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Strengthening the evidence base for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) - SD0603

The main aims of the project are:

i) to inform the UK’s negotiating position on upcoming critical decisions on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. These include priorities on the short term GMES budget for 2013, and the long term priorities for the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF);
ii) to undertake a review of Defra’s requirements for information from Earth Observation (EO) and an assessment of where these can be met by GMES.

This will lead towards a strategy on how to maximise the benefits to the UK from GMES.

The activities will be informed by a review of previous studies, and through engagement with the relevant UK community, including potential users in the Defra network, other parts of government and suppliers.

The work will be split into four tasks:
1. Rapid assessment of a potential significant cut in the 2013 budget for the GMES Initial Operations (GIO) to determine the impacts on service delivery and satellite operations, and to inform lines to be taken in negotiations.
2. Evaluation of Defra requirements for information based on EO data, particularly where these can be fulfilled with future GMES data and services. This will lead to an identification of UK priorities for GMES and identification of the key components of a strategy to ensure benefits of GMES are realised.
3. Analysis of the overall budget for GMES for the period 2014-2021, including an assessment of the impacts of different levels of budget on the services that can be delivered.
4. Knowledge Transfer to ensure the information and experience generated during this and previous studies is passed on to Defra staff.
The overall aim of the project is to equip Defra staff with the necessary evidence and analysis to make informed decisions and develop appropriate negotiation lines to take in a number of important international fora regarding the future of GMES. The specific objectives are:

1. To analyse the impacts of a potential cut to the GIO budget, specifically related to: UK users of GMES services and data; UK suppliers of GMES services; and the ESA GMES Space component programme which the UK subscribes to.
2. To produce a summary of main requirements for EO derived data in the Defra network , an assessment of how these could be met with GMES, and a high level set of actions to help ensure the benefits of GMES to the UK are realised.
3. To develop a set of scenarios for the long term, GMES programme contents based on different assumptions of the budget available.
4. To transfer the essential knowledge developed in this and previous studies, to permanent Defra staff.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2017

Cost: £389,237
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Assimila Limited
European Union (EU)