EUROPEAN FACILITY FOR AIRBORNE RESEARCH IN ENVIRON.. (EUFAR)
EUROPEAN FACILITY FOR AIRBORNE RESEARCH IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOSCIENCE
Start date: Oct 1, 2008,
End date: Sep 30, 2013
"EUFAR is the Integrating Activity for airborne research in Geo-science. It will integrate the airborne community, to ensure thatresearchers may have access to the most suited infrastructure they need, irrespective of the location of the infrastructure. TheEUFAR consortium comprises 32 legal entities. 14 operators of airborne facilities, and 18 experts in airborne research. Theycontribute to 9 Networking Activities, Trans-national Access to 26 installations, and 3 Joint Research Activities. A ScientificAdvisory Committee, constituted of eminent scientists, contributes to a better integration of the users with the operators totackle new user driven developments. Transnational Access coordination aims at providing a wider and more efficient accessto the infrastructures. The working group for the Future of the Fleet fosters the joint development of airborne infrastructuresin terms of capacity and performance. The Expert Working Groups facilitate a wider sharing of knowledge and technologiesacross fields. The activity for Education and Training provides training courses to new users. The working group on Standardsand Protocols contributes to better structure the way research infrastructures operate. The development of a distributed database for airborne activities improves the access to the data collected by the aircraft. All these activities rely on an unique webportal to airborne research in Europe. The working group on the Sustainable Structure aims at promoting solutions for thelong term sustainability of EUFAR. Among the JRA, one will develop and characterize airborne hygrometers, the second onewill develop and implement quality layers in the processing chains of hyperspectral imagery, and the third one will develop anairborne drop spectrometer based on a new principle."
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