GEO-CRADLE Regional Workshop, 14/09/2017, Tel Aviv


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.

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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



Time Topic Speakers
08:30-09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00-09:15 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
09:15-09:35 GEO-CRADLE project in context of regional needs Dr. Haris Kontoes – GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator, NOA, Greece
09:35-09:50 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
09:50-10:05 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 
10:05-10:20 Copernicus and GEO opportunities for Israel and the region Ms. Eleni Christia – GEO-CRADLE Project Communication Manager, NOA, Greece
10:20-10:35 Q&A – Discussion  
10:35-11:05 Coffee break
Session II Regional EO perspective Chair: Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor , TAU
11:05-11:20 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
11:20-11:35 The Israel space programs Mr. Avi Blasberger – General Director, Israel Space Agency (ISA)
11:35-11:50 EO capabilities Mr. Barak Solomin – ImageSatInt
11:50-12:05 Sub-surface combination of active and passive remote sensing methods and approaches for soil mapping Dr. Naftaly Goldshleger – Ariel University
12:05-12:20 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
12:20-12:30 Q&A – Discussion
Session III Environmental monitoring: Projects in Israel Chair: Prof. George Zalidis, IBEC
12:30-12:45 Monitoring geo-hazards using SAR Interferometry Dr. Ran Novitsky Nof – Seismology Division, The Geophysical Institute of Israel
12:45-13:00 Modeling floods and drought in Israel: current situation and future possibilities Dr. Amir Givati – Israel Water Authority
13:00-13:15 Climate change and its environmental impacts: methodological approaches Prof. Hadas Saaroni – The Department of Geography and the Human Environment, TAU
13:15-14:00 Lunch break  
14:00-14:15 The need for a precise and frequent soil cover mapping Dr. Gil Eshel – The Ministry of Agriculture
14:15-14:30 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
14:30-14:40 Q&A – Discussion  
Session IV The end-user perspective
14:40-15:35 Part 1 Chair: Dr. Haris Kontoes, NOA
14:40-14:55 Applications of Geoinformation Technology to forest monitoring and management in Israel Dr. Michael Shprinsin – Keren Kayemet LeIsrael (The Jewish National Fund)
14:55-15:10 Current research of the south including some remote-sensing examples Dr. Elli Groner – Scientific Director, The Dead Sea and Arava Science Center (DSASC)
15:10-15:20 Q&A – Discussion  
15:20-15:50 Coffee break
15:50-16:50 Part 2: Round table: How to maximize the benefits of EO for food security in Israel Chair: Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor, TAU
15:50-16:05 The use of GIS and satellite and aerial images in agricultural land surveys Ms. Nurit Ben Hagai – Zemach-Nisyonot
16:05-16:20 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
16:20-16:50 Interventions / Comments Dr. Haris Kontoes, Dr. Efrat Oron
16:50-17:00 Conclusions Dr. Haris Kontoes, GEO-CRADLE Project Coordinator