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project . 2021 - 2023 . On going


Weather, Climate and ENvironmental information for Tourism
Open Access mandate for Publications and Research data
European Commission
Funder: European CommissionProject code: 887544 Call for proposal: H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
Funded under: H2020 | MSCA-IF-EF-ST Overall Budget: 183,473 EURFunder Contribution: 183,473 EUR
Status: On going
01 Jul 2021 (Started) 30 Jun 2023 (Ending)

The proposed research aims to fill a niche in the weather/climate/environment information tailored to the usual tourist interests, in the same time reaching beyond the conventional exploitation paths of Earth Observation data. The proposal addresses several challenges identified by EU policy in tourism - economic competitiveness, technological challenges, markets and competition – and focuses on the development of innovative environmental products for the tourism sector, including a framework for their free/commercial delivery. The specific research objectives, each leading to a novel result, are as follows: (1) quantify user interests related to environmental features for 4 destination types (novelty: basis for development of a new index for rural areas); (2) select and shape relevant climate and environmental information based on site-, season- and leisure activity specifics (novelty: fine-tuned, individualized information); (3) translate EO data into friendlyto- use information (novelty: EO products adapted for tourism); (4) deliver it to the user in a compact and timely manner (novelty: user-fitted communication form). The research work toward these objectives will involve literature reviews, questionnaires, processing climate data into specific tourism and bio-meteorological indices, processing and ‘packing’ of satellite products employing a user-oriented formulation, as well as a strong component on stakeholders involvement. At career level, the work will allow to build a unique scientific expertise comprising interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research capabilities and transferable aptitudes, to be further exploited through existing and new collaboration projects and networks. The scientific results will lead to development of innovative downstream integrated information addressing tourism actors, new directions for innovative applications of satellite-based information in the day-to-day life, knowledge conversion into products and services.

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