InterRisk: Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe

Adressing the need for for better access to information for risk management in Europe, both in cases of natural hazards and industrial accidents.

Objectives

The overall objective is to develop a pilot system for interoperable GMES monitoring and forecasting services for environmental risk and crisis management in marine and coastal areas.

An open system architecture will be designed based on established GIS and web services protocols, and implemented in a network of services (InterRisk services) for several European regional seas. The services will be based on satellite data, in situ data and numerical models needed to monitor and forecast marine environmental crisis events. The network of interoperable services will be developed as a contribution to the implementation of GMES.

Specific project objectives are:

  • Design and implement a system architecture for interoperable GMES services for environmental risk management, emergency handling and degradation assessment, based on user requirements analysis and using established web services and GIS standards.
  • Develop ontologies and application schemas needed for the InterRisk services.
  • Develop specific interoperable service components compliant with SSE (Service Support Environment) and Open Geospatial Consortium specifications, using marine oil spills, harmful algal blooms, eutrophication and environmental degradation as examples.
  • Develop data repository services for data to be used in monitoring/forecasting of oil spills, harmful algal blooms, eutrophication and environmental degradation in selected test areas: Norwegian waters, UK/Irish waters, French waters, German/Polish waters and Italian waters.
  • Integrate the developed service components and provide customised products through a network of services in major European coastal and ocean areas (InterRisk services).
  • Validate usefulness of products and services delivered by InterRisk to users and solicit feedback for improvement of the products and services.
  • Disseminate products and services to participants in GMES projects and to users responsible for environmental risk management and emergency handling in coastal regions. 

Project Summary

InterRisk addresses the need for for better access to information for risk management in Europe, both in cases of natural hazards and industrial accidents. The overall objective is to develop a pilot system for interoperable GMES monitoring and forecasting services for environmental management in marine and coastal areas. The InterRisk pilot will consist of an open system architecture based on established GIS and web services protocols, and the InterRisk services to be implemented for several European regional seas.

The InterRisk pilot system and services was validated by users responsible for crisis management in case of oil spills, harmful algal blooms and other marine pollution events, in Norwegian, UK/Irish, French, German, Polish and Italian coastal waters.

InterRisk provided a number of different products from satellite and aircraft data, in situ measurements and model simulations in several European seas. All products is available through a single portal, the InterRisk portal, which deliver the products to users in each region for service assessment and validation.

The InterRisk services includes basic services like satellite data processing, in situ data delivery, model simulations, metadata catalogues access, as well as complex services such as oil drift prediction and ecosystem modelling.

The network of InterRisk services was embedded in the ESA SSE, which provides the underlying infrastructure for the InterRisk system.

 
Project Details
Acronym: 
InterRisk
NERSC Principal Investigator: 
Stein Sandven
Project Deputy Leader at NERSC: 
Torill Hamre
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed