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Title: Strategic issues

Strategic issues
M. Nyenhuis, R. Busskamp, S. Göbel, T. Lüllwitz
Technical reference
  • Status-quo analysis (Oct 2009-Aug 2010)
  • Report sent to key European organisations for
    review (3 review cycles)
  • User requirements and gaps catalogue of
    organisations, programmes and projects (FP6, FP7,
    GMES etc.) strengths, challenges, opportunities
  • European expert workshop on Water SBA (May 2010,
  • Pan-European organisations and programmes major
    actors at European Member States level (via
    HLWG) 35 organisations contacted
  • Review of status-quo report breakout sessions on
    strategic topics such as data sharing,
    international cooperation, user requirements etc.
  • Reports are available at http//

Status quo analysis main findings
  • European strengths in Earth observation
  • Earth observation technology/systems expertise
  • e.g. operational hydrological networks data
    archives satellite missions that deliver
    hydrological meteorological data WFD
  • Programmatic frameworks
  • e.g. GMES, INSPIRE, EU Framework Programme,
    capacity building programmes (focus on Africa)
  • International cooperation
  • e.g. Europe supports implementation of key
    international frameworks such as GCOS/GTOS, IHP
    and HWRP EU Member States host international
    data centres (GRDC, GPCC, IGRAC) support to
    GEO/GEOSS (!)
  • Main challenges for Water SBA
  • Fragmentation of the Water sector in Europe
    lack of coordination of EU contributions towards
  • Obstacles on data sharing, especially as regards
    in-situ data

Strategic recommendations for action (1/3)
  • Improve coordination of GEOSS related
    hydrological activities in Europe.
  • Europe has developed extensive capabilities and
    expertise in the water sector
  • Europe is facing a strong fragmentation of the
    water sector (diversity of topics institutional
  • GEOSS as on overarching framework to establish a
    pan-European coordination process in the Water
  • Actions
  • Establish links of the HLWG to existing European
    expert groups in the field of hydrology, e.g. WMO
    Working Group on Climate and Hydrology within the
    Regional Association VI (Europe)
  • Increase internal and external visibility of
    European GEOSS activities

Strategic recommendations for action (2/3)
  • Develop coordinated, targeted observations of the
    global water cycle and assure a proper European
  • In support of the political/strategic role of the
    HLWG, coordinated actions at implementation level
    need to be elaborated
  • Coordinate European contributions to the Water
    SBA Tasks and aim at closing major observation
  • Actions
  • Establish a European regional branch under the
    GEO Water Cycle Community of Practice (CoP) to
    support the implementation of the Water SBA
  • Link relevant programmatic developments with the
    Water SBA Tasks, especially the development of
    the GMES in-situ component (coordinated by the
    EEA) and the GMES Africa Action Plan
  • Support the deployment of remote sensing
    technologies for hydrological applications, e.g.
    in the framework of a CEOS virtual constellation

Strategic recommendations for action (3/3)
  • Foster the exchange of hydrological data.
  • Technological issues and restrictive, complex
    data policies pose a major obstacle for the
    exchange of hydrological data
  • INSPIRE, GMES, WISE (Water Information System for
    Europe) as major European frameworks for
    (hydrological) data exchange
  • Actions
  • Support the development of standards for the
    exchange of hydrological data, e.g. in the
    framework of the OGC Domain Working Group
  • Work towards compatibility of INSPIRE and the
    GEOSS Data Sharing Principles
  • Enable the access to the WISE database through
    the GEOSS Common Infrastructure
  • Facilitate the implementation of GEOSS Data
    Sharing Principles in European Member States

Thank you !
Michael Nyenhuis, Stephanie Göbel Department of
Geography, University of Bonn michael.nyenhuis_at_uni
Ralf Busskamp, Thomas Lüllwitz Federal Institute
of Hydrology (BfG)
GEO Strategic Target. Before 2015, GEO aims to
Produce comprehensive sets of data and
information products to support decision-making
for efficient management of the world's water
resources, based on coordinated, sustained
observations of the water cycle on multiple
scales. European Target. Europe aims to
improve the sustained observation of water cycle
components and the coordination of hydrological
activities in Europe, combined with an increased
exchange of data. Europe intends to offer its
expertise and to work with its GEO partners to
support global capacity building, with a specific
focus on Africa. Actions (derived from water
European strengths
  • Earth observation systems expertise
  • Operational hydrological networks maintained by
  • Data archives, monitoring and early warning
    systems and maps, e.g. Water Information System
    for Europe (WISE), European Water Archive (EWA),
    Int. Hydrogeological Map of Europe (IHME),
    European Flood Alert System (EFAS), European
    Drought Observatory (EDO)
  • The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) as a
    legal basis for Integrated Water Resources
    Management (IWRM)
  • European and international satellite missions
    that deliver hydrological EO, e.g. SMOS, ASCAT
    (on MetOp), GOCE, GRACE, future GMES Sentinels
    and meteorological satellites as such

European strengths
  • Programmatic frameworks
  • The GMES programme
  • Water resource and food security services and
    products in Europe, but also at global level, and
    with a special focus on Africa
  • Transfer of GMES into the initial operations
    phase (2011-13) is an important milestone to
    establish a sustainable Earth observation
    programme in Europe
  • Through the INSPIRE process, Europe has acquired
    considerable experience in the field of spatial
    data standardisation and infrastructure
  • EU Framework Programme contains funds dedicated
    to GEO
  • Engagement in capacity building for Earth
    observations through dedicated programmes such as
    PUMA, EUMETCast, TIGER and AMESD and various
    national European projects

European strengths
  • International cooperation
  • European contributions to implementation of key
    international frameworks such as GCOS/GTOS, IHP
    and HWRP
  • EU Member countries host international data
    centres such as GRDC, GPCC and IGRAC and provide
    scientific expertise
  • WFD as a legal basis for international
    cooperation and data exchange in transboundary
    river catchments
  • European support of the GEO process
  • Financial contribution
  • Representation in GEO Committees
  • Support to GEO Tasks
  • Contributions are self-organized, no overall EU
    plan/strategy visible