European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management - Project Overview and First Results

Thursday, 17 December 2015: 09:45
2002 (Moscone West)
Adrian Jaeggi1, Yoomin Jean1, Matthias Luigi Bruno Weigelt2, Frank Flechtner3, Christian Gruber3, Andreas Guntner3, Ben Gouweleeuw3, Torsten Mayer-Gürr4, Andreas Kvas4, Sandro Martinis5, Hendrik Zwenzer5, Sean Bruinsma6, Jean-Michel Lemoine7, Jakob Flury8 and Stephane Bourgogne9, (1)University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, (2)University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg, (3)Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany, (4)Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, (5)German Aerospace Center DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, (6)CNES French National Center for Space Studies, Toulouse Cedex 09, France, (7)CNES, Toulouse, France, (8)Leibniz University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany, (9)Geode&Cie, Toulouse, France
The project European Gravity Service for Improved Emergency Management (EGSIEM) of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has started in January 2015. EGSIEM shall demonstrate that observations of the redistribution of water and ice mass derived from the current GRACE mission, the future GRACE-FO mission, and additional data provide critical and complementary information to more traditional Earth Observation products and open the door for innovative approaches to flood and drought monitoring and forecasting. We give an overview of the project and present first results from the three key objectives that EGSIEM shall address: 1) to establish a scientific combination service to deliver the best gravity products for applications in Earth and environmental science research based on the unified knowledge of the European GRACE community, 2) to establish a near real-time and regional service to reduce the latency and increase the temporal resolution of the mass redistribution products, and 3) to establish a hydrological and early warning service to develop gravity-based indicators for extreme hydrological events and to demonstrate their value for flood and drought forecasting and monitoring services. All of these services shall be tailored to the various needs of the respective communities. Significant efforts shall also be devoted to transform the service products into user-friendly and easy-to-interpret data sets and the development of visualization tools.