BEYOND aims to maintain and expand the existing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research potential, by Building a Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation based monitoring of Natural Disasters in south-eastern Europe, with a prospect to increase it access range to the wider Mediterranean region through the integrated cooperation with twining organizations.
Through BEYOND it will be possible to:
- Set up innovative integrated observational solutions that will allow to a multitude of monitoring networks (space borne and ground-based) to operate in a complementary, unified and coordinated manner.
- Create archives and databases of long series of observations and derived higher level products, and
- Make these observations and products available for exploitation with the involvement of stakeholders, scientists and/or institutional users, applicable for down-streaming to their specific needs.
The research portfolio covers a broad spectrum of phenomena such as earthquakes, volcanoes, extreme weather events, fires, fire smoke and toxic gasses, emission concentrations, manmade hazards, dust storms, air quality and impacts to human health, which are described under the three research domains of BEYOND, that are:
- RD1: Meteorological and human induced hazards,
- RD2: Geophysical hazards, and
- RD3: Atmospheric pollution and air quality, with direct and indirect effects on public health and ecosystems.
BEYOND will focus on improving the interdisciplinary approach which is necessary for disaster management, crossing the boundaries between the traditional academic disciplines, technological expertise, and research methodologies.
Moreover, through BEYOND, the National Observatory of Athens will enhance its international collaborations, via twining with high excellence partners at European level, drawing new creative perspectives in the Relevant Research Area, and allowing sustainable collaborative schemes to be formed and synergies to flourish in the future.
The collaboration schemes foreseen in BEYOND, and the coordinated operation of monitoring infrastructures, will allow to up-scale the NOA’s regional role for contribution to the ERA on disaster management, and together with the partnering organizations built in the appropriate capacity level for providing innovative solutions and information to the involved communities for sustaining the centre’s operation in future.