Greece Regional Support Office

At a glance: 

The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing  (IAASARS/NOA) is one of the three institutes of the National Observatory of Athens, the oldest research institution of Greece. Among the main activities of the Institute are basic and applied research in a number of topics relating to astrophysics, space science, remote sensing, and signal processing, as well as ground and space-based Earth observation services. The Institute is also committed to outreach and science dissemination for the general public.

The BEYOND Center of Earth Observation Research and Satellite Remote Sensing is an operational unit of the IAASARS/ National Observatory of Athens (NOA). 

The BEYOND Center of Excellence develops state-of-the-art research and innovative services for the containment of disaster risks, caused either by natural or man-made factors, in the wider region of Southeast Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa and Black Sea, but also globally, after activation triggered by Copernicus EMS, by utilizing large satellite data acquisition antennas located at NOA premises.

Its aim is to provide timely information to relevant disaster management and emergency management authorities and stakeholders, and, by utilizing space technology, to aid them in decision making for civil protection measures across the entire spectrum of crisis management (prevention-response-recovery).

Capacity Building: 

The BEYOND Center of Excellence substantially contributes to human, institutional and infrastructure capacity building, via the uptake of a crucial role in coordinating local and regional actors. It creates multi-directional communication and co-operation channels with research centers, and universities, as well as space agencies, international organizations, and institutional authorities all around Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. It is not only building around new EO monitoring infrastructures, but also seeks the effective integration and exploitation of the existing know-how and skills  as well as the technical, and financial resources, in the context of the environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction. It deploys advanced modeling capacities to meet operational needs, for real-time multi-hazard assessment such as fires, and fire progression, smoke, dust, and toxic pollutant dispersion, flooding monitoring and flooding risk, as well as earthquake, volcanic, and landslide risk assessment and damage mapping. A lot of information is delivered in the form of services, providing new knowledge in the decision making process, for drawing mitigation  and adaptation measures. In this context the BEYOND Center brings significant thrust towards the creating a "hub of excellence" in disaster monitoring and management at regional level.

The BEYOND Center leverages on the long lasting experiences gained through competitive frameworks (FP7, H2020, ESA) and education activities (Master of Science in Space Science Technologies and Applications), in providing targeted capacity-building activities for a broad range of interested stakeholders (e.g. Governmental bodies, local agencies, international financial institutes etc.). BEYOND, through the plethora of knowledge, content and education material has anticipated in organizing capacity-building and training events (e.g. workshops, webinars etc.) in providing insights on Earth observation research and developed applications in various domains (e.g. disasters, energy, agriculture climate change etc.). See BEYOND’s training activities at

The most important services provided by the BEYOND Center on a global and regional scale to crisis management and citizen protection agencies are: 

  • FireHUB (Early detection and continuous forest fire monitoring and management service based on satellite remote sensing)
  • FloodHUB (Flood monitoring service)
  • SolarHUB Nowcasting (Solar energy continuous monitoring service)
  • GeoHUB (Geohazards monitoring service using satellite radar interferometry)
  • DustHUB (Desert Dust Monitoring Service)

About the host institution: 

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Contributions to and participation in UN-SPIDER activities: 

Title Type Year
Tunisia - Technical Advisory Mission Advisory Support 2020
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