Welcome to PHAROS
Through the coordination and management of the Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES) programme (renamed to Copernicus in December 2012) the European Commission (EC), the foundations for GMES/Copernicus services have been established in the recent years. Significant developments have been achieved in the area of Earth Observation (EO) infrastructure, through European Space Agency (ESA) and EC contracts for the space segment and through the European Environment Agency (EEA) and/or with Member States contracts for the in-situ sensor segment. Meanwhile, initial versions of the GMES/Copernicus services have been developed within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union, but also with national funding in some European countries.
As a result, a number of initiatives provide service concepts focusing on rapid mapping based on GMES/Copernicus data and enhanced situational awareness by combining the processed GMES/Copernicus data with modelling to elaborate for example forecasts and retrospective assessments for decision making support. Other systems integrate Decision Support Services for specific types of disasters and geographical locations and others provide
In this context, the project PHAROS aims at designing and implementing an innovative multi-hazard open service platform which integrates space-based observation, satellite communications and navigation (Galileo/GNSS) assets to provide sustainable (pre-operational) services for a wide variety of users in multi-application domains, such as prediction/early detection of emergencies, population alerting, environmental monitoring, crisis management and risk management, targeting several users, such as crisis managers, operators of critical infrastructures, insurance companies and academic/research.
The development of the service platform is widely based on existing developments at the Consortium and will be focused on technology adaptation and transfer. While the service platform is designed to be multi-hazard, the specific developments for the pre-operational system and pilot demonstration will be focused on the forest fire scenario.