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20-01-2016

Tracasa has been awarded a contract from the european copernicus programme related to emergencies management

The Navarre company (Spain) will provide services in a mapping validation project in response to different types of natural and humanitarian disasters, for a maximum amount of 2,800,000 euros

 

The knowledge accumulated by Tracasa in their mapping services throughout more than 30 years of experience, as well as its multidisciplinary nature and his experience in such projects in the European Union, have been determining factors for their choice by the European Commission.

Tracasa will provide services within the framework of the project Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS), for the validation of cartography of emergency on behalf of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

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 program is coordinated and managed by the European Commission and the development of the infrastructure of observation is done under the auspices of the European Space Agency (ESA) for the space component, and of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the States members for the in-situ component.

 

Flash flood in Granada (Spain), December 2015. Source: Copernicus EMS

 

Services are focused on six thematic areas: land, sea, atmosphere, climate change, security and emergency management. The scope is very broad, including environment protection, urban areas management, local and regional planning, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, health, transport, climate change, sustainable development, civil protection and tourism.

The main users for these services are public authorities who need the information to develop policies and environmental legislation or for critical emergency decision-making, as it is the case of a natural disaster or a humanitarian crisis.

This mapping validation contract awarded to Tracasa will be implemented through successive activations to be answered within a given time. Validation is performed by means of verification of a sample of products produced by Rapid Mapping program or Risk and Recovery Mapping. The activities to be performed include: evaluation of the technical characteristics of the products, validation of its thematic information, analysis of the context of the emergency search of alternative sources of information, collection and analysis of feedback provided by users and value-added analysis and the impact of products on the user and in their workflow. Sometimes field work will be required. The official project language is logically English.

This agreement consolidates Tracasa as a reference partner for different European Union agencies, such as the JRC or the EEA, with whom has been collaborating on various projects from 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

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