SLR presented expertise to the European Commission
Posted: October 10, 2016 /
SLR was invited to present at the recent "EU Research and Innovation in Support
to the Earth observation Market" workshop, organised by the
Directorate Climate Action and Resource Efficiency of European Commission's DG
Research and Innovation (DG RTD) in Brussels. Peter Kinghan, Principal, SLR Consulting
Ireland, presented examples of SLR’s work using remote sensing (related to O&G,
mining and waste projects) along with
ideas on how to bridge the gap between research / innovation and viable
commercial end uses.
delivered by Peter was well received and the EC officials were particularly
interested in the type of work SLR does, how SLR uses other data
sources (e.g. drones) and the global potential of the projects the company
is involved in. The team will be looking to build on the progress already
made in this area and to developing their client base in new markets. The
European Space Agency (ESA) is promoting
earth observation (EO) as best practice source of Environmental Impact
Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation methodologies, which aligns with areas in which SLR has extensive
experience and expertise.
The European Commission has recognised that this is an
immature market and is keen to invest in companies
like SLR gain a competitive edge in the EO global market. To harness the
potential of the industry the EU are actively developing a model of
collaboration between the EC, researchers and the commercial sector to give EU
companies a competitive edge when competing in the global market.
The overall objective for the workshop was to explore
Research and Innovation actions needed for the development of a dynamic EO market in Europe in relation to the Copernicus and
GEO (Group on Earth Observations) initiatives.
The three main themes of the workshop were:
characterise the current EO market in Europe and globally and its future
identify Research and Innovation actions in support to the delivery of new
EO services and products and define the appropriate measures to accelerate
their uptake by industry;
elaborate a mechanism for consulting/involving the European commercial sector
towards GEO and Copernicus taking into account the dialogue already initiated
between the two programmes.
is a European system for monitoring the Earth. Copernicus consists of a complex
set of systems which collect data from multiple sources: earth observation
satellites and in situ sensors such as ground stations, airborne and
sea-borne sensors. It processes these data and provides users with reliable and
up-to-date information through a set of services related to environmental and
security issues. The first satellite was launched in 2014 and the data
produced is free.
An area of growth for SLR
There is a ‘geospatial revolution’ unfolding as the
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Earth Observation (EO) industries
merge to form the Geospatial Industry. The current market size is €3.5 billion for
EO services, with a projected growth of 8.5% per year. Of this market 21% is
linked to Environmental Monitoring, 33% Infrastructure, 13% Natural Resources
and 9% Energy – all these sectors are relevant to SLR. Both consolidation and
new entrants into the industry are driven by a ‘sensor revolution’.
In addition, there will be 2,130 satellites launched over the next 10
years, in what is the advent of small satellites constellations. Watch this