Universität Bonn

Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL)

22. June 2021

Sentinels-4-African-DRR Sentinels-4-African-DRR

Copernicus User Uptake in Africa via technical support in the field of Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction

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As an action within the Framework Partnership Agreement on Copernicus User Uptake, Sentinels-4-African-DRR aims to strengthen the use of Copernicus data and services in Africa in the fields of disaster management and disaster risk reduction by different user groups. As a subcontractor of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), ZFL contributes to this action by providing scientific and technical expertise for implementing the project activities summarized below. Additionally, the close collaboration between the ZFL and the UN-SPIDER office in Bonn is used to build on existing networks with African Earth observation users and disaster management authorities from which mutual benefits can be achieved. The project has a runtime from July 2021 to July 2023. Some of the main activities of the project are:

Researching, collecting, and structuring information, summaries, and materials on Copernicus and its different components (datasets, services)
Building a Network of contacts including (potential) Copernicus users from different types of user groups in several African countries.
Assessing User requirements regarding Copernicus through interviews, surveys, and exchange at organized events such as UN-Spider Expert Meetings with the aforementioned contacts and user groups.
Developing training materials such as online brochures, online tutorials, and video tutorials on different aspects of Copernicus applications for African users.
Organizing two virtual (if possible, in-person) training events attached to UN-SPIDER Expert Meetings. 2-3 additional virtual training events are also foreseen.
Raising awareness for the project and the generated materials and offers through presentations at different events.
Continuous evaluation and adjustment of the new training materials using feedback from the users and our contacts.
Making all developed materials available through the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal and other relevant channels.

Team ZFL

Prof. Dr. Klaus Greve

Adrian Strauch

Jonas Schreier

Victor Korir

Timo Matheis


Team DLR

Jens Danzeglocke

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