ERMES 2nd Annual Meeting

The 2nd ERMES annual meeting was held on March 21-23, 2016 at the premises of the School of Forestry and Natural Environment of Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki (Greece). The main event took place the first two days (21-22 March) with the participation of the Project Coordinator and representatives of all Project Partners. The third day was devoted to bilateral meetings with end-users, who were visited by representatives of the Project Consortium.

During the 1st day of the meeting, representative of the Project Partners provided an update on the status of the processing chains for the various ERMES products and services, as well as summary presentations on the work undertaken during the previous growing season. Moreover, the status of the ERMES tools and their improvements since the previous annual meeting were presented and discussed. More specifically, the agenda for the 21st of March was organized into six sessions:

Session 1: Welcome and project status overview

Session 2: Meteorological data archive and forecast

Session 3: Modelling solutions at local and regional scale

Session 4: Earth observing data processing and respective products at regional scale

Session 5: Earth observing data processing and respective products at local scale

Session 6: ERMES tools: Geo-portals and Smart Apps

The 2nd day of the meeting was restricted to the Project’s Partners and it was mainly dedicated to planning the activities related to the third year of the project, as well as deciding on the exact strategy to be followed during the 2016 growing season demonstration.

During the 3rd day, representatives of the Project Consortium visited some of the Greek end-users, in order to showcase the results of the 2015 demonstration process and receive feedbacks for optimising the second—and final—demonstration of 2016. More specifically, five bilateral meetings were held between strategic Greek end-users and ERMES partners’ representatives from the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment of the National Research Council (Italy), the University of Milan (Italy), the Cereal Institute of the Hellenic Agricultural Organisation DEMETER (Greece) and the Forest Management and Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).