News 2011

Workshop for “COSMOS” Project Under the Seventh Framework Programme of the EC, Partner and Participant in Which is ReSAC, Was Held in Rome, Italy


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From 24th to 26th of October 2011, another workshop for “COSMOS” - Cooperation of Space NCPs as a Means to Optimise Services Project under the Seventh Framework Programme of the EC, partner and participant in which is ReSAC, was held in Rome, Italy. The main task of the participants was to exchange information about the current project results and to outline the future tasks, related to the final conference for the “COSMOS” Project, which will be held on 28th – 29th of February 2012. The runtime of the Project is 1st of June 2008 – 31st of May 2011.

The participants visited the Institute for Research of the European Space Agency in Frascati (ESA-ESRIN), where some reports related to the Earth Observation Programme and risk management, as well as the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, was presented.

In the end of the workshop, a visit of a factory for equipment of Ariane – booster of ESA, made by AVIO at Colleferro - was organized. The participants were familiar with the technology and industrial process and access to all halls was provided.

Visit of ReSAC Experts in the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission – JRC, Ispra, Italy


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On 21st of October 2011, a technical meeting between experts from MARS Unit at IES and ReSAC was held in JRC, Ispra, Italy. ReSAC presented their activities in the subjects, which were of interest for feasible collaboration between the two organizations.

The meeting agenda consisted of 3 topics:

  • Presenting the ReSAC activities during the last two years;
  • Discussions and exchange of information mainly for applying the methodology for quality assessment of Land Parcel Identification Systems (developed by the GeoCAP group at MARS Unit) in another areas of geoinformation (for example Land Cover Change products assessment);
  • Presenting the GMES Programme implementation in Bulgaria, focusing on the Bulgarian Information Office for GMES (BIOG) role and activities. BIOG is responsible also for the implementation of its initiative for creating of Regional Unit for integrated Risk and Security Management for South-East Europe (RURSE).

The ReSAC experts met also with Mr. Olivier Leo – acting Head of MARS Unit – who attended the meeting.

Eight International Workshop of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Forest Fires, Stresa, Italy


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On 20th to 21th of October the workshop was organized by Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the University of Alcala. The main subject of the workshop was the operational use of remote sensing in forest fire management, paper contributions were focused on local to global RS and GIS applications on:


  • Pre-fire assessment planning and management
  • Fire detection and monitoring
  • Post-fire evaluation and management

Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC, Bulgaria, has taken a part with scientific research on "Forest cover monitoring and forest damage assessment in the frame of GMES projects – Case study in Bulgaria". The study involves assessing the damage from forest fires affect considerable areas coniferous forests in southwestern Bulgaria, near Gostun village (EUFODOS project, part of FP-7).

The poster represented the combination of different data source such as satellite images as reference, post event images and vector data – Forest management plans to assess the damaged forest vegetation type in burned area. Main interest in the poster discussion was related to methods for determining the different types of fire (surface and crown fire).

ReSAC Forest Cover Monitoring and Forest Damage Assessment in the Frame of GMES Projects – Case Study from Bulgaria (Poster) pdf

ReSAC Participated on the Regular Meeting of EUFODOS Project - Software Training Workshop, in Graz, Austria


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On 26th to 28th of September in Graz, Austria was held the regular meeting of EUFODOS project (European Forest Downstream Services - Improved Information on Forest Structure and Damages) part of FP7, as main goal software training workshop.

The intended efforts of different software developed recently to be integrated with the EUFODOS conceptual objectives, needed to be shared with the project partners.

Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC as a partner of the project were presented of three young experts.

The workshop covered a presentation of the Finish Company - VTT package software, and the Austrian JOANNEUM RESEARCH Institute - "Impact" package software.

The discussion was spread to the exercising the newest approaches to gain valuable results for the forest parameters, land cover classification and other.

ReSAC Activity in the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment in Bulgaria


In the middle of September 2011 ReSAC won a tender and signed a contract with the Basin Directorate for Water Management in the Danube region to the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water

The task of the contract is to consult the institution in preparing the preliminary assessment of the flood risk, in reference to the Directive 2007/60/EC for flood risk estimate and management that entered into force on the 26th of November in 2007.
The first step in preparation of the management plans is a preliminary assessment of flood risk. It does include description of floods, occurred in the past, with significant disadvantageous impacts on human health, environment, cultural heritage, technical infrastructure and economic activities, which can be expected to occur in the future.

Besides the conclusions of the preliminary assessment of the flood risk along with maps of area with possible flood risk including maps under current flood risk, the Management plans regarding the flood risk in the Danube region will contain a description of the purposes of flood risk management, and short performance of the measurements for achieving the related purposes.

After the Water Amendment Act, the Basin Directorates to the Ministry of Environment and Water will prepare Management plans of flood risk. With these amendments, the aim is to create conditions to prevent or reduce harmful effects on human life and health, environment, cultural heritage and economic activities, related to the harmful effects of water.

The Danube River Basin Directorate administrates the following catchment areas of the rivers – Iskar river, Erma river, Nishava river, Ogosta river and west of Ogosta river, Vit river, Osum river, Yantra river, Russenski Lom river and other rivers in Dobrudzha region, which are the main area or interest of the contract.

During contract implementation, not only the requirements of the European and National legislation will be followed, but the documentary of ICPDR and the results of the project „Danube Floodrisk“ also. The collected data and analysis, will be used in the Danube strategy in terms of its further development.

ReSAC Participated in GEOSS Summer School, Organized by Romanian Space Agency in Neptun, Romania


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In August 29 – September 4, 2011 in Neptun, Romania, GEOSS Summer School was held on topic: „Advancing Earth Observation Data Understanding for Crisis Management and Emergency Response“, organized by Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), under the auspices of ANCS, the Romanian Authority for Scientific Research.

Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC as ROSA’s longtime partner was invited to attend two young experts on the summer school.

The main goal of the summer school was to acquire knowledge on current use of EO data and image information mining techniques contributing to prevent, monitor and assess the impact of natural and man-made disasters and crisis situations

Main discussion was focused on the usage and interpretation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imageries, advanced InSAR techniques and different software was presented.

Participation of ReSAC on Core Information Service – Spatial Planning (CIS- SP) – Geoland 2 (FP7 Project) Technical Meeting


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On 28th и 29th of July, 2011 г. in Thessaloniki, Greece, Aristotle University was held a technical meeting between the partners from the international consortium of Core Information Service - Spatial Planning (part of Geoland 2 FP7 Project) financed by the 7-th Framework Program. ReSAC took place in meeting as a partner in the consortium. The main objectives of the meeting were:


  • Overview on project status;
  • Discussion of input data availability;
  • Training on indicator production;
  • Agreement on responsibilities and deadlines.

The output comprises GIS-ready information products and toolsets to better describe, explain and forecast urban land use changes:

  • Information products: The product portfolio consists of a selected set of policy-relevant land take trend indicators (= describe & explain) as well as urban growth scenarios (= forecast) to illustrate the benefit of systematic and geospatially explicit territorial analysis for spatial planning.
  • Tools and models are employed for efficient production of spatial planning indicators and urban growth scenarios.

ReSAC Participation in INSPIRE Conference 2011 in Edinburg, Scotland


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The INSPIRE Conference 2011 took place from 27th June to 1st July 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The theme of this year's edition was "INSPIRE by 2020 - Contributing to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" .

In 2010, the European Union renewed its commitment to 'knowledge-based' sustainable development by putting forward three mutually reinforcing priorities in the Europe 2020 Strategy1:

  • Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation;
  • Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy;
  • Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion.

This edition of the INSPIRE Conference offers an opportunity to explore INSPIRE's contribution to Europe's 2020 strategic goals and to root its further implementation and development in the EU 2020 follow-up programmes:

  • INSPIRE for Sustainable Growth calls for ideas and demonstrations of INSPIRE's contribution to resource efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions. For protecting the environment and preventing biodiversity loss. For strengthening the resilience to climate risks, and disaster prevention and response capacities;
  • INSPIRE for Smart Growth explores INSPIRE's contribution to Europe's Digital Agenda and more in particular its role in eGovernment and the development of eEnvironment services;
  • INSPIRE for Inclusive Growth - opens new avenues for INSPIRE in the context of New Skills for New Jobs. It calls for an exploration on the kind of jobs and the potential for job creation related to INSPIRE. What skills and competences are needed? What kind of education and training is needed? What kind of INSPIRE applications can help people integrate in the communities where they live?

In addition to these 3 exploratory chapters, the INSPIRE Conference examined and reported on the progress being made in the development and implementation of INSPIRE Directive and Implementing Rules.

A common presentation was prepared by the side of experts from ReSAC, Agency for Sustainable Development and Eurointegration – ASDE and an Executive Agency “Electronic Communication Networks and Information Systems on “Bulgarian contribution to INSPIRE implementation”.

Participation of ReSAC on SATChMo – Geoland2 (FP7 Project) Technical Meeting


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On 8th and 9th of June, 2011 in Kaunas, Lithuania technical meeting between the partners from the international consortium of SATChMo (part of Geoland2 FP7 Project) was performed. The Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC, as partner in the consortium participated with presentation on land cover change detection products validation.

SATChMo will provide maps and data on land cover for selected samples of the European territory. The aim is to deliver statistics for the trends and changes in land cover. In order to validate the products ReSAC will use modified methodology of JRC for Quality Assurance of LPIS.

ReSAC Participation in the HELM Project, 7 FP Research Programme, EU


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On 16 and 17 of March 2011, in Baden, Austria was held kick-off meeting of partners in general consortium, one of which is the Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC, of the project financed by the 7-th Framework Program - HELM: Harmonised European Land Monitoring.

HELM is a Coordination Action which has responded to the call FP7-Space 2010.1.1-06, Coordination of national activities for land monitoring in the frame of the program for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security – GMES. HELM has started in January 2011. The project website will be online soon.

HELM is a network of authorities concerned with land monitoring across Europe. It will initiate a move to increase the maturity of European land monitoring along five sequential steps:

  • Mutual interest in achieving reciprocal knowledge
  • Shared visions and planning for the future
  • Joint activities by taking on tasks collectively
  • Alignment of national systems involving the mutual adaptation of data interpretation methods and of the timing of data gathering
  • Lasting integration and combining data across all administrative levels

ReSAC – Partner in the Organization of the COSMOS Matchmaking Event, Sofia, Bulgaria, 18th of March 2011


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On 18th of March 2011 the National FP7 Space Contact Points network COSMOS is offering a matchmaking event related with the upcoming 5th Space call of FP7. The event is organized in the frame of the 2nd Earth Observation-GMES Operational Capacity Workshop and is supported by the Bulgarian Information Office for GMES (BIOG).

The main objective of the matchmaking event is to create an opportunity for R&D institutes, universities, SMEs, industry and other organizations working in the field of Space: GMES Service and Space Component. Interested organizations can present proposal ideas, their competencies or their field of work via posters and oral presentations. This aims at identifying common interest with other players and thus finally at submitting joint proposals under the next FP7 Space call.

All the presentations and posters will be published on the Bulgarian Information Office for GMES (BIOG) website as well as on the NCP network COSMOS website after approval by the authors. We are looking forward to welcome you in the COSMOS Matchmaking Event - Bulgaria 2011.

The agenda of the event can be found here, and you can register for the event here. For more information, please contact Vassil Vassilev (FP7 NCP Space – Bulgaria): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ReSAC Participation in the EUFODOS Project, 7FP Research Programme, EU


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On 17 and 18 of January 2011, in Graz, Austria was held kick-off meeting of partners in international consortium, one of which is the Center ReSAC, of the project financed by the 7-th Framework Program. EUFODOS: "European Forest Downstream Services - Improved Information on Forest Structure and Damages". ReSAC is leading one of the Work Packages – User Requirements. Bulgarian user is the Executive Forest Agency to the Ministry of Agriculture and Foods.

The main goal of the project is development of downstream services for better forests management, oriented to the users of the program for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security – GMES. The meeting was the real start of the project. The participants in the meeting were representatives of partners in the consortium, consisting of six partners, service providers, one of which is ReSAC, and seven users

More information on the project can be found here.