INTegration of EO data and GNSS-R signals for ENERgy applications

The objective of the proposal is to perform a feasibility study for a service with the aim to assimilate Earth Observation data in a distributed hydrological model and combine it with GNSS-R (Global Navigation Satellite System-Reflections) technology for water level assessment in reservoirs and soil moisture monitoring, with the aim to provide support to the energy production management, all by improving water resource monitoring and forecast.

The projects' consortium: Starlab, Future Water, Hispasat, Endesa.



Climatological study on snow cover in the Pyrenees over 20 years based on historical Earth Observation data

The ARCON project was a climatologic study of snow cover based on historical data. This data, extracted from processed optical satellite images, provided the basis for a statistical analysis of the snow cover in the Pyrenees over 20 years. The study included low resolution data (4 km resolution) for the past 20 years and additional medium resolution for the last 9 years (using MODIS satellite data at 500m resolution).

Agencia Catalana de l’Aigua (Catalan water agency)


The JELLYFOR project developed a service to forecast jellyfish occurrence for given salinity, temperature and chlorophyll-a conditions. The innovation proposed by this project consisted in adding the satellite technology to the previously tested techniques in order to enlarge the coverage in near real time and have a better quality of the data. Salinity and temperature are known to be the most determinant factors influencing the habitat of jellyfish.

Eureka Eurostars funding programme


Forecasting of coastal jellyfish appearance using Earth Observation data

The EO JELLY project helped to create a jellyfish forecasting model in the Mediterranean Sea that lead to the attainment of an operational service for the prediction of appearance of gelatinous zooplankton on beaches. The model developed in the project uses EO data and models and was validated and calibrated using in situ data.

The projects' consortium: Starlab, CSIC and Techworks.



Snow cover maps for water monitoring and management

The HISAT project delivered an operational service for the delivery of the snow cover maps to the Catalan Water Agency for each hydrological basin once a week with a spatial resolution of 150 metres. The snow cover maps delivered by Starlab allowed the Catalan Water Agency to include this data in their decision support system governing all water management of the region. The maps indicated the snow-covered area, as well as information about that can indicate the freshness of the snow (wet or dry snow).

Agencia Catalana de l’Aigua (Catalan Regional Water Agency)


Historical analysis for selection of wind power sites

The EoliLand project included a 10-year-archive study of wind power in Central-South Chile. The client, Endesa Chile wanted to have a general overview of the best possible locations for their investment. The Eoliland system used a 3D GIS interface which included parameters such as: wind speed and direction, DEM, and surface roughness from models, other in situ data such as the national electricity network as layers in the map.



Study of the integration of earth observation data for improving hydropower plant operations with improved flo prediction

The Hydro project studied the integration of earth observation data in hydropower plant operations with the objective of achieving improved flow prediction models, contributing to optimal energy generation, planning and management. The project included a study case that evaluated the effect of EO-hydrologic indicators in the energy production planning of a hydropower plant.



Development of a geo-information platform for wind energy generation at sea

The EOLICAT Project created a geo-information platform that integrates multidisciplinary updated information, pointing special interest towards earth observation satellite data (sea surface wind, currents, surface temperature, waves), terrain/bathymetric and meteorological information and human/commercial activities that could be relevant boundary conditions for the analysis and management of wind energy farms at sea.

Generalitat de Catalunya


Marcoast: Marine & Coastal Environment Information Services

The MarCoast project, standing for MARine & COASTal environmental information services, aimed at scaling up services which had been consolidated in the frame of ROSES and COASTWATCH ESA projects. The MarCoast consortium was composed of 32 partners from 10 European countries, and gathered all key actors in the field of marine and coastal applications. MarCoast targeted to deliver a single portfolio of marine and coastal services at the European scale. The portfolio was composed of 6 service lines covering: Oil spill surveillance and customised information; Oil spill drift forecast; ;Water quality monitoring and alert; HAB monitoring, evolution and forecasting; Water quality assessment service; and Met-Ocean data. Starlab was the service provider for the Spanish Water Quality Service, delivering the service to 5 different regional and national users.


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