delivery - each one being addressed by representatives of the relevant European and National research projects.
The representatives from the Helix Nebula initiative were Hervé Caumont of Terradue, Wolfgang Lengert of ESA, Micheal Higgins of CloudSigma, Jurry de la Mar of T-Systems and Mick Symonds of Atos.
Herve Caumont attended both as a representative of the newly funded EC FP7 MEDSUV (Mediterranean Supersite Volcanoes), a project that will notably develop Near Real-Time processing algorithms, and their deployment to cloud computing services, and as a representative of the ongoing EC FP7 GEOWOW (GEOSS interoperability for Weather, Ocean, Water), a project that developed two new illustrations of the Supersites concept (for Oceans and Weather), and submitted them as potential new Helix Nebula Flagship applications for Earth Sciences.
Wolfgang Lengert attended as a representative of the ESA SSEP Flagship Application for Earth Sciences in Helix Nebula, a cloud-based Exploitation Platform supporting the global Geohazards Supersites initiative led by GEO.
Micheal Higgins  attended as a representative of CloudSigma.
Jurry de la Mar presented on Helix Nebula, and especially its relevance to the sustainability of Supersites;
Mick Symonds acted as rapporteur for one of the Sessions and presented the outcomes.
The workshop was essentially a “backroom” session, with representatives describing their individual activities on a peer-to-peer basis. There is clearly scope for adding value both by sharing between them and also by extracting useful generic information from the mesaurements data, for use by the global international research community, and thus reinforcing the European contribution to the GEO activities for Informing Risk Management and Disaster Reduction.
Helix Nebula was positioned as a prime potential means by which that could take place, and provide sustainability for the results.


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