The Infrastructure Area is responsible for the seamless use of the existing and future ECoE infrastructure, their proper operations and the unobstructed access to EO data by ECoE staff and stakeholders.
The ECoE through the governmental funding will acquire key infrastructure and equipment that will directly contribute to the Research Excellence capacity of the ECoE.
The following flagship equipment will be procured by ECoE:
Satellite data direct receiving station: The ECoE, in cooperation with DLR, will establish an EO Satellite Data Acquisition Station (DAS) to be able to directly receive data from EO satellite missions, which will allow Near Real Time (NRL) monitoring and thereby provide time-critical information for science and products within the receiving cone of the station, namely, over the EMMENA region. The ECoE will acquire and process data in direct pass-through mode over the Eastern Mediterranean area. Cyprus comprises a unique location for this antenna, as it will be located in the farthest South-Eastern location within the European Union, thus providing an extended coverage compared to other European antenna locations, including a wide range of data from Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. This includes critical real time maritime surveillance areas such as the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.
Ground-based atmospheric remote sensing station (supersite for aerosol and cloud monitoring): The ECoE, in cooperation with TROPOS, will establish a ground-based atmospheric remote sensing station (GBS) by consolidating all necessary infrastructure to set up a supersite for calibration/ validation, aerosol and cloud monitoring. The instruments to be installed within the GBS include a Cloudnet Station with SLDR-Cloud Radar, Microwave Radiometer, Doppler lidar and Laser Disdrometer, a PollyXT lidar provided by TROPOS, as well as auxiliary instruments for the Cloudnet station, including Ceilometer, SAEMS/DOAS and Cloud scanner.