EPSILON International SA is an environmental sciences and GIS technologies company in Greece, that has accomplished since 1991 200+ major environment and GIS projects in worldwide partnerships. It delivers sciences, consulting and GIS applications services in the sectors of city management & emergency, forest management and emergency, statistics, digital aerial photography & mapping, GIS digital mapping, GIS added value products, and environmental s/w and models included forest fire models.
In the Wildland & Forest Fire Management, EPSILON:
- Delivered the FP5/FOMFIS project and consequently participated into numerous FP/EC related projects.
- Was granted in 2003 Forest Fire Management technology platform for the Athens-2004 Olympic Games Security System to which it delivered to the Hellenic Fire Brigade: (i) Several Forest Fire Models (e.g., forecasting, fire propagation, operational forest fire management, impacts), (ii) The Database relate to the operation of the forest fires, Applications and Training, Manuals, (iii) A Portal technology, and (iv) System Optimization Technologies for Fire Combating.
- Delivered the FP6/SCIER project (coordinator) that offered a webGIS based Forest Fire Management Platform.
- Conducted several national projects on Forest Fire Management linked to Civil Protection.
- Produced in Association with EU Partners the ArcFIRE webGIS platform as a product delivered to the market for webGIS WFF management services
The Faculty of Forestry and Natural Environment is one of the 43 Faculties of Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, responsible for training more than 500 undergraduate and about 200 graduate students on all aspects of ecology and management of forest and range resources.
The Laboratory of Forest Management and Remote Sensing is one of the 18 Laboratories of the Faculty. The unit carries out graduate and postgraduate teaching and is involved in research in the fields of environmental monitoring and management of natural ecosystems by using modern analysis methods and techniques including Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, and Digital Photogrammetry. The Laboratory also organises lectures and seminars, national and international conferences, and encourages scientific cooperation and exchange with corresponding laboratories of Greek and foreign organisations, institutes, universities, companies and other public and private enterprises. In recent years, the unit has undertaken research in the fields of environmental resource management, soil and soil erosion mapping, desertification modelling, environmental degradation assessment, landscape ecology, biodiversity and forest fire modelling, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Decision Support Systems (DSS).
ALGOSYSTEMS is a Greek IT company active in developing information technology applications and systems for the public and private sector. The last twenty years the company participated in several national and EU R&D projects concerning IT technology, Environmental management and protection of forests from fires.
The objective is to apply and test the research results in practice and commercialize successful products and techniques. In this frame, ALGOSYSTEMS developed G.FMIS a GIS-based forest fire simulation software which is currently used by the Greek Fire Brigades as operational tool for supporting decisions of fire management.
ALGOSYSTEMS was the Coordinator of PROMETHEUS European R&D project which developed the European set of forest fuel types called PROMETHEUS fuel typology. PROMETHEUS fuel typology has been used for mapping purposes at the local or regional scale in different countries of the EU.
ALGOSYSTEMS created regional maps of forest fuels based on the typology of PROMETHEUS for some regions of Greece which are used operationally.
ALGOSYSTEMS maintain these maps in order to be used reliably by the competent authorities. Currently ALGOSYSTEMS participates in a consortium led by GMV (Spain) which implement a project for JRC Ispra dealing with a new approach of characterizing and classifying the vegetation of the European forest areas according to the potential of vegetation in terms of flammability, combustibility and impact to the ecosystem. The spatial resolution and the context of this approach is very coarse and can’t be used for fuel management and forest fire prevention at the country level which is the purpose of “ArcFUEL”.
GMV is a privately owned technological business group with international presence. Founded in 1984, GMV offers solutions, services and products in diverse sectors: Aeronautics, Banking and Finances, Space (mission planning and ground segment applications), Defence, Health, Security, Transportation, Telecommunications, and Information Technology for national and International Public Administration and large corporations.
GMV’s objective is to support technologically advanced solutions by providing integrated systems, specialized products, and services that cover the entire service life. In this sense, the Earth Observation technological developments proposed in the development of “ARCFUEL” interest GMV on the application side (satellite Earth observation for environmental sustainability) on the methodologies to follow for deriving the fuel categories (refinement of algorithms to determine environmental components from satellites, GIS) and on the development of software development. Within GMV, the SEOPS/URS Division (Science and Earth Observing Processing Systems Unit / User Segment Division) will undertake the responsibilities planned in this proposal. URS division centralizes the vast majority of GMV’s background and experience in applied Earth Observation, and is it has participated in a number of contracts relevant to the present ITT.
ADAI (Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Aerodinâmica Industrial – Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics) is a non-profit association created in 1990 by some research teams from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Coimbra, in order to promote scientific and consultant work in the domain of Industrial Aerodynamics.
ADAI has been developing, since its foundation and in co-operation with national and international institutions, a large number of actions aiming the implementation and development of knowledge in its specific scientific areas. It has a scientific and technical staff of about sixty elements, twenty four having PhD degrees.
The CEIF (Center for Forest Fire Studies) is a branch of ADAI dedicated to the research on forest fires. Its main objective is the promotion of scientific knowledge of the phenomena related to forest fire occurrence and spread. This goal is achieved mainly through the development of research projects and advanced training activities, as well as with the participation in pilot projects and actions in cooperation with operational institutions.
ADAI is in charge of two scientific laboratories: the Laboratório de Aerodinâmica Industrial (LAI) and the Laboratório de Estudos sobre Incêndios Florestais (LEIF), situated respectively in Coimbra and in Lousã. These laboratories constitute unique facilities in their field existing in Portugal and in Europe. LEIF is specifically designed to support experimental research on forest fires. ADAI has access to a series of field plots where experimental controlled fires have been carried out during the past European and national funded projects.
Of particular relevance for the present project is the experience that our Team acquired in the performance of the JRC Contract FUELMAP and the contracts that ADAI had with the Portuguese Forestry Services on the characterization of the Urban Wild land Interface. We produced a fuel Guide that was adopted by the Portuguese Authorities and have the capacity to characterize fuel properties and to perform field work.
Epsilon Italia srl is a fully independent private SME established in 1996 in Cosenza, southern Italy. The aim of the company is to provide Innovative Technologies in the following areas:
- satellite telecommunications (both space and ground segments)
- Geographic Information: Remote Sensing, GIS and WEBGIS
Epsilon Italia primarily focuses on a successful transfer of innovative technologies to the end-users. Due to the vast technical experience of its human resources, Epsilon Italia is usually involved in the development and application of new technologies and in Research & Development activities, either directly or in partnership with Universities and Research Centres.
Experience in the area of the proposal:
Custom GIS applied to Forest Fires: Design and development of a custom GIS-based sw platform supporting the forest fire management, based on the integration of multi-source real-time and offline data and of physical-mathematical models for the prevention, prevision, management of the emergencies, impact assessment.The integration is performed in ESRI environment and the development is performed in .NET environment. (ArcFIRE project in cooperation with Epsilon
- Remote Sensing: Satellite data processing (both optical and radar sensors at all spatial resolutions): image enhancement, classification, information extraction, retrieval of environmental parameters, algorithm adaptation. (MIRASAT, ISPARIDE and SERVIR projects in cooperation with University of Calabria and National Research Council).
- INSPIRE Implementation: Design of data models and metadata profiles according to INSPIRE Implementing Rules and Guidelines, data and metadata harmonisation, data and metadata remodelling, deployment of OGC compliant web services (MEDISOLAE-3D and NatureSDI+ EU econtent projects).
- Geoportals: Design of geoportals using both proprietary and open source sw platforms. Integration of professional web services in 2D and 3D platforms like Google Maps, Google Earth, Virtual Earth using mash-up technologies. (MEDISOLAE-3D EU econtent project, Galileo-Marine project in cooperation with Epsilon International, SIPITEC geoportal for Local Administrations).
- User requirement assessment and stakeholders interviews: Conduction of extensive User requirement analyses through stakeholders interviews and processing of their feedback in the Civil Protection context (ProMyLife and URBANRISK projects co-funded by Civil Protection Unit of DG Environment of EC).