Space technologies for smart cities

Centre of Excellence Space-SI participated in the conference Information Society 2015 at Jozef Stefan Institute. At the workshop Smart cities and communities as a development opportunity for Slovenia we presented the potential of space technologies for smart cities and communities.

Satellite technologies have a huge potential to help design more sustainable cities. Combination of Earth observation imagery and crowdsourced data enables a creation of a series of data analyses and applications to support smart urban planning, climate change mitigation and to enhance the quality of life in smart cities and communities.

SPACE-SI with its micro satellite for multispectral Earth observation, ground station, multidisciplinary laboratory, satellite data processing chain and a distribution system based on web and mobile applications ensure the whole chain from the space technologies to the end user friendly data and derived information. Timely geolocated information is crucial for well-organized smart cities and communities. Our expertise is near-real-time processing of space-borne data and the extraction of the needed information from this ever-growing data source.

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Martin Lamut during his presentation.

European Space Expo in Ljubljana 6.-15. 3. 2015

The Expo presents key information on the European space programmes – from satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS) to Earth observation (Copernicus) in an engaging and entertaining way. Highlights include the ‘OmniGlobe‘ – an interactive hologram of the earth’s atmosphere, an impressive model of the ‘Galileo’ satellite and lots more…

The aim of the Expo is to show citizens how European space policy and space-based technologies benefit our everyday lives on earth and also of course, their importance for the European economy and job creation.

Completely FREE to the general public, record attendances have greeted the Expo throughout its tour.

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DLR visited SPACE-SI

A group of Earth observation experts from DLR visited SPACE-SI. The aim of the visit was business networking, presentation of both parties and the identification of the potential common business opportunities.

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Panel of experts of Space Technologies

Organized by the Slovenian Environment Agency (SEA) and the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies Space-SI (CE Space-SI) the panel of experts Presentation of space technologies and programs was held on 9.12.2013 at the SEA.

Convened by Mr Klemen Bergant (Director of Meteorological office, SEA), the panel of experts comprised distinguish guests from several EU organizations (Mrs Roya Ayazi – NEREUS Secretariat, Mrs Teodora Secara – EURISY, Mr Silvo Žlebir – European Commission), Slovenian governmental institutions (Mr Ivan Skubic – Ministry of Education, Science and Sport), and members of Slovenian research and development organizations (Mr Tomaž Rodič , Mr Krištof Oštir – both CE Space-SI, Mr Jože Rakovec – University of Ljubljana, Mrs Mateja Iršič Žibert – SEA). Participants discussed recent achievements of development of space technologies (ST) in Slovenia, the possibilities and current implementation of ST in meteorology and environmental monitoring. Some space and environmental EU programs were also discussed as an opportunity for collaboration of Slovenian research institutions and development organizations. The panel stressed that significant results in development of ST were obtained, yet these results could be upgraded through some EU space and environmental programs. In this way, the access to the products of ST would be easier for end users in Slovenia. Space technology and its products in environmental monitoring and decision making would contribute to regional economy, farming, traffic and transport, preservation of natural environment, etc.

Dr. Andreja Gomboc has published a paper in Nature magazine

Dr. Andreja Gomboc has in collaboration with astrophysicists from United Kingdom, Slovenia and Italy co-authored a paper “Highly polarized light from stable ordered magnetic fields in GRB 120308A” published in Nature. In the paper they report on the detection of highly polarized optical afterglow of the gamma ray burst GRB 120308A, supporting the existence of a globally ordered magnetic field in these powerfull explosions.

More: NASA News and Portal v vesolje.

Dr. Andreja Gomboc has published a paper in Science magazine

International team of astrophysicists, including Dr. Andreja Gomboc, has published a paper “GRB 130427A: A Nearby Ordinary Monster” in Science. In the paper they study an extraordinary bright and long gamma ray burst GRB 130427A. They show that the properties of massive stars, whose stellar deaths cause gamma ray bursts, do not change during the history of the universe as much as thought previously- gamma ray bursts in our cosmic neighbourhood, which occurred recently, can be similar to more distant bursts, happening in more distant past.

More: JMU News and Portal v vesolje

Best paper presentation award at 9th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation

Dr. Krištof Oštir has received the Best paper presentation award at the 9th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation. The conference was organized by IAA and DLR in Berlin from April 8 to 12, 2013. In a competition of approximately 50 presentations he has won with the lecture Development of an automatic near-real-time image processing chain for small satellites.

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Award: best_paper_presentation.pdf

CO Space-SI and Chair of Meteorology UL-FMF have developed a model for the real time prediction of air pollution

The Centre of Excellence SPACE-SI is actively engaged in the environmental protection issues. In particular, the atmospheric research  group within SPACE-SI has been carrying out several projects related to the use of satellite observation of the atmosphere, weather,  climate and pollution modelling. Since January 2013 results of the pollution prediction project are made available online at http://meteo.fmf.uni-lj.si/onesnazenje. It represents the most sophisticated coupled meteorological and chemical transport system in use for research and development not only in Slovenia but much wider in this part of Europe.

The applied most advanced online coupled Atmospheric Chemical Transport (ACT) and Meteorology (Numerical Weather Prediction)  modelling is based on the WRF-Chem model and involves simultaneous computation and two-way interactions between different atmospheric processes including chemistry, clouds, radiation, boundary layer, emissions, dispersion and meteorology. On one hand, this means that the complete atmospheric state at a given point in time influences chemical processes and dispersion. On the other hand, the presence of pollutants is accounted for in the physical processes making weather such as radiation, clouds and precipitation. In contrary to the traditional pollution modelling, which considers only meteorological conditions on the pollutants with a coarser time step,  the coupled modelling allows the maximal use of meteorological input infromation for the environmental application while at the same time allowing pollutants to impact the physical state of the atmosphere.

The project and its resulsts, now available online, contributes to the development of Earth system modelling in Slovenia and also to the European COST project EuMetChem. The SPACE-SI meteorology group involved in the project (http://meteo.fmf.uni-lj.si) is a part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana that is carrying out the only undergraduate and graduate meteorology program in Slovenia.  The group research areas include atmospheric dynamics on various scales, coupled chemical-dynamical modelling in complex terrain, precipitation measurements by satellites and modelling, data assimilation and regional climate modelling. Reserach activities include collaborations in Europe, USA and Japan. The group is also hosting the first Slovenian project funded by the European research council.

Link to air quality products: http://meteo.fmf.uni-lj.si/onesnazenje

For further information concerning the air quality modelling: Dr. Rahela Žabkar, rahela.zabkar@fmf.uni-lj.si

For further information concerning atmospheric research within SPACE-SI: Prof.  Nedjeljka Zagar, nedjeljka.zagar@fmf.uni-lj.si