In June 2007, the Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Lab/ ERATOSTHENES Group http://www.cyprusremotesensing.com/ has been established and it is the most productive research group in securing external funding in the whole CUT university. The Remote Sensing and Geo-Environment Lab/ ERATOSTHENES Group from 2007 up to now has participated in more than 70 projects funded from EC, national and industrial sources http://www.cyprusremotesensing.com/research-grants. Specifically, ERATOSTHENES group participated in several research projects funded by H2020, FP7, FP6, INTERREG, ECHO, LIFE+, MED, MARIE-CURIE (ITN), EUREKA, ERASMUS+, Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (CRPF), etc. It’s research is focused in the following areas: Remote Sensing; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) intended for several thematic areas such as: Sustainability, Natural Hazards, cultural heritage, Risk assessment, Climate change, Water Resources Management, Atmospheric sciences, Agriculture etc. The ERC is a member of several networks such as EARSeL, NASA, EARLINET, ACTRIS, AERONET (NASA), FABSPACE, COPERNICUS ACADEMY, MEDRIN and has strong links with organizations such as ESA, DLR, NASA and GEO.
In November 2019, through the ‘ERATOSTHENES: Excellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment’ with the acronym: ‘EXCELSIOR’, Horizon 2020 Widespread Teaming Phase 2 project, a new, autonomous and self-sustained Centre of Excellence entitled as ‘ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence Ltd (ECoE)’ has been established, as a result of upgrading the existing ERC, operating within the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Faculty of Engineering and Technology of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) since 2007 (https://excelsior2020.eu/) (>38 Million euros funding). The ECoE’s main research goal is the advanced understanding of Earth system sciences using remote sensing methods and engineering techniques.