Title: LIMES: Satellite Imagery Analysis and Information Management for Treaty Monitoring
Citation: European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) - 31st Annual Meeting - Symposium on Nuclear Material Management - ISBN 978-92-79-13054-0
Publisher: Publications Office the European Union
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC51615
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC51615
DOI: 10.2788/26070
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: LIMES (Land/Sea Integrated Monitoring for European Security) is a FP6-funded project which aims at developing satellite-based services for different security-related applications such as maritime, land and border surveillance and emergence response. LIMES started in December 2006 and will run until early 2010. The first half of the project has been concluded with a number of service demonstrations during the summer 2008. LIMES contains a work package focused on Non-Proliferation-Treaty Monitoring, which has the objective to provide an integrated platform supporting the image analyst in verifying treaty compliance. The main aspects addressed by the work package are data processing and information management: (a) increased automation of the image processing workflow, in particular in the areas of object-based change analysis, 3D information extraction and processing of radar imagery; (b) better management of information using a GIS-based platform capable of integrating data and documents from multiple sources and time-frames, including satellite imagery, site modeling, open source information, reports, etc. A demonstration was carried out during the summer 2008. The scenario was to monitor and analyse the Finish nuclear site Olkiluoto since the beginning of the EPR construction in 2004 using satellite imagery and Open Source information. The demonstration and platform validation was performed at the European Satellite Centre (EUSC) and the results were presented to a number of potential users including IAEA and DG-TREN. The presentation illustrates the achievements of the Treaty Monitoring work package and in particular the results of the Olkiluoto demonstration and also discusses the planed activities for the remainder of the project.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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