Thematic priorities: the thematic research priorities are as follows:
- Global monitoring of vegetation and evolution of terrestrial ecosystems
- Environmental management (water, soil, forests, agriculture, coastal areas, urban areas and suburban areas)
- Health and humanitarian aid
- Security and risk management
Programme structure: the four-part programme comprises:
1. Actual scientific research: the scientific research covers two types of projects: thematic projects and satellite projects.
- Actual scientific research
- Development of products and services
- Scientific support
- Exploitation and promotion
Thematic projects: this refers to major projects covering 3 to 5 years aimed at basic research and the development of applications. The research is conducted via partnerships involving 2-5 research teams (from Belgium and Luxembourg), whether or not rounded out by (an) international team(s).
Satellite projects: this involves small-scale projects, associated with thematic projects, covering 12-24 months for individual research teams or partnerships, comprising of 2 research teams from Belgium and Luxemburg whether or not rounded out by an international team.
2. Development of products and services: this refers to 3 types of projects aimed at the transfer of technology and knowledge for the development of pre-operational products and services.
3. Scientific support (EODesk): the scientific support comprises:
4. Exploitation and promotion (EODesk)
- services to the community of users;
- maintaining and extending the Belgian Earth Observation Platform and EOEdu websites;
- buying and archiving remote sensing data for the Belgian Science Policy Office's research programmes;
- lending support to the adaptation of Belgian operational services
- developing and distributing educative products;
- participating in production development by third parties;
- making EO opportunities, based in particular on the results of research projects within the STEREO programme, known to a wide public.