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National Observatory of Athens

Research foundation


Founded in 1842, the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) is the oldest research foundation in Greece and has been nominated by the Greek government as the sole institution in charge of natural disasters monitoring. At global level, NOA hosts the UNESCO Chair for Natural Disasters, the Secretariat of the South Eastern European Disasters Risk Assessment and Mitigation Network, and the Focal Point on the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). NOA’s Institute for Astronomy Astrophysics Space Applications & Remote Sensing (IAASARS) has achieved excellence in the area of EO-based environmental and natural disaster monitoring and management, through its systematic participation to EC, ESA and Copernicus projects. Over the years, NOA has consolidated state-of-the-art scientific equipment including a satellite ground station for missions Meteosat, NOAA AVHRR, MODIS, NPP, FYI, MetOP and future NPOESS. It also hosts the first Collaborative Ground Segment for the management and dissemination of data flows from the Sentinel family of satellites.

Role in the project

NOA is responsible for the implementation of a pilot activity, testing and demonstrating 7SHIELD technologies on its Satellite Ground Segment in Penteli, Greece, along with the definition of the validation scenario and evaluation methodology that will be followed for each of the five pilot use cases. NOA also leads the activities for the pilot use cases design and user requirements collection and analysis through stakeholders engagement, to guide the design and development of the 7SHIELD platform.