GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop in Tel Aviv

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GEO-CRADLE: Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS


Addressing regional needs in the Middle East by enhancing Earth Observation uptake and relevant business performances

We cordially invite you to participate in the Regional Workshop of the GEO-CRADLE Horizon2020 project ( - Coordinating and integRating state-of-the-art Earth Observation Activities in the regions of North Africa, Middle East, and Balkans and Developing Links with GEO related initiatives towards GEOSS). The event is jointly organized by the Project Coordinator National Observatory of Athens (NOA) and the Project Partner Tel Aviv University. It will take place on:

September 14th 2017

at The Porter School of Environmental Studies,

Tel-Aviv University (near University gate #14), room 101

This regional workshop will focus on identifying the potential local challenges and needs that can be addressed with the Earth Observation (EO), enabling more informed decision making, while seeking solutions to enhance growth and innovation in the geo-information sector. Aiming to support knowledge sharing, capacity building and an enhanced cooperation between academia and industry, the event will also provide participants with a unique cross-sector networking opportunity. In addition, panel discussions will be complemented with information on available EU funding in the EO sector. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this event and we are certain that your presence and input will greatly enrich our discussions.

For further information about project activities, please visit the GEO-CRADLE website at

Yours sincerely,

  Dr Haris Kontoes                                           Prof. Eyal Ben Dor

GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA                GEO-CRADLE Project Partner TAU



The GEO-CRADLE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690133.







Registration & Coffee





Welcome notes

•         Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor – The Remote Sensing Laboratory, The Department of Geography and the Human Environment, Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel

•         Dr. Haris Kontoes – GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, National Observatory of Athens (NOA), Greece

Session I

GEO-CRADLE contribution to the region

Chair: Dr. Haris Kontoes, NOA


GEO-CRADLE project in context of regional needs

Dr. Haris Kontoes – GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA, Greece


GEO-CRADLE in support to SDGs implementation in the areas of Adaptation to Climate Change, Improved Food Security & Water Extremes Management, Access to Raw Materials and Access to Energy

Prof. George Zalidis – InterBalkan Environment Center (IBEC), Greece


GEO-CRADLE in support to capacity building, stakeholder engagement and data sharing in the region

Ms. Alexia Tsouni – GEO-CRADLE Project Coordination Team, NOA, Greece


Copernicus and GEO opportunities for Israel and the region

Ms. Eleni Christia – GEO-CRADLE Project Communication Manager, NOA, Greece


Q&A - Discussion



Coffee break


Session II

Regional EO perspective

Chair: Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor , TAU


Spectral Imaging of Soils: past, present and future

Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor – The Remote Sensing Laboratory, The Department of Geography and the Human Environment, TAU


The Israel space programs

Mr. Avi Blasberger – General Director, Israel Space Agency (ISA)


EO capabilities

Mr. Barak Solomin – ImageSatInt


Sub-surface combination of active and passive remote sensing methods and approaches for soil mapping

Dr. Naftaly Goldshleger – Ariel University


Availability of commercial products for the monitoring of the earth from space and ground

Dr. Noah Wolfson – Owner & Director General, Meteo-Tech Ltd. - Measurement Instruments


Q&A - Discussion


Session III

Environmental monitoring: Projects in Israel

Chair: Prof. George Zalidis, IBEC


Monitoring geo-hazards using SAR Interferometry

Dr. Ran Novitsky Nof – Seismology Division, The Geophysical Institute of Israel


Modeling floods and drought in Israel: current situation and future possibilities

Dr. Amir Givati – Israel Water Authority


Climate change and its environmental impacts: methodological approaches

Prof. Hadas Saaroni – The Department of Geography and the Human Environment, TAU


Lunch break



The need for a precise and frequent soil cover mapping

Dr. Gil Eshel – The Ministry of Agriculture


From large-scale patterns to plant nutrients: remote sensing tools aid in solving ecological puzzles

Dr. Efrat Sheffer – The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Q&A - Discussion


Session IV

The end-user perspective



Part 1

Chair: Dr. Haris Kontoes, NOA


Applications of Geoinformation Technology to forest monitoring and management in Israel

Dr. Michael Shprinsin – Keren Kayemet LeIsrael (The Jewish National Fund)


Current research of the south including some remote-sensing examples

Dr. Elli Groner – Scientific Director, The Dead Sea and Arava Science Center (DSASC)


Q&A - Discussion



Coffee break



Part 2: Round table: How to maximize the benefits of EO for food security in Israel

Chair: Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor, TAU


The use of GIS and satellite and aerial images in agricultural land surveys

Ms. Nurit Ben Hagai – Zemach-Nisyonot


Manna Center Program for Food Safety & Security: From field to fork via Research, Education & Collaboration

Prof. Nir Ohad – Director of Research & Outreach, Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security


Interventions / Comments

Dr. Haris Kontoes, Dr. Efrat Oron





Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator




Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:00 AM


Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tel Aviv District,Israel

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