Remote sensing

Remote sensing can provide complementary information to existing ground-based environmental monitoring systems. Remote sensing can be used to meet the need for timely information and can provide synoptic cross-boundary information. Data and information obtained through Earth observation (EO) can be used within geographic information systems for overlay and comparison with other geo-referenced information.

The Working Group discussed the role and contribution of remotely sensed information to monitoring and reporting on environmental problems across Europe ENG FRE RUS.

It considered a proposal by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission ENG FRE RUS and established a Task Force on Remote Sensing. With the support by the EU/Tacis funds, the Task Force will:

  • Assess the current use of remote sensing for environmental assessment and monitoring;
  • Identify gaps, major obstacles, technical, organisational and institutional problems on the way to broader use of remote sensing for environmental assessment and monitoring in countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA);
  • Identify and map a key set of indicators, derived from policy needs and availability of remote sensing data, for environmental assessments in selected Eurasian regions (Eastern Europe, Siberia and Central Asia) and marine basins (Baltic Sea, Black Sea and Caspian Sea);
  • Develop recommendations on the most cost-effective methods and techniques of remote sensing for the purposes of environmental monitoring and data collection.

The first Workshop on Remote Sensing Application for Environmental Monitoring took place on 19-20 May 2003 at JRC, Ispra, Italy. Representatives from nine EECCA countries together with the Institute for Environment and Sustainability of JRC, UNECE, UNEP, EEA and the regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe participated. The Workshop reviewed the potential of current remote-sensing application potential for environmental assessments at the national, subregional and regional levels as well as current country requirements and capabilities in this field. It agreed to prepare a comprehensive project proposal, possibly to be submitted through the Working Group to the European Unions Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) framework.

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The second Workshop on Remote Sensing Application for Environmental Monitoring was held on 3-4 November 2003 in Baku, at the invitation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.

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