Copernicus assisted environmental monitoring across the Black Sea Basin – PONTOS

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Project Description:

PONTOS aims to enhance transboundary cooperation for large-scale, harmonized environmental monitoring across the countries of the Black Sea region and beyond. The vehicle towards this objective is the exploitation of numerous freely available and incrementally credible Copernicus data and services (e.g. Copernicus Land and Marine Environment Monitoring Services).

Intelligent fusion of data and information shall lead to novel services and products for actors operating along the coastal zone. Latter shall become, through PONTOS operational platform and mounted online services, freely available to and accessible by a multitude of local, national and regional stakeholders. Transboundary spaceborne derived primary (e.g. images) and secondary (e.g. maps) products will be coupled with existing data and knowledge of in situ conditions. Tailored to the regional challenges, solutions will be generated by utilizing this information thesaurus and retrieving methods and results (e.g. online modules and models) from EU and national past and ongoing research and development projects. Citizens’ current and future well-being will be the focus. As such, marine and lake coastal and inland human activities will be mapped targeting industry, recreation, agriculture, aquaculture, and commerce in Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, and pilot-wise in Greece. Their effluents towards the Black Sea or the lakes around it will be calculated, while at the same time spaceborne and in situ data will monitor fluctuations in marine features’ values, such as surface water temperature, salinity, nutrients, potentially toxic elements, and algae presence.

The impact will be assessed in relation to set benchmark conditions. Local stakeholders and actors will be informed and equipped with an adequate interface to access the information and its regular updates. Co-development and co-creation actions will respect national and local needs, constraints and vision. Together with capacity building activities PONTOS aims to offer the means to exploit in tandem existing local monitoring networks and Copernicus products and services, to align its online services with a compatible manner to existing hard- and software infrastructures, and to leverage cooperation and exchange of ideas and best practices across the region.

Aghavni Harutyunyan, Adjunct Lecturer, GIS Specialist, PONTOS Project Manager
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: a.harutyunyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612687

Alexander Arakelyan, PONTOS Project Researcher/Water Balance, Productivity and Stress Analysis
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: alexander.arakelyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612520

Artak Piloyan, Lecturer, PONTOS Project Researcher/Wetland and Floating Vegetation Analysis
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: apiloyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612520

Garabet Kazanjian, Adjunct Lecturer, PONTOS Project Researcher/Eutrophication Analysis
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: gkazanjian[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612520

Yeva Danielyan, PONTOS Project Researcher/Forest Cover Analysis
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: ydanielyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612520

Tatevik Vardanyan, PONTOS Project Communications Manager
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: tvardanyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612696

Haykanush Martirosyan, PONTOS Project Assistant
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: haykanush.martirosyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612776

Gohar Zakaryan, PONTOS Project Financial Manager
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: zgohar[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612711

Robert Gyulumyan, PONTOS Project Accountant
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email: rgyulumyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612718

Edgar Sargsyan, PONTOS Project Server Technician, IT Specialist
AUA Acopian Center for the Environment
Email:edgar.sargsyan[at], ace[at]
Tel: +374 60 612520

Activity 1 (GA) — PONTOS platform development & Implementation in pilot areas, Activities 2  — Capacity Building Activities


PONTOS operational platform and tools.
Assessments of environmental issues in pilot areas using EO data and services
Compendium on training material used for the capacity building activities.
Formation of local clusters on water management and pollution prevention in all participating countries.

Funding: ENI CBC “Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2014-2020


AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (Lead Partner), Armenia
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Environmental Protection and Mining Inspection Body of the Republic of Armenia
Green Alternative, Georgia
Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University, Ukraine