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OBSERVE Ends, Two Projects Qualified to Benefit the Balkan Area

A Black Sea Catchment map from the enviroGRIDS project.
A Black Sea Catchment map from the enviroGRIDS project.The OBSERVE project has officially ended, with a final event held in Thessaloniki, Greece, in October 2012. The program has fulfilled all of its obligations and delivered more results and deliverables than those agreed to initially by the European Committee and the project’s coordinator.

Presentation of the OBSERVE competition, the winners and their work

A Slide from the presentation of the second award-winning work. Map synthesis using commercial software.
Athina Trakas, right, presents an award to Rojko, left.The Earth observation community recognized students from Greece and Slovenia for their work during an event at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The competition helps bring OBSERVE closer to its goal of creating a permanent Earth observation community.

Dissemination of OBSERVE activities through Multimedia and Multilingual Material

A sample of a multilingual flyer in Greek.
Cropped image from an Observe banner showing an illustrated column.After two years, OBSERVE is hosting its final event in Thessaloniki, Greece, and has produced several outreach items on its activities.

An Executive Summary of the OBSERVE Roadmap and Strategy Plan Report

Screenshot of the Hellenic NSDI website.
Screenshot of a GIS web-based application for drought products. Image Credit: Drought Management Centre for Southeastern Europe (DMCSEE).While there are many roadblocks to continued Earth Observation activities in the Balkan Region and surrounding area, the future geospatial development of the region can be ensured through detailed planning and a strategic roadmap.

Presentation of the OBSERVE Gap Analysis Report: An Executive Summary

Figure showing participation of related organizations in EO activities in the Balkan countries. Source: All images via Observe website.
Figure showing types of EO institutes in each country.Providing visual models of Earth Observation activities in the Balkans helps to produce a roadmap and strategy plan for strengthening EO capacity in that area, and create a broader EO Community.

Findings of the National Reports on EO capacities in the Balkan area

List of international organizations of OBSERVE Balkan countries
Figure showing spatial information system developed to demonstrate the information collected by the individual National Reports.The first issue of the South-Eastern European Journal of Earth Observation and Geomatics gives an updated overview on the use of Earth Observation activities in the Balkan area. This article summarizes important conclusions.

OBSERVE Project Announces Competition

Logo for the OBSERVE Competition. Credit: OBSERVE
Logo for the OBSERVE Competition. Credit: OBSERVEThe OBSERVE project, funded by the European Commission under its FP7 program, is organizing a competition aimed at promoting the use of Earth Observation data in the Balkans.

The Experience of the 1st OBSERVE CARAVAN Workshop

Photo from workshop showing a room full of folks. Courtesy of author.
Attendees from the conference standing together on a flight of stairs. Credit: P. PatiasThe 1st OBSERVE CARAVAN opens up participants to additional and new Earth Observation activities in Bulgaria and the Balkan region. Another event is planned for Serbia.

New Journal on South-Eastern European Earth Observation and Geomatics

Cover issue of a new scientific e-journal covering all of the Earth Observation societal benefit areas in South Eastern Europe
Cropped image of Cover issue of a new scientific e-journal covering all of the Earth Observation societal benefit areas in South Eastern Europe A new scientific e-journal covering all of the Earth Observation societal benefit areas in South Eastern Europe has been launched.

A Post-GEO Plenary Workshop on Earth Observations for the Social Benefit of the Balkans

Photo of OBSERVE's post GEO workshop
Photo of OBSERVE's post GEO workshopA report from a workshop held in Turkey by three 7th Framework Programme projects: OBSERVE, BALKANGEONET and EGIDA. This is the second in a series of articles on “Strengthening and development of Earth Observation activities for the environment in the Balkan area.”

An Introduction to OBSERVE, Strengthening and development of Earth Observation activities for the environment in the Balkan area

Observe logo
Observe logoThe aim of the OBSERVE project is to collect and compile all the necessary information for delivering an integrated analysis on the current status of Earth Observation activities and networks in the Balkans.