The GMES In-Situ Coordination (GISC) project is financed by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme and will last for 3 years (January 2010 – December 2012).
The main objective of the in-situ coordinaton are:
The European Environment Agency (EEA) coordinates the GMES in-situ component through the GISC project. In support of the GMES Bureau, the project explores how a future management (governance, architecture) of the in-situ component during an operational phase might best be achieved.
GISC aims at linking data providers and service providers, and is proposing sustainable mechanisms for in-situ data delivery/access, based on existing information capacities (e.g. national systems, European networks). Hence GISC makes use of the principles of the Shared European Environmental Information System (SEIS) and the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE).
The ultimate goal is to build up an Initial Framework (IF) that comprises tools and methods necessary for an efficient and sustainable interface between in-situ data providers and the GMES services. GISC’s role is to effectively manage this interface. To showcase how this interface will work in practice, GISC has selected quick wins, which are real life case studies that illustrate the added value of GISC to ensuring sustainable access to essential in-situ data for GMES services.
The project is organised and its objectives are completed through five work packages (WP):
WP1: Engaging and involving networks and stakeholders;
WP2: Documenting the in-situ data needs and data requirements;
WP3: Exploring approaches for long-term sustainable solutions;
WP4: Providing case studies and quick-wins;
WP5: Overall project management.