EO-TEN - Earth Observation Applications for Trans European Networks

EO-TEN has the objective to increase the operational application potential of innovative Earth observation (EO) methods having a realistic market potential in Austria and Europe for EIAs and SEAs. The focus is on improving and advancing EO methods and derived products serving to protect the environment, the population and the infrastructure itself and to develop a sustainable service component serving EIAs and SEAs.

Short Description

The Brenner Axis has recently been designated a priority number one project among 30 Trans European Network (TEN) projects representing a total of € 225 billion investment up to 2020. To minimise environmental impacts of TEN projects, legal instruments such as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) have to be applied prior to construction.

Development is done in co-operation with stakeholders on the user side (Brenner Eisenbahn Gesellschaft BEG, Austrian Umweltbundesamt) and involvement of Leica Geosystems, the world’s leading image processing software company. Experience in research and space science, applied research as well as commercial implementation and application development are the complementary EO-TEN project partner assets.

EO-TEN thematically complements the current GMES involvement of the project partners, where Austria has secured the leading role in space based spatial planning applications until 2012. As such EO-TEN addresses a niche market opportunity, which has not been covered in GMES yet, but offers significant commercial contract opportunities. Integrated exploitation with the ESA-GSE Land project will provide market access to stakeholders in 12 European countries.

Besides an improvement of key EO techniques, EO-TEN outcomes comprise EO derived maps, geo-information and analysis results in the domains of land cover, settlement structures, environmental and landscape monitoring, terrain structures, and surface displacement.

These results will allow for systematic and geospatial explicit environmental analyses in the SEA and EIA framework. With these results the consortium and users will have significant information and tools for minimising environmental impacts of TEN projects, and protecting the population and the infrastructure.

Project Partners


GeoVille Information Systems Group GmbH - Christian Hoffmann


  • ARC Austrian Research Centers GmbH - Klaus Steinnocher, Florian Kessler
  • TU Wien - Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Wolfgang Wagner, Markus Hollaus
  • Leica Geosystems

Contact Address

GeoVille Information Systems Group GmbH
Christian Hoffmann
Museumstraße 9 - 11
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.:+43 (512) 56 20 21 - 0
Fax: +43 (512) 56 20 21 - 22
E-mail: hoffmann@geoville.com
Web: www.geoville.com