Alcantara Symposium 2014: Space research bridging knowledge gaps across borders
At the turn of the XXI century, humanity is looking for answers to questions with profound implications for life on our planet and elsewhere in the universe. How can space data help bring together researchers from countries around the world, and support their work on tackling global issues? The motto ¨think globally, act locally¨ might well apply.
Alcantara is an initiative within ESA’s General Studies Programme that provides a framework for cooperation between research groups in Europe and those based elsewhere, in study areas of mutual benefit within the field of space research and its applications. Examples include the use of Earth Observation data in support of water management in Africa, or the characterisation of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) signal propagation at equatorial latitudes.
There are two types of studies supported by the European Space Agency within the Alcantara initiative, Pilot Studies and Competence Surveys.
The first group of studies, initiated by ESA in 2012 following the first Alcantara Announcement of Opportunity to the research community, have now come to an end. A symposium is organized to present the final results of the studies, to provide an insight into the progress made within the projects and discuss the results of this first Alcantara round. International researchers participating in these projects will deliver summary presentations on their work, and the leaders of the study teams will be invited to discuss the Alcantara initiative.
For more details on the Alcantara studies in the 1st Announcement of Opportunity, click here.
Practical details of the Final Presentation day
- Date of Symposium: 20 February 2014
- Location: Einstein room, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
- All those interested are welcome to join the event within the maximum capacity of the venue. External participants please send an email with your contact details to Zivile.Dalikaite (at) esa.int.
Remote access: The meeting can be followed by WebEx, the access details are:
Meeting Number: 846 577 501
Meeting Password: GSPAlcantara2014
- The agenda of the Final Presentation day is a follows:
|09:00-09:15||Andrés Galvez (ESA)||Alcantara: a GSP initiative for international studies|
|09:15-09:30||Benjamin Koetz (ESA)||EOEP Alcantara TIGER studies|
Frank O. Annor (Ghana)
& Nick van de Giesen, Olivier Hoes (TU Delft)
|Water reservoir mapping, Ghana|
Elijah K. Cheruiyot (Kenya),
& Massimo Menenti, Ben Gorte (TU Delft)
|Monitoring of aquatic plants proliferation, Lake Victoria|
Nadia Akdim (Morocco),
& Massimo Menenti, Silvia M. Alfieri (TU Delft)
|Definition of EO indicators for irrigation performance monitoring, Morocco|
Hanan Farag (Egypt),
& Suhyb Salama, Christiaan van der Tol (ITC, U. Twente)
|Ecological Modelling in the Nile Delta, Egypt|
Jonathan Kampata (Zambia),
& Tom Rientjes , Joris Timmermans (ITC, U. Twente)
|Integrated Water Resource Management in Zambia|
Joseph O. Mtamba (Tanzania),
& Zoltán Vekerdy & Rogier van der Velde (ITC, U. Twente)
|Modelling River Hydrodynamic and Sediment Transport Processes in the Mara Wetlands, Tanzania|
|14:00–14:15||Roberto Prieto-Cerdeira (ESA)||Low-latitude ionosphere GNSS monitoring|
|14:15–14:45||Biagio Forte (Univ. of Bath)||MEDSTEC: Low-latitude ionosphere in Africa|
|14:45–15:15||Sandro Radicella (International Center of Theoretical Physics)||ICTP: Low-latitude ionosphere in Africa|
|15:30–16:00||Gabriella Povero (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella)||GINESTRA: Low-latitude ionosphere in South-East Asia|
|16:00–16:30||Lucilla Alfonsi (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia)||MIMOSA: Low-latitude ionosphere in South America|
To access the presentations, please click here.