National Observatory of Athens (Coordinator)
The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) has been nominated by the Greek government as the sole institution in charge of natural disasters monitoring, with a mandate to conduct innovative research for the benefit of the Greek citizens. The Institute for Astronomy Astrophysics Space Applications & Remote Sensing (IAASARS) of NOA has achieved excellence in EO-based environmental and natural disaster monitoring and management during the last decade, using AI4EO (Deep Learning, data cube and semantic web technologies) for knowledge extraction on multi-modal satellite data. NOA is also key Copernicus Emergency Management Service Provider and has remarkable experience in EO-based monitoring of wildfires. IAASARS-NOA coordinates SeasFire and leads WP1 (Coordination & Management), WP3 (Seasonal fire hazard prediction) and WP5 (Dissemination, Communication & User Engagement).
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
The Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPG) is a research institute of the German Max Planck Society. Its research mission is the investigation of the global biogeochemical cycles and their interaction with the climate system. MPG introduces novel AI methods, such as deep learning, causality and hybrid modeling, on Earth Observation data to understand and predict climate extremes and their impacts. MPG has expertise in earth system modeling and specifically in modeling interactions in carbon and water dynamics in terrestrial ecosystems in an Earth System context, bringing together models and observations. In SeasFire MPG leads WP2 (Big data acquisition and set-up of Data Cube), deploys the SeasFire data cube, supports fire hazard modeling and provides inputs from terrestrial ecosystem modeling.
Harokopio University of Athens
The Harokopio University (HUA) is a non-profit, public, higher education institution located in Athens. Its Department of Informatics and Telematics (DIT) has a mission to promote computer science and conducts basic and applied research in all areas relevant to ICT funded either by international institutions or the Greek state. The members of DIT participating in this project are all involved in research related to graph algorithms, graph mining, machine learning and algorithm engineering. In SeasFire HUA leads WP4 (Prototype system development), supports Graph Neural Network (GNN) modeling and develops a front-end application to disseminate seasonal fire hazard forecasts.