GENeric European Sustainable Information Space for Environment
GENESIS European Community - FP7 ICT-2007.6.3: ICT for environmental management and energy efficiency
Thales Alenia Space France (F)
Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft Und Raumfahrt E.V. (D), Sogreah Consultants SAS (F), ACRI-ST S.A.S. (FR), Spacebel SA (B), Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (D), Joint Research Center – European Commission (EU) Institute, 4C Technologies NV (B), GMV Aerospace And Defence SA (E), G.I.M. Geographic Information Management NV (B), EBM Websourcing SAS (F), ERDAS 3SA (B), Austrian Research Centers GMBH – ARC (A), British Publishers Limited (UK), Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants LTD (UK), Imperial College Of Science, Technology And Medicine (UK), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire De Nice (F), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen (D), Institut Fuer Ostseeforschung Warnemuende An Der Universitaet Rostock (D), Instytut Meteorologii I Gospodarki Wodnej (PL), Commissariat A L’energie Atomique ®, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.V. (E), Oracle Belgium BVBA (E), University Of The West Of Scotland (UK), Bureau De Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres ®.
A three-year ICT project established in 2008, GENESIS is a cornerstone of the EC’s ambition to create a single information space for Europe, and aims to deliver an integrated system in which environmental and health information can be accessed, analysed and acted upon. GENESIS will provide secure, high-bandwidth communications, rich and diverse content and digital services, and will become a vital tool for those involved in environmental management and health provision. The provision of accurate air and water quality data through GENESIS will enable more efficient decision-making on environmental issues, and will also provide health services with advance warning of possible threats to public health.
The GENESIS project is established in response to a number of issues raised by the INSFO Directorate of the European Commission, who partially funded the project. In particular the Directorate wanted to explore the possibility of linking the different services that exist at defined levels of environmental management, and of providing users – or system developers – with a way to connect all the resources available in Europe. GENESIS uses an open source paradigm in order to meet these criteria. This means application providers from any area of environmental monitoring, such as air or water quality, can develop their own applications and then customise them to suit their own specific needs.
The project will provide a standard, flexible solution to update and organise environment management in Europe using a Services Network approach. This solution is based on a generic platform (made of standard software), enabling different systems to collaborate, and for environmental communities to publish their data and services. The aim of GENESIS is to support the set-up of distributed information systems for environmental monitoring, assessing population exposure to environmental conditions, and warning of possible health risks, as well as providing tools that will help the authorities respond effectively to a crisis. The GENESIS solution will allow users to discover and access information with relative ease, whatever its source (e.g. space data, in-situ data, historical databases) or location. The project will also combine heterogeneous types of environmental data within a single solution, such as static and near-real-time data, and data with different spatio-temporal coverage and resolution. This will prove helpful in correlating environmental and health data, and in understanding the impact of air and water quality on health. In the wider context GENESIS will contribute to harmonisation and standardisation processes and support the implementation of other European environment policies, in particular the INSPIRE, CAFE (Clean Air for Europe) and WFD (Water Framework Directive) Directives. These attributes will allow GENESIS users access to relevant, targeted data, hence allowing for informed decision-making and near real-time decision-making processes. Those involved with environment management and health will be supported in their daily actions by GENESIS, which will facilitate the progressive build-up of powerful, cost-efficient and sustainable solutions at European level.