A service designed to improve natural resource management and detect hydropower generation and areas at risk of drought was selected by an online audience as the winner in one of seven categories of the GMES Masters competition.
The GMES Masters competition awards prizes for the best projects and business ideas involving commercial Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) applications. Its purpose is to support the development of market-oriented applications that use data from the programme.
While experts are still assessing the proposals submitted in six of the 2012 GMES Masters categories, the winners of the Best Service Challenge have already been selected by the competition’s online audience.
This year, almost 900 visitors to the GMES Masters website voted for the Earth observation service they found most beneficial to European citizens.
The clear winner of the Best Service Challenge 2012 with a total of 3477 votes was SnowMonit – Monitoring Snow and Water Equivalent.
Submitted by the Italian company GeoBeyond Srl, it improves natural resource management and early-warning tools for detecting hydropower generation and areas at risk of drought. It thus addresses the GMES Masters’ focus area of emergency management.
SnowMonit is also designed to integrate and improve current services that treat snow avalanche information, snow accumulation and derived parameters such as snow water equivalent for mapping the management of resources (hydropower, water) and the predictability of mountain hazards.
This near real-time service will be able to raise the situational awareness of nowcasting and forecasting products at the local, regional, and cross-border level.
As the winner of the Best Service Challenge, we will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota made available through financial support from the European Commission.
Our team attended the award ceremony in the marvelous sorroundings of the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche church at Munich together to the rest of GMES competition’s winners.