Terceira Island, Azores, 2020-02-20, Sentinel-2A L1C, True color


  • DATE
    December 9 >10, 2020
  • Venue
    TERINOV – Science and Technology Park
    Terceira Island, Azores

The AIR Center, in collaboration with the Regional Government of the Azores, organized on December 9th and 10th, at the Science and Technology Park (TERINOV) in Terra Chã, Terceira Island, the Discovering Use Cases for Exploratory Earth Observation in the Atlantic workshop. During this event, the potential of using Earth Observation (EO) data to support the development of solutions for environmental and sustainable development challenges with which the countries of the Atlantic zone are struggling, was discussed.
ESA_Lab @ Açores: Space Technologies for Blue Economy. One of the main goals of the workshop was to generate ideas for collaborative projects in order to enhance the development of relationships between members that make up the AIR Center’s network and entities in the Azores region. On the other hand, it also aimed to reinforce the role of ESA_Lab @ Açores, as a new AIR Center unit created at TERINOV, in the development of these projects.
Some of the specific problems affecting the region of the Azores and countries on the African and South American Atlantic coast were addressed. Possible solutions for the creation of innovative technologies and services based on Earth Observation products in the area of Blue Economy were also presented, covering fisheries and pollution monitoring, satellite constellations for the Atlantic Ocean, among others.
40 guests were present during these two days, at Terra Chã, representing entities from different countries such as Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, South Africa, Nigeria, United States and Brazil. This event also counted with the presence of the Portuguese Space Agency (Portugal Space) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Azores Government was represented by the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs and the Regional Directorate for Science and Technology.

Image Credits : 2020-02-20, Sentinel-2A L1C, True color, Terceira Island

  • DATE
    December 9, 2020
  • Venue
    TERINOV – Science and Technology Park
    Terceira Island, Azores
  • Program
  • 13:15-13:30 Reception
  • 13:30-13:40 Welcome
    Duarte Pimentel | TERINOV
  • 13:40-13:50 Opening Remarks
    Bruno Pacheco | Regional Directorate for Science and Technology

    José Joaquín Hernández Brito | PLOCAN

  • 13:50-14:05 ESA Downstream initiatives in Europe and ESA_Lab@HEC Paris
    Donatella Poziani | ESA | (recorder)
  • 14:05-14:20 Introduction to AIR Centre Earth Observation Lab in the Azores
    Pedro Freire da Silva | EO ESA_Lab@Azores
  • Session I
  • 14:20-14:40 Space Technologies for Sustainable Development
    Ricardo Conde | Portugal Space
  • 14:40-15:00 Priorities in EO and potential for collaboration in South Africa
    Stewart Bernard | CSIR
  • 15:00-15:20 Climate Change and EO Applications needs in Nigeria
    Asma Ibrahim | NASRDA
  • 15:20-15:30 Opportunities for collaboration through sustainability certifications in fisheries
    Isa Elegbede | University of Lagos
  • 15:30-15:40 Promising lines of for collaboration in AIR Centre
    Nick Veck | Catapult
  • 15:40-16:10 Coffee Break
  • Session II
  • 16:10-16:30 ESA Earth Observation Atlantic Regional Initiative
    Stefano Ferretti | ESA
  • 16:30-16:50 Earth Observation in the Southwestern-South Atlantic
    Milton Kampel | INPE
  • 16:50-17:10 How extreme weather disasters affect food security
    Teresa Brás | Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • 17:10-17:30 The Role of Space Technology to Support Sustainable Development
    Gregory Jenkins | Penn State | (videoconference)
  • 18:00-18:30 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
  • 20:00 Dinner with all participants
  • DATE
    December 10, 2020
  • Venue
    TERINOV – Science and Technology Park
    Terceira Island, Azores
  • Program
  • Session I
  • 9:30-9:45 Tackling EO challenges: the case of small satellites constellation
    André Oliveira | CoLab +Atlantic
  • 09:45-11:15 Brainstorming about on AIR Centre for ideas generation for exploratory projects
    Pedro Freire Silva | EO ESA Lab@Azores
    Nuno Lourenço | CoLab + Atlantic
  • Session II
  • 11:15-11:30 Ports of the Future ESA Call
    Stefano Ferreti | ESA
  • 11:30-11:45 Current challenges and opportunities on Açores Ports
    Francisco Bettencourt | Portos dos Açores
  • 11:45-12:00 Wrap-up
  • 12:00-12:45 Light lunch offered by AIR Centre and Terinov
  • 12:45 Departure to Praia da Vitória Port and end of workshop
  • Duarte Pimentel | TERINOV | Executive Director
  • Bruno Pacheco  | Regional Directorate for Science and Technology | Director
  • José Joaquín Hernández Brito | AIR Centre | CEO
  • Donatella Poziani | ESA | Downstream Gateway Officer
  • Pedro Freire da Silva | EO ESA_Lab@Azores | Director
  • Ricardo Conde | Portuguese Space Agency | Member of the Board of Directors
  • Stewart Bernard | CSIR | Principal Researcher
  • Asma Ibrahim | NASRDA | CSO
  • Isa Elegbede | University of Lagos | Lecturer
  • Nick Veck | Catapult | CEO
  • Stefano Ferretti | ESA | EO Atlantic Regional Initiative Manager
  • Milton Kampel | INPE | Lab Leader of MOceanS
  • Teresa Brás | Universidade Nova de Lisboa | PHd Candidate/Researcher
  • Gregory Jenkins | Penn State University | Professor and Director of AESEDA
  • Jennifer Szlosek Chow | MIT Media Lab | Education and Outreach Manager
  • André Oliveira | CoLab + Atlantic | CTO
  • Nuno Lourenço | CoLab + Atlantic | Director
  • Francisco Bettencourt | Portos dos Açores | Director of the Strategic Planning Department