TURAS (Transitioning Towards Urban Resilience and Sustainabilityaims to enable European cities and their rural interfaces to build vitally-needed resilience in the face of significant sustainability challenges through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. The increasing proportion of people living in urban areas has led to a range of environmental issues and sustainability challenges. In order to ensure that urban living is sustainable and that cities have the resilience to cope with environmental change these challenges must be met.

                                                                                                               Associated partnership started from 2013 


EOPOWER (Earth Observation for Economic Empowerment)

The purpose of the EOPOWER project is to create conditions for sustainable economic development through the increased use of Earth observation products and services for environmental applications. This purpose serves the higher goal of effective use of Earth observation for decision making and management of economic and sustainable development processes.

The EOPOWER project builds on the results of the GEONetCab, BalkanGEONet, OBSERVE, enviroGRIDS, SEOCA and EGIDA projects. The GEONetCab project produced global and regional marketing studies, success stories, marketing toolkits and valuable feedback from promotion activities and quick-win projects. This enables the EOPOWER project and the partners involved to benefit fully from the experience of the GEONetCab and the other projects.

Associated partnership started from 2013

With 30 partners distributed in 15 countries, the enviroGRIDS project is contributing to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) by promoting the use of web-based services to share and process large amounts of key environmental information in the Black Sea catchment (2.2 mio. km2, 24 countries, 160 million inhabitants). The main aim of the project is to assess water resource in the past, the present and the future, according to different development scenarios. The objective is also to develop datasets that are compatible with the European INSPIRE Directive on spatial data sharing across Europe. The data and metadata gathered and produced on the Black Sea catchment will be distributed through the enviroGRIDS geoportal. 

The challenge is to convince and help regional data holders to make available their data and metadata to a larger audience in order to improve our capacity to assess the sustainability and vulnerability of the environment.

 Associated partnership started from 2011

 - 2011 – 2013 

Collaboration & partnership: 

 University of Geneva (Switzerland)

 Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of NAS RA (Armenia)

 Institute of Informatics and Automation Problems NAS RA (Armenia)

Funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The present Institutional Partnership project aims at building capacities in two leading Armenia Institutions in regard to the management, processing, and sharing of geospatial data in the environmental domain.

In order to achieve high quality time- and cost-effective environmental assessment and research studies in Armenia, there is indeed a strong needs to deploy a standardized Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) dedicated to a wide array of environmental data. There is also a strong need to process computationally-demanding analyses in an efficient manner, notably through distributed computing such as Grid computing. The partnership is built around five joint activities.

The 2-year project runs from September 2011 to August 2013 and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation under the SCOPES (Scientific Cooperation Projects with Eastern Europe) program.

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