Copernicus for Land and Water (RIA)
Project results are expected to contribute to the following expected outcomes:
– Enhanced quality and efficiency of the Copernicus Land Monitoring service to respond respectively to several Green Deal policy and/or user requirements, including those related to the EU mission: “Climate neutral and smart cities”, and to technological developments.
– Development of efficient and reliable new products chains, calling for new paradigms in data fusion, data processing and data visualisation essential for the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service to handle more high-volume satellite data sets and product sets.
– Development of efficient and reliable integrated products chains, calling with a holistic approach for better land use planning and hydrological monitoring and forecasting, combining and assimilating the current Copernicus service products.
– Development of a common leading-edge approach across services, and in the area of hydrological modelling serving the interests of various applications including agriculture, navigation, energy, flood prevention, and considering also hydrological climate change monitoring, assimilation of hydrological fluxes at the land-sea interface in ocean models, inland water river monitoring and forecasting (short term forecasting and climate monitoring).
– Development of new algorithms and processing chains (e.g. data fusion, combination, assimilation, into monitoring and forecasting models) preparing also for the use of the new types of space observation data (being from new Sentinels or other contributing missions).
Projects should focus on either :
– the development of new and innovative methods to integrate the current land products into land surface, land use and cover change, and more sophisticated land planning and allocation models for different environment.
– the development of an integrated, harmonized and coherent product provision system making use of new and innovative methods and observations (e.g.; SWOT mission) to improve the portfolio of the current inland and coastal/shore hydrological satellite observation products with more sophisticated and/or new products, in order to improve global scale hydrological monitoring and forecasting.
The projects should build, where possible and relevant, on open-source models, tools and datasets already used or produced by the existing Copernicus services.
Activities are expected to achieve TRL 5-6 by the end of the project. The total indicative budget for the topic is EUR 4.00 million. The Commission estimates that an EU contribution of between EUR 1.50 and 2.00 million would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be established in one of the following countries:
– the Member States of the European Union, including their outermost regions,
– the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) linked to the Member States,
– countries associated to Horizon Europe,
– some low- and middle-income countries
Furter information on the eligible countries in the Annex B of Horizon Europe’s Work Programme General Annexes : https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/docs/2021-2027/horizon/wp-call/2023-2024/wp-13-general-annexes_horizon-2023-2024_en.pdf.