On December 02-03, 2019, the work meeting on BalticSatApps project was held in Helsinki (Finland).
During the meeting, the Russian project partners reported on the results of the activities for the working period. The main attention was paid to user-driven Copernicus interface for communication between the Copernicus program and end users which is being developed with the participation of experts from St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Maria Ponomarenko reported about the main functions of the interface and demonstrated its work online on the example of solving thematic tasks with the use of Earth observation data.
On the 2nd day of the meeting, the project partners visited European Space Week. During the General Assembly of Copernicus Networks, the BalticSatApps representative, Chief researcher of the Finnish Meteorological Institute Ali Arslan Nadir made a report about the project and its current results, including the achievements of Russian partners and the prospects of cooperation with Russian specialists.
The event was organized by Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (National Research Council of Italy), EC Joint Research Centre, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (RADI CAS), European Space Agency.
One of the most interesting areas of modern developments, which was actively discussed at the conference, was the creation of integrating digital platforms that provide easy access for users to Earth remote sensing data, algorithms for their processing, and other information resources necessary for solving research and practical problems
LITSAM developments are within this research area, current results were presented in the report:
«Intellectual information platform bringing together diverse data and models for the interdisciplinary projects implementation and environmental management» (Authors: Viacheslav Zelentsov, Semyon Potriasaev, Ilya Pimanov).
On September 08-14, 2019, All-Russian scientific conference with international participation «Scientific issues of Russian rivers recovery and their solutions» took place in Nizhny Novgorod.
The conference was organized by Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Land water resources», Water Problems Institute of the RAS, Institute of Applied Physics of the RAS with the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Federal Agency for Water Resources and Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Nizhny Novgorod Region.
The event was held at Institute of Applied Physics of the RAS.
One of the key topics of the conference was the development of methods for risk assessment and forecasting of natural and man-made disasters on Russian rivers.
At the section «Hydrological and hydrophysical processes, extreme hydrological phenomena» LITSAM junior researcher Ilya Pimanov presented a report on the topic:
Experience in development and testing of information technologies for the automation of river floods integrated modeling (Authors: Viacheslav Zelentsov, Semyon Potriasaev, Ilya Pimanov, Maria Ponomarenko).
On September 03-06, 2019, international scientific conference «Geo-Information for Disaster Management 2019» (Gi4DM-2019) was held in Prague (Czech Republic).
The conference was organized by International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and took place at National Library of Technology.
The main topic of the conference was application of geoinformation technologies and remote sensing data for natural and man-made disaster monitoring and management including flood analysis, forest fire control, landslide, earthquake and geo-hazards monitoring and data processing.
At the section «Remote Sensing and GIS as Tools of Natural and Man-Made Disaster Management & New Approaches in Disaster Management Like Societal Science» LITSAM junior researcher Ilya Pimanov presented a report on the topic:
V. A. Zelentsov, S. A. Potryasaev, I. Y. Pimanov, and M. R. Ponomarenko. Integrated use of GIS, remote sensing data and a set of models for operational flood forecasting // Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-3/W8, 477–483. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-3-W8-477-2019, 2019.
On August 27-28, 2019, InnoForestView project meeting was held in Punkaharju (Finland).
The meeting was attended by all project partners – representatives of St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre, St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and SPIIRAS. During the meeting, partners presented the current results of project activities.
LITSAM Chief researcher Viacheslav Zelentsov summarized SPIIRAS progress within the first 5 months of project implementation. Maria Ponomarenko made a detailed report on performed activities according to the 2 main SPIIRAS working packages: «Satellite data thematic processing and interpretation» and «Innovative Information system implementation». Leading Programmer Victor Mochalov pointed out the importance of taking into account the formulated input data requirements for further efficient analysis of data from different sources. Senior Researcher Semyon Potryasaev presented main features of an information system prototype to be developed by SPIIRAS and the experience in intelligent information technologies development and application for solving practical tasks in different thematic areas.
In addition, participants visited Luke’s field trial locations and were introduced to methodologies and drone technology used in the project research.
On June 24-28, 2019, 8th International Young Scientists Conference in Computational Science was held at the University of Crete (Heraklion, Greece). One of the organizers of the event was Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University).
At the conference, LITSAM junior researcher Alexander Semenov presented a report: «Application suggesting attractive walking routes for pedestrians using an example of Saint-Petersburg city».
On June 21, 2019, a practical seminar «How to create a startup using the opportunities of Copernicus Program» was held in the framework of 6th All-Russian Forum «IT Dialogue».
The seminar was organized by Russian-European Innovation Partnership, Committee on IT and Communications of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of RAS and Zero Gravity Oy (Finland) within the BalticSatApps project.
Firstly, the head of the Department of infrastructure technologies and integration systems development (Committee on IT and Communications) Andrey Kashin made a welcoming speech. He noted that the Committee on IT and Communications is interested in the implementation of the BalticSatApps project, the main idea of which corresponds to a number of governmental and private initiatives to increase satellite data application.
Then the executive director of Russian-European Innovation Partnership Maria Kuzko presented the main goals and objectives of project. Remote sensing expert from Russian-European Innovation Partnership Kirill Kozlov reported on the current results of the project.
SPIIRAS representative Maria Ponomarenko presented the opportunities of Copernicus program for startups: remote sensing data and technologies, thematic services and their application, as well as options for using Copernicus data as a source of information for creating startups.
The seminar ended with a discussion on the use of satellite data in solving thematic problems in different areas of interest. The discussion was curated by Maria Ponomarenko, who answered questions from the seminar participants and also presented an interface which is being developed with the support of SPIIRAS for Russian users to interact with remote sensing data, including data from the Copernicus program.
Much interest was aroused by the toolkit developed by Russian partners in the framework of the BalticSatApps project: Evgeniy Panidi (Head of the department of cartography and geoinformatics, Saint Petersburg University) noted that it can be useful for teaching students the principles of remote sensing.