European GNSS for GEEO and GEOSS map

Sten Bergstrand

This report aims at creating a representative GNSS for GEEO and GEOSS European map. This map shall identify relevant institutions and key representatives. To this aim deliverable D1.4 European GNSS for GEEO and GEOSS map documents past and ongoing GNSS activities for GEEO and GEOSS; including but not limited to EC, GMES, GSA, ESA, national, local and private industry projects.

The report lists a number of areas where GNSS is used for the social benefit areas (SBA) applications: agriculture, biodiversity, climate, disasters, ecosystems, energy, health, water, and weather. The main focus has been to identify areas where GNSS is used and not confining the search to European uses.

The report consists of two parts: an appendix providing detailed information of the European map identifying relevant institutions and key players, and a synthesis report (this document) providing an analysis of the previous. The task to rank the relevance of identified players is beyond the scope of this report, whereas the report (including the Appendix) is meant to provide the necessary information to make such a ranking possible.

The Gfg2 ambition to benefit GEEO and GEOSS beyond positioning, in many cases seems hard to meet. In the majority of applications, the GNSS position determination is the most utilized of the GNSS deliverables However, spreading the knowledge of different ways of working with GNSS that goes beyond unaided satellite signal reception, e.g. real time kinematic positioning, atmospheric tomography and reflectometry may add values to research areas that are currently not utilized. The recommendation for Gfg2 is to identify and intensify contact with existing SBA networks.

This report is meant to be an input to work packages that identifies industrial partners connected to GNSS use (WP 2), support WP3 identify the road-mapping team as well as provide contact data with GNSS and SBA specialists. Also, the report may be read to understand how and at what level GNSS educational material should be addressed.

The target audience is GNSS experts who might find applications of GNSS that one is currently not aware of. SBA specialists that read the report should hopefully reflect whether GNSS usage (mainly in accurate position determination and position evolution, i.e. velocities or level shifts) can be utilized in their own SBA.

Publication date: 
December, 2011
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