The JRC recently presented the new developments of its eStation, a dedicated processing server for the operational environmental monitoring of land condition in Africa. They are described in an article published in the Ecological Informatics journal.
Developed by the JRC, the eStation is a system designed to automatically deal with the reception, processing, analysis and dissemination of key environmental parameters derived from remotely sensed data. Initially created as a stand-alone system using an open source development framework, the eStation has recently been further developed as a web processing service to allow a broader range of end-users to access the data and services over the Internet.
The eStation has been successfully deployed in 47 sub-Saharan countries in the frame of the African Monitoring of Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) project. It provides local institutions with the capacity to access a large range of remote sensing products on vegetation, precipitation, fires and oceans. These products, derived from the processing of images coming from various satellite instruments including SPOT-Vegetation, MSG-SEVIRI and MODIS, allow end-users to generate their own local and regional assessments of the state of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Applications include the management of land, forest, protected area, food security and fisheries.
The JRC collaborates with African counterparts, such as the African Union Commission, regional economic commissions and national partners on the use of these data for environmental and resource management issues and capacity building.