05-07 July 2017 – The PROTHEGO team fully supports the ‘EXCELSIOR’ project (Granada meeting)

PROTHEGO is funded in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) – HERITAGE PLUS, under ERA-NET Plus and the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, the project PROTHEGO aims to make an innovative contribution towards the analysis of geohazards in areas of cultural heritage in Europe. PROTHEGO applies novel space technology based on radar interferometry (InSAR) to monitor monuments and sites in Europe which are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (WHL) and are potentially unstable due to geohazards. Partners include: CUT- The Cyprus University of Technology, Remote Sensing and GeoEnvironment Lab / Eratosthenes Research Centre, ISPRA – Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Italy), NERC – Natural Environment Research Council (UK), UNIMIB – University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and IGME – Geological Survey of Spain.

Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Teaming project by Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis, Dr Christiana Papoutsa and Dr Kyriacos Themistocelous at Pissouri Village in Cyprus during the final stakeholders meeting of the ‘Cascade’ FP-7 project. The National Event of Cascade Project was hosted by the Community Council of Pissouri in Paphos aiming to present the final results of the Cascade Project to the stakeholders, public authorities and farmers in Cyprus. The members of the Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment lab of the Eratosthenes Research Centre explores the high importance of using earth observation, Radar techniques and UAV’s for monitoring degraded areas due desertification and overgazing in Eastern Mediterranean region and especially in Cyprus.

Presentation of the ‘EXCELSIOR’ Teaming project by Mr Andreas Christofe at Sheffield University during the final event of the ‘ANAGENNISISIS’ FP-7 project in which CUT participates. During the meeting Dr. Kyriacos Neockleous and Mr Andreas Christofe discussed the opportunities for future collaborations between ANAGENNISISIS’ partners and the Eratosthenes Research Centre.

Presentation of the mission and vision of the EXCELSIOR project during the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, (ISRSE) by Dr Kyriacos Themistocleous. Dr Themistocleous presented the expected outcomes of the EXCELSIOR Project at the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, (ISRSE), which convenue in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa 8-12 May 2017 under the overarching theme “Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World”. During the ISRSE Dr Themistocleous from CUT and Mr. Gunter Schreier from DLR promotes the EXCELSIOR Project to key earth observation stakeholders.

Results were announced during the Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-information of Environment 20-23March, 2017 – Cyprus. Oral presentation of the EXCELSIOR Teaming Project has been made by Dr Diofantos Hadjimitsis to the participants of the Conference. Dr Vincent Ambrosia from NASA congratulated the team for the success and stated that as a member of the external advisory board supports EXCELSIOR initiatives for developing a Centre of Excellence in earth observation in Cyprus.



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