The MAGDA project brings together 7 partners from 6 European countries (Austria, France, Italy, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland). MAGDA is inherently inter-disciplinary, as it funnels expertise and activities from various sectors into a system that will tackle meteorological as well as hydrological forecasts, specifically tailored for agricultural needs. Within the project the partners are combining an array of different methods and technologies that span the geodetic, satellite remote sensing, airborne (weather drone) sensing, weather monitoring as well as modelling, and soil moisture measurement fields.
Geomatics Research & Development srl (GRed) – Coordinator
Research & Development Department
GReD is a Politecnico di Milano spin-off SME that studies, designs, and implements innovative and highly customised solutions based on geomatic technologies. GReD is characterised as a centre of excellence focused on Research and Development, professional advice, and algorithmic elaboration for the creation of state-of-the-art solutions based on geomatic technologies in the following application areas: advanced surveying and cartographic applications, augmented GNSS applications, high precision and high-resolution gravimetric applications, and space applications. R&D activities concern the maintenance of state-of-the-art internal skills and in particular the definition and development of products and services for high-precision GNSS navigation and positioning, high precision and high-resolution gravimetric maps determination.
CIMA Research Foundation (CIMA)
Weather and Climate
CIMA Research Foundation – Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale (CIMA) – is a private non-profit research organisation which operates under the Italian National Civil Protection Department, the University of Genova, and the Local Governments of Liguria and Savona. CIMA’s mission is to advance science and engineering related to environmental sciences, focusing on disaster risk reduction, civil protection, and the preservation of terrestrial and water-related ecosystems in line with the 2030 Agenda. This mission is accomplished through scientific research, technology transfer and high-level training services. The Meteorology and Climate department inside CIMA integrates basic research on atmosphere dynamics with the operational aspects of weather forecasting. It is using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) to predict the evolution of atmospheric phenomena for very short-range prediction purposes (e.g. WRF in Italy, Islamic Republic of Iran, and Mozambique), based on the data assimilation from meteorological stations, radars, and satellites. However, the department is also studying future scenarios that take climate change into account as well as coupled atmosphere-sea processes. Currently, the department is developing a set of research and pre-operational services by combining HPC, Cloud and Big Data to improve the prediction of hydro-meteorological phenomena of interest for Civil Protection, agriculture, air pollution, and renewable energy applications.
Administrația Națională de Meteorologie (ANM)
Administrația Națională de Meteorologie (ANM) is the national authority in the meteorological field in Romania, with a continuous activity since 1884. Its main activities are: performing measurements upon weather and climate; carrying out weather forecast and warnings; research studies on atmospheric modelling, physics of the atmosphere and air pollution, climate variability, and climate change with a focus on statistical downscaling; agrometeorological applied research; satellite, remote sensing and GIS technology-based studies. The ANM also supplies information related to the crop vegetation status, soil water content, and recommendations through the national meteorological web service. Additionally, an operational weekly bulletin on agrometeorological forecast is carried out. ANM is a key institution in the National Committee for Emergency and Disasters (NCED) and it is the national representative in cooperative agreements with international organisations, such as EUMETSAT, WMO, ECMWF and EUMETNET. Its experts are involved in the elaboration of key actions for impact assessment, such as the Romania’s National Strategy on Climate Change and specialised reports related to climate change, adaptation and vulnerability assessment, such as the WMO-Agrometeorological Commission.
FutureWater SL (FW)
FutureWater is a research and consulting organisation that works throughout the world to combine scientific research with practical solutions for water management. FutureWater works at both global, national, and local levels with partners on projects addressing water for food, irrigation, water excess, water shortage, climate change, and river basin management. FutureWater’s key expertise is in the field of quantitative methods, based on simulation models, geographic information systems and satellite observations. Important clients and collaborators are: World Bank, Asian Development Bank, national and local governments, River Basin Organizations, Science Foundations, universities, and research organisations. In addition, to carrying out research and providing advice on request to clients, FutureWater frequently initiates state-of-the-art scientific and applied research projects. FutureWater has a pro-active approach to research where we use models to investigate a variety of problems and challenges in water management and emphasise possibilities for the future. FutureWater has offices in Wageningen (The Netherlands) and in Cartagena (Spain). In countries with substantial activities satellite offices are established: Maputo (Mozambique), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Meru (Kenya).
MINDS & SPARKS GmbH (M&S)
Research & Innovation Department
MINDS & SPARKS (M&S) is an independent, non-profit research organisation based in Vienna, Austria fostering science, innovation and technology to address major challenges and develop new methods and solutions for a better society. M&S creates strong connections between science and society using interdisciplinary approaches, promoting best practices and raising awareness on research and innovation achievements. Furthermore, the organisation focuses on improving the sustainability of research and innovation outcomes especially of public funded projects to ensure that spent resources lead to permanent positive impacts for the society as a whole. M&S is formed by a team of highly skilled personnel which holds many years of experience in designing, leading and implementing research and advisory projects and it hosts development consultants and technical engineers which have broad knowledge along the software development cycle. The organisation is involved in various research and innovation stakeholder networks including research organisations, academic institutions, civil societies, NGOs, governments, and industry in various sectors such as safety and security, health and care, energy and environment, or information and communication technologies.
CAP 2020-CONSULT (CAP2020)
CAP 2020 started its activity in 2009. CAP 2020 is specialised in site specific agronomical advice at national and at European level. Data generated by virtual weather stations and Internet of Things (IoT) weather sensors enable assessment and control of agro-pedo-climatic risks in order to take better decisions at agronomical, economical, logistical level, in interoperability with existing client’s chain of decision and digital systems. In addition, CapTrap automated pest recognition and counting service, based on Cap 2020´s own IoT connected traps, allows real time spatialised decision making to protect crops, while reducing monitoring costs and use of chemical inputs. Cap 2020 has sustained notable R&D efforts, by being involved in numerous collaborative projects, but also by developing its own and in France based conception and production means.
Meteomatics was founded in March 2012 by Dr. Martin Fengler. The focus of Meteomatics lies on the development of meteorological software products, processing and providing weather data, and consulting work. Our experience covers the whole process chain of a weather service provider: acquisition and processing of weather station data, numerical weather models, radar images, satellite data as well as visualisation of meteorological data and the development of customer specific forecasting systems, e.g. PV and wind power forecasts. Data refinement and delivery to the customer is part of the business. As first Swiss company Meteomatics developed a weather drone, the so called Meteodrone. As a flying weather station the Meteodrone collects data to close this gap. It is now the first time that extremely precise information on temperature, humidity and wind in the lower atmosphere can be recorded. Meteomatics is based in St.Gallen (CH) and employs around 75 people in three countries (Switzerland, Germany, and United Kingdom) with strong backgrounds in computer science, mathematics, meteorology and physics.