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1 EAMNet: Europe Africa Marine-EO Network Steve Groom, PML

2 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona EAMNet Overview EAMNet is a Coordination and Support Action project part financed by the European Commission (1M€ over three years) Started in 2010, ends June 2013 Pan African (not just sub-Saharan) PML, UK (coordinator) EAMNet partner New GNC system

3 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Overall Aim and Objectives of EAMNet To construct a network linking Earth Observation information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations Specific objectives 1.To improve access to marine EO data, increase data exchange and encourage increased use of EO 2.To develop long-term sustainable approaches to capacity building and maintenance in marine Earth Observation 3.To support development of Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Africa as a contribution to a worldwide observation system 4.To create a forum for African engagement in GMES Africa

4 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Achieving the Objectives: Capacity Continuum Expertise in Africa GMES data, services research Postgraduate/ New to RS Centre of Excellence Mid-career scientists Example data Improve access to GMES data Engagement in GMES R&D Lecture in professional training courses Coordinating R&D; Implementing in Africa results from GMES R&D Open fellowships Installation of GEONETCast Systems; web portal Targeted fellowships Master's level EO course in Africa Attend AARSE conferences Dissemination: Website / Newsletters External liaison Development of African training materials

5 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Links to GEO Work Plan SB-01 Oceans and Society: Blue Planet –C1 Global Ocean Information Coordination and Access –Promote the implementation of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)…….. –Provide advanced training in ocean observations and services, especially for personnel from developing countries and economies in transition, through a series of fellowship schemes, pilot projects (e.g. …. EAMNet) –C2 Operational Systems for Monitoring of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems –Promote the Chlorophyll Global Integrated Network (ChloroGIN)…

6 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Links to GEO Work Plan SB-01 Oceans and Society: Blue Planet –C4 Applications of Earth Observations and Information to Sustainable Fishery and Aquaculture Management –Accelerate the assimilation of Earth observation into fisheries research and ecosystem based fisheries management …. Relating fish catch to the 24ºC isotherm from EO data off the coasts of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana

7 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Links to GEO Work Plan IN-04 GEOSS Communication Networks –C2 GEONETCast Further develop GEONETCast…. disseminating data and products across all Societal Benefit Areas Expand interaction with networks of users in developing countries to improve access to data in areas with limited data accessibility…. Build capacity for using GEONETcast information, particularly in developing countries. IN-05 GEOSS Design and Interoperability

8 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Results: 1) Data Web based catalogue shows data available for Africa: existing GMES/Eumetsat and produced specifically by EAMNet

9 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona EAMNet data EAMNet provides data complementary to MyOcean / OSI-SAF –ocean colour and sea-surface temperature coverage of the entire African coast at 1km resolution: PML (MyOcean processor) + UCT –Additional areas & bespoke products for the African Monitoring for Environment and Sustainable Development (AMESD) project –High resolution lake coverage started with MERIS 300m data (for Ugandan receiving station on Lake Victoria) EAMNet AMESD User survey on data required

10 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Low-cost GEONETCast Reception Station Setup Aimed to establish 5 new low-cost GEONETCast receiving stations Provide access to data where the internet is limited Training on receiving stations completed Installation problematic due to a combination of technical issues, import bureaucracy and civil unrest in some countries  Lesson learnt: need much more time to install systems New GNC system

11 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Results 2) Capacity building & maintenance in EO Training survey –Still a need for specialist remote sensing training Addressed in EAMNet –Key requirement is on high level computer programming  Follow-on projects (e.g. GMES and Africa) should consider specific courses in programming A = No experience E = Remote sensing expert A = No experience E = Expert programmer

12 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona MSc Course Marine EO MSc course module developed Lectures available freely on the EAMNet website –http://www.eamnet.eu/cms/?q=node/99 DaySession 1Session 2Session 3 1Intro to Marine EO Christo Whittle (UCT) Measuring SST Christo Whittle (UCT) Prac: Global SST patterns Christo Whittle (UCT) 2Intro to Ocean Colour Stewart Bernard (CSIR) In water optics Stewart Bernard (CSIR) Prac: Benguela Current System Christo Whittle (UCT) 3Altimetry: SSH from space Helen Snaith (NOCS) Altimetry: SSH from space Helen Snaith (NOCS) Altimetry Prac: SSH from space Helen Snaith (UCT) 4SeaDAS Tutorial Christo Whittle (UCT) SeaDAS Tutorial Christo Whittle (UCT) BEAM Tutorial: Mark Matthews (UCT) 5Intro to Scatterometry Christo Whittle (UCT) Intro to Synthetic Aperture Radar Marjolaine Rouault (CSIR) Sourcing and combining EO data Mathieu Rouault (UCT)

13 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Regional training courses MSc course module used in: Joint EAMNet / Nansen- Tutu Centre African Operational Oceanography Workshop, June 2011 in Univ. Cape Town, South Africa West African training courses 19 – 30 March 2012 and March 2013 University of Ghana, Accra University of dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania regional course, August 2012 JRC/EAMNet Satellite oceanography course in November 2012, in parallel with AARSE 2012 and annual EAMNet meeting, El Jadida, Morocco A total of 90 students (~20 female) trained using a consistent EO course Training courses

14 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Results 3) Develop GOOS Africa…. Fellowships between EAMNet partners, either Africa to Africa or Africa to Europe and Open fellowships from any African marine institute / university to visit any African or European host 16 open fellowships in total during the project from North, South, West and East Africa 12 partner fellowships (so far) Lesson: fellowships good at starting links, coordinating R&D Some fellows were at the AARSE2012 conference Morocco, and….

15 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Open Fellowship: Success Story EAMNet fellow, Dr Lazare Akpetou, Cote d’Ivoire won best presentation (out of 100) at the AARSE2012 conference, Nov 2012 Work based on phenology of phytoplankton blooms in the Gulf of Guinea Relevant to GEO Blue Planet C4 Applications of Earth Observations and Information to Sustainable Fishery and Aquaculture Management.

16 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Targeted Fellowship Investigated software, like GeoServer, products like OpenLayers, that communicate using standard Open Geospatial Consortium protocols like WMS (Web Mapping Service) and WFS (Web Feature Service) Relevant to IN-05 GEOSS Design and Interoperability Andy Rabagliati, U Cape Town

17 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Conclusions: EAMNet Legacy High resolution (1km) data produced over all African regions A specific Masters course at UCT, UDSM, UG + other universities –~90 trainees from a wide range of African countries using GMES data Enhanced bi-lateral R&D, contacts etc between African Centres of Excellence and between Africa and Europe –16 fellowships + ~15 project fellowships 5 new GEONETCast systems: Still problematic A regular marine science presence at AARSE Engagement with national coastal monitoring agencies Contributions to the development of GOOS-Africa and marine science in GMES Africa Contributions to GEO work plan tasks

18 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Conclusions EAMNet has made contributions to development of a marine and coastal network in Africa Also relevant experience for GMES and Africa –Additional data needed to complement MyOcean/OSI-SAF most commonly used (ocean colour and SST) –Low cost receiving stations necessarily have much longer installation period, alternative models should be explored –On-going need for EO training: M.Sc. Module produced and freely available but need for more computing training –3 month fellowships give momentum to capability building at PhD/postdoc level EAMNet finishes in 2013 –Aim to keep some tasks going –Network of trainees –Seek to maintain the network with new funding

19 GEPW7 15 – 16 April 2013 Barcelona Thank you


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