The Management Team of MED-SUV would like to report that two critical goals for the project community were achieved these last months. The first goal regards the appointment of both Mt. Etna and Campi Flegrei/Vesuvius as Supersites and the second goal concerns the end of the Amendment process.
During the first year of project the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), as “in-situ” data provider for the Italian Volcanoes Supersites, submitted to the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS) two proposals, one for Mt. Etna and one for the Campi Flegrei/Vesuvius areas for the GEO Supersite selection process. CEOS supports the Geohazard Supersites Initiative of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The Initiative focuses at improving and extending the scientific knowledge of geologic processes posing natural hazards. In particular, GEO envisages “reducing the vulnerability to geological hazards by improving the scientific understanding of hazardous events through worldwide scientific collaboration”. For the purpose, the key objective of the Geohazard Supersites Initiative is “to enrich our knowledge about geohazards by empowering the global scientific community through collaboration of space and in‐situ data providers and cross‐domain sharing of data and knowledge”.
Last June 2014, the selection process for the two MED-SUV targeted volcanic areas successfully ended with the appointment of the Italian volcanoes to Supersites, being Sven Borgstrom and Giuseppe Puglisi the Point of Contacts (PoC) of the Vesuvius/Campi Flegrei and Mt. Etna Supersites respectively. For each area and satellite system, CEOS assigned a maximum number of scenes available.
Currently, INGV with the support of the MED-SUV Management Team is dealing with the Space Agencies in order to organize the provision and distribution for SAR satellite data, according to the respective data access policies and technical facilities.
In the next weeks, the MED-SUV consortium will be updated about the ways and rules to access and use the data.
Link to the GEO page dedicated to the Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories : http://supersites.earthobservations.org/
The amendment process that started last February 2014 successfully concluded last August. Now, after more than a year, on behalf the MED-SUV Consortium, the Management Team is pleased to officially welcome CIVISA in the project community !!!
Contact : Letizia Spampinato and Giuseppe Puglisi Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo-sezione di Catania (medsuv[at]ct.ingv.it)