Co-operative Earth observation research policy report released

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The European Commission’s EPIC Project has released new policy recommendations for co-operative Earth observation research projects between the EU and Singapore.

The European-Pacific Partnership for ICT Collaboration (EPIC), a Horizon 2020-funded project which oversees collaboration on innovation in ICT between the EU, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, this week published its report ‘The Future of Singapore-Europe Earth Observation Research Co-operation’ – the second in a series of policy briefs aimed at informing stakeholders in the partner countries of developments in co-operative spatial intelligence initiatives. The previous policy briefing, which focused on spatial research co-operation between the EU and Australia, was released in May 2019.

Austria-based technology consultant Erich Prem said: “There is an obvious trend towards spatial intelligence and its use in virtually all sectors of the economy, from agriculture to tourism, and from emergency response to quality of life.”

The brief examines developments currently ongoing in the space sector, including spatial intelligence and sensing; and the drivers for further research and innovation, focusing on the ways European and Singaporean researchers can collaborate on future research projects. It explores particularly the potential for co-operative Earth observation research projects drawing on data collected by Copernicus, the EU’s earth observation programme; and provides a series of recommendations for further developments and collaborative projects within the partnership, including the establishment of joint endeavours beyond sharing satellite data and the implementation of co-operative or matching funding models for Earth observation initiatives.

Dr Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission, is quoted in the report as saying: “There are many potential benefits of Copernicus for Singapore. The programme’s free and open satellite data and information from the Copernicus Services can be used for a variety of applications relevant to the city-state’s particular situation. These include biodiversity monitoring, maritime surveillance, disaster risk reduction and emergency management are just a few examples of the Copernicus-related areas of benefit.”

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