National Observatory of Athens, Greece (NOA)

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA), established in 1842, is the oldest research centre in Greece and in southeast Europe. NOA hosts the UNESCO Chair for Natural Disasters and the Greek Focal Point of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS). The Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing (NOA/ISARS), one of the 5 NOA Institutes, was founded in 1955 and currently has a permanent staff of 20, plus 20 scientists under contract (mostly post-docs).

NOA/ISARS conducts research on the solar system and the Earth’s atmosphere and surface using multiple in situ and remote sensing technologies. NOA/ISARS has participated in numerous EC-, ESA- and nationally-funded projects. Recent examples include “EuroPlaNeT”, EC (2009-); “Thermopolis 2009”, ESA (2009-); “HyMars – Development and application of advanced HIS techniques on OMEGA/Mars Express data”; nationally funded (2008-); “SREM Solar Particle Event Scientific Analysis”, ESA (2008-) coordinated by NOA/ISARS; “UHI”, ESA (2008-); “DIAS (European Digital Upper Atmosphere Server)”, EC (2004-2006), coordinated by NOA/ISARS.

NOA/ISARS will lead WP7 and WP8 and contribute to WPs 2, 5 and 6.