Eurescom mess@ge 1-2012
Cover Theme: Environmental Observation and the Future Internet
Understanding our natural environment in all its’ complexity is of crucial importance for the survival and long-term well-being of humankind. Information and communication technologies have helped us to collect and access more information about the Earth than any generation before us. And this is only the beginning. Current European research projects are working on utilising the emerging capabilities of the future Internet to create a global Earth observation system that will allow us to know what is going on in the seas, on land, and in the atmosphere. This issue of Eurescom mess@ge highlights the progress already made in creating a global Internet-based system for environmental observation as well as the R&D challenges and opportunities on the way ahead.
The introductory article by Eurescom mess@ge editor-in-chief Milon Gupta provides an overview on the current global initiatives in the area of Earth observation.
Jose Lorenzo Mon from Atos Research presents the European Future Internet research project ENVIROFI, which he is coordinating. The project is laying the foundation for an environmental observation web.
Conor Delaney and Paul Gaughan from the Marine Institute in Ireland explain the latest research activities on next-generation decision support tools for the global marine sector.
Sven Schade from the JRC provides a first-hand report on the EuroGEOSS contributions to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.
In an exclusive interview for Eurescom mess@ge, geo-information scientist Prof. Yola Georgiadou shares her views on the Digital Earth concept.
For further articles see the table of contents.