Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB


One of the most important strategies in 21st Century Earth Management related science and engineering disciplines concerns the integration and implementation of intelligent solutions for sensing the Earth environment, numerically simulating the natural and anthropogenic processes involved and the automated service delivery of extracted knowledge for decision-support. In situ, airborne and spaceborne Earth observations which are performed by multiple research and industrial organizations around the world are now generating a large volume of data and information about Earth processes and eco-systems. Nevertheless, such generated data and information cannot be efficiently managed using traditional methods of data storage and access by a large community of multi-disciplinary and collaborative decision makers, particularly those specializing in Critical Earth Management.


Therefore, there is, an urgent need for the deployment of generic knowledge bases and decision-support services in the context of an event driven service architecture. Enhancements for the on-demand availability to large user communities in accordance to their professional requirements for conducting crises as they evolve in time as need to be undertaken. Required actions to mitigate the foreseeable impacts which may occur during crises have to be further refined.


TRIDEC as an Integrated Project – partly funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme – focuses on new approaches and technologies for intelligent geo-information management in complex and critical decision-making processes in Earth sciences. The key objective in TRIDEC is to design and implement a collaboration infrastructure of interoperable services through which the intelligent management of information and data, dynamically increasing both in terms of size and dimensionality, is efficiently supported. This will enable multiple decision-makers to respond efficiently using a collaborative decision-support environment.

TRIDEC will establish rapid and on-demand interoperability of inherited legacy applications and tools owned by the project consortium partners. By using collaborative computing techniques TRIDEC enhances the interoperability of the components to establish a decision-support enterprise system of services which can critically deliver timely information to decision-makers.

More information can be obtained on the TRIDEC website. To get a first impression of the project you can download the TRIDEC Leaflet here.