GMES & Africa e-Station was recently installed on the premises of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. This equipment was a gift from the African Union and European Union Commissions, under the GMES and Africa Program, 2017-2021
GMES & Africa eStation Installed at the CSIR
Through the European Union funded African Union managed Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa program a EUMETSAT e-Station was recently installed on the premises of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. The CSIR is the leading partners in the Southern African consortiums that is funded through the GMES and Africa grant project names the Marine and Coastal Information Management System (MarCOSouth) and is focused on the marine and coastal area theme.
The eStation is an operational distributable open-source data processing tool that aims to build and strengthen capacities in Africa to receive, process, analyze and exploit Earth Observation (EO) data for environmental management. The eStation collects data from various sources that include, amongst others, the EUMETSAT and Copernicus services. The installation of the eStation will enable regional partners and various research, academic, and industry organizations to have access to EO data through the eStation and the MarCOSouth portal (www.marcosouth.co.za) to support the implementation of sustainable development policies at continental, regional and national level.
The European Union funded Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa Program aims to promote more sustainable management of natural resources by improving decision-making use of earth observation (EO) data.
The GMES and Africa Marine and Coastal Operations for Southern Africa (MarCoSouth) Project, through the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and the IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States and together with Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO), are pilot partners for the Ocean InfoHub Project in the Africa region.
The MarCOSouth project activities are designed to enable the Southern African coastal region to solve and address local, regional and global challenges and to promote sustainable development under the European Union’s Copernicus programme.
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