Project Consortium


Jena-Optronik GmbH

Project Coordinator

TerraSphere Imaging & GIS b.v.

The Netherlands

TerraSphere is a private company from the Netherlands specialized in the extraction of information from satellite imagery in the agro-environmental domain. In SWOS, TerraSphere is (co-) responsible for the development and implementation of image processing methods for the production of Wetland Inventory & Delineation, Land Use Land Cover and Surface Water Dynamics maps. TerraSphere will be producing maps for a number of SWOS pilot sites in Africa.

Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH


RSS GmbH was founded in 1999 and is one of the leading value-adding companies in Germany focusing on earth observation specialized in satellite and aerial image processing, photogrammetry and environmental monitoring. RSS is involved in various Copernicus and other R&D projects addressing topics such as land cover change and deforestation, climate change, nature conservation and natural hazard assessment. In SWOS, RSS is responsible for the production of satellite derived pilot maps and indicators.

Brockmann Geomatics Sweden AB


Brockmann Geomatics Sweden is a private company offering methodological solutions and products based on remote sensing and GIS. BG has broad experience in wetland monitoring and mapping, aquatic remote sensing and mapping of areas with high natural values.

Within SWOS BG is responsible for developing methods for deriving water quality (WQ) parameters, related indicators and mapping of WQ products. BG will also produce other satellite based products for test sites in northern Europe including collection and collation of ground information. Other tasks include contributions to user requirements and development, demonstration and evaluation of local and national service cases.

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena


University of Malaga – European Topic Centre on Spatial Information and Analysis


The European Topic Centre at the University of Malaga (ETC-UMA) is a multi-disciplinary team that focuses on the development of harmonised environmental information with broad expertise in GIS and SRS. It supports the European Environment Agency in developing thematic assessments about the state of Europe’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
Within SWOS, ETC-UMA is responsible for the engagement of local users and for linking SWOS to the EC MAES working group. ETC-UMA is involved in the wetland indicator definition and map production, and is in charge of the test sites Fuente de Piedra and Guadalhorce (Spain), Lake Cerknica (Slovenia) and Lake Skadar (Albania/Montenegro).

University of Bonn


The University of Bonn (UNB) is a research university that operates internationally and is among the leading group of universities in Germany. One of its interdisciplinary research centers is the Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) with a strong methodological focus on remote sensing and geomatics. As one of the research partners in SWOS, ZFL is responsible for satellite data acquisition and the development and application of methods for the production of Land Surface Temperature (LST) and Land-Use & Land-Cover Change (LUCC) maps. In addition, the University of Bonn is responsible for linking SWOS to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

Mouseio Goulandri Fysikis Istorias, Greek Biotope Wetland Centre


The Greek Biotope Wetland Centre (EKBY) is a non profit organization whose overall objective is to promote the sustainability of natural resources in Greece and in the rest of Europe and the Mediterranean region. EKBY provides scientific information to competent authorities in the fields of ecosystems, biodiversity and water conducting studies and applications on ecosystem services mapping and assessments, wetland delineation and mapping, hydrology and environmental flows, wetland restoration and rehabilitation, climate vulnerability and adaptation etc.

Within SWOS EKBY is responsible for the geospatial standards and the nomenclatures of the wetland mapping products and to apply the SWOS mapping tools in Greek test sites contributing to the Ramsar Convention national reporting, the Habitat Directive implementation and the Green Infrastructure EU Initiative.

Foundation Tour du Valat


Unité Technique du SEMIDE


The Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector is an initiative of the Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial conference on fresh water in 1996. EMWIS provides a strategic tool for exchanging information and knowledge between and within the 43 Euro Mediterranean countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.  It brings together Ministries in charge of water from EU and Southern & Eastern Med countries. In SWOS, EMWIS is focusing on water resources management perspective, in particular how SWOS services will support reporting to EU water Directives and provide data to National Water Information Systems.

Wetlands International

The Netherlands

IUCN Bureau de représentation auprès de l’Union Européenne aisbl / IUCN European Union Representative Office


IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with almost 1,300 government and NGO Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. Our work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. The IUCN European Regional Office in Brussels provides vital linkages for IUCN (its members, National Committees, scientific Commissions and the global Secretariat) to key EU institutions and other public and private actors with regional headquarters in Brussels.

IUCN will use its network to contribute to Work Packages 2 and 5, in the identification of user requirements and in the communication of SWOS results.

United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre