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Title: The use of Copernicus data to support archeological research in the Eastern Mediterranean
Authors: Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Christofe, Andreas 
Agapiou, Athos 
Nisantzi, Argyro 
Tzouvaras, Marios 
Papoutsa, Christiana 
Mettas, Christodoulos 
Evagorou, Evagoras G. 
Themistocleous, Kyriacos 
Lysandrou, Vasiliki 
Kouta, Georgia 
Lasaponara, Rosa 
Masini, Nicola 
Schreier, Gunter 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Civil Engineering;Civil Engineering
Keywords: Cyprus;Eastern Mediterranean;Cultural heritage;Copernicus;Copernicus
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Source: 38th Annual EARSeL Symposium, 2018, 9-12 July, Chania, Crete, Greece
Project: ATHENA. Remote Sensing Science Center for Cultural Heritage 
Conference: EARSeL Symposium 
Abstract: Based on satellite and in situ observations, the Copernicus services deliver near-real-time data on a global level which can also be used for local and regional needs. The ongoing Horizon 2020 "ATHENA” Twinning project uses specific Copernicus data to identify several case studies. “ATHENA” project aims to establish a “Remote Sensing Science Center for Cultural Heritage” in Cyprus. The Center foresees to support the current Cultural Heritage (CH) needs through the systematic exploitation of Earth Observation technologies. For the establishment of the center, the existing Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Research Laboratory of the Eratosthenes Research Center (ERC) based at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), is twinned with internationally-leading counterparts from the EU, the National Research Council of Italy and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). Through this network, the ATHENA twinning project strengthens the remote sensing capacity in cultural heritage at CUT’s ERC. Within "ATHENA" project, training courses, workshops and other activities are carried out, promoting Earth Observation knowledge and best practices. Earth Observation technologies are introduced, systematically employed, and further developed for Cultural Heritage applications. These technologies implement Copernicus data and services for the preservation of Cultural Heritage as they can be usefully adopted for tackling the looting phenomenon. Satellite technologies offer a suitable chance to quantify and analyze this phenomenon, especially in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean, where the onsite surveillance is not much effective or non-practicable due to military or political restrictions. Also, active and passive remote sensing data for archaeology, SAR for change and deformation detection, satellite monitoring for archaeological looting, integration of remote sensing data for protection and preservation of cultural heritage are also further explored. The scientific strengthening and networking achieved in Cyprus through the ATHENA project could be of great benefit for the entire Eastern Mediterranean Region bearing a plethora of archaeological sites and monuments urgently calling for monitoring and safeguarding.
Type: Conference Papers
Affiliation : Cyprus University of Technology 
Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis 
Institute of Archaeological Monumental Heritage 
German Aerospace Center 
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