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ICT Field 3
Media and Content

Programmes assigned to this field

CLIMATOOLS CLIMATOOLS
Climate change creates new conditions to which we must adapt. To assist social planners and decision makers in their adaptation measures, we are (...)
Climate change creates new conditions to which we must adapt. To assist social planners and decision makers in their adaptation measures, we are developing a set of tools.


The tools assist in dealing with matters such as how to calculate the costs of adaptation measures and the resulting revenues, how we deal with conflicting objectives, and how we can highlight ethical issues.

The tools will be developed in preliminary form in the initial part of the programme and then tested and improved in the second part. In the course of this process, new knowledge of the adaptation will be gained, which may be necessary in Sweden a little further ahead in time.

The eight tools

  1. Scenario-based convergence seminars that shed light on the ethical arguments for selecting action and strategies.
  2. Typical scenarios that facilitate the development of local scenarios for supporting decision.
  3. Methods for adaptability analysis based on vulnerability analysis methods.
  4. Manual for analysis of the health consequences of climate change.
  5. Guidelines for the economic analysis of climate change and adaptation to it.
  6. Checklist that can be used to detect and deal with ethical problems arising when society adopts measures for adapting to climate change.
  7. Handbook which describes methods that can be used for handling conflicts that may arise between the set objectives.
  8. Guide for dealing with gender and gender equality issues in adaptation to climate change.
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UPB Environmental Probe Database of the German Federation (Umweltprobenbank des Bundes)
Aufgaben und Ziele Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik (...)

Aufgaben und Ziele

Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gewonnen, charakterisiert und bei Temperaturen unter minus 150° C so gelagert, dass sich die chemische Zusammensetzung ihrer Inhaltsstoffe über Jahrzehnte nicht verändert.

Zur Gewährleistung des hohen wissenschaftlichen Anspruchs an die Umweltprobenbank wurden während der Aufbauphase vorrangig folgende Aufgaben bearbeitet:

 

Die Belegproben der Umweltprobenbank sollen insbesondere für folgende Aufgaben genutzt werden:

  • Kontinuierliche Überwachung der Konzentration gegenwärtig bereits bekannter Schadstoffe durch systematische Charakterisierung (Monitoring) der gewonnenen Proben vor ihrer Archivierung;
  • Trendaussagen über lokale, regionale und globale Entwicklungen der Schadstoffbelastungen auf der Grundlage authentischen Materials aus der Vergangenheit (Trend- und ökotoxikologische Aussagen);
  • Bestimmung der Konzentration von Stoffen, die zur Zeit der Einlagerung (Sicherung) noch nicht als Schadstoffe erkannt waren oder nicht mit ausreichender Genauigkeit analysiert werden konnten (retrospektives Monitoring);
  • Überprüfung früher ermittelter Monitoring-Ergebnisse;
  • Anwendung standardisierter Methodenbeschreibungen (Standardarbeitsanweisungen) für Probentransport, -aufarbeitung, -charakterisierung und -lagerung als notwendige Voraussetzung zur Gewinnung vergleichbarer Ergebnisse;
  • Verwendung als Referenzproben zur Dokumentation der analytischen Leistungsverbesserung.
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FloodRisk FloodRisk (Flutrisiko)
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  Geoinformation infrastructure and sustainable spatial development
Connection of digital land cadastre data and topographic databases aims at improving digital cadastral maps. The results lead to new real estate (...)
Connection of digital land cadastre data and topographic databases aims at improving digital cadastral maps. The results lead to new real estate record including 3D cadastre of real estates. Special attention is attached to rural planning in order to preserve landscape values and maintain ecological balance.
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GBIF-D Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Weltweit wird in unzähligen Projekten und Institutionen geforscht, um die Ursachen für die Bedrohung der biologischen Vielfalt zu erkennen und (...)
Weltweit wird in unzähligen Projekten und Institutionen geforscht, um die Ursachen für die Bedrohung der biologischen Vielfalt zu erkennen und optimale Strategien für ihren Schutz zu entwickeln. Im organismischen Bereich werden bereits seit mehr als 250 Jahren biodiversitätsbezogene wissenschaftliche Daten erhoben und gespeichert; so z.B. in den weltweit auf etwa 3 Milliarden Exemplare geschätzten Beständen naturkundlicher Forschungssammlungen. Diese Sammlungen dienen für viele Forschungsbereiche der Biologie, Medizin oder Umweltwissenschaften als unverzichtbare "Datenbanken des Lebens" und stellen zugleich ein bedeutendes Reservoir genetischer Ressourcen dar. Die hier existierenden Informationen sind jedoch bisher verstreut, nur schwer zugänglich und somit nicht voll nutzbar.

Dieser schwierige Zugriff auf Informationen über Vielfalt und Verschiedenartigkeit von Genen, Arten, Tier- und Pflanzengesellschaften und Ökosystemen verursacht Kosten und beeinträchtigt Entscheidungsprozesse in vielen Bereichen: im Natur- und Artenschutz, bei politischen Entscheidungen oder bei der Suche nach möglichen Quellen für die Biotechnologie.
Die internationale Initiative zu GBIF hat die Vernetzung und freie Verfügbarmachung der weltweit vorhandenen Daten zur biologischen Vielfalt per Mausklick für jedermann über das Internet zum Ziel. Diese Aufgabe ist von einzelnen Staaten nicht zu leisten. Deshalb erarbeitete in den letzten Jahren eine Arbeitsgruppe zur Biodiversitätsinformatik aus Vertretern von 20 Staaten und der EU im Rahmen des Megascience Forums der OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) ein Verfahren für die Einrichtung von GBIF. Als Ergebnis entstand im März 2001 die Einrichtung GBIF auf der Basis einer internationalen Vereinbarung von zu diesem Zeitpunkt 11 beitragszahlenden Staaten. Mittlerweile beteiligen sich über 50 Staaten an der GBIF Initiative.
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GLOWA Global Change and the Hydrological Cycle (Globaler Wandel des Wasserkreislaufs)
Global Change Research is done with the objective of revealing to politics, industry and society the causes of the global pattern changes observed (...)
Global Change Research is done with the objective of revealing to politics, industry and society the causes of the global pattern changes observed and the interactions involved, the extent to which the natural variability of global environmental phenomena is influenced by humankind, the extent to which changes can be forecasted, and the implications of these changes for social systems, in particular with regard to the aim of sustainable development. Because global environmental changes alter the current and future living conditions of people, there is an increasing need to shift this research towards more direct practical applications in order to help to provide answers to the questions raised by stakeholders and decision-makers. As a major contribution to this effort the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the program GLOWA. GLOWA is embedded in the BMBF research framework program on research for sustainability.
GLOWA focuses on the problem of water availability. The medium and long-term availability of water is not only called into question by the continuous growth of the world population and in some areas by the excessive use of water resources, but is also increasingly influenced by global environmental changes. The aim of GLOWA is to develop simulation-tools and instruments which will allow to develop and to realize strategies for sustainable and future-oriented water management at regional level (river basins of approx. 100.000 km²), while taking into account global environmental changes and socioeconomic framework conditions.
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CLIBIO Impacts of Climate Change and Biodiversity Effects
Assessment of the economic impacts of climate change on biodiversity: macro-economic implications of selected climate change impacts on the EU (...)
Assessment of the economic impacts of climate change on biodiversity: macro-economic implications of selected climate change impacts on the EU national economies and the economic assessment of human-caused changes in biodiversity services.
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LOCAR Lowland Catchment Research (Lowland Catchment Research )
Aims and objectives The LOCAR programme aimed to improve the science required to support current and future management needs for permeable lowland (...)
Aims and objectives
The LOCAR programme aimed to improve the science required to support current and future management needs for permeable lowland catchments through an integrated and multi-disciplinary experimental and modelling programme.
Scientific aims
Develop an improved understanding of hydrological, hydrogeological, geomorphological and ecological interactions within permeable catchment systems, and their associated aquatic habitats, at different spatial and temporal scales and for different land uses.
Develop improved modelling, database and GIS tools to inform and support the integrated management of lowland catchment systems.
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NEPIS National Environmental Protection Information System (Országos Környezetvédelmi Információs Rendszer)
Primary goal of NEPIS is to provide relevant data and information in a modular system (e. g. air pollution, water quality, waste management) about (...)
Primary goal of NEPIS is to provide relevant data and information in a modular system (e. g. air pollution, water quality, waste management) about the state of the environment. Elements of the modular system are coherent and interchangable. The computerised and Internet accessible information system permits any citizen to identify environmental information associated  with sites located close to a specific location (e.g. home or employment location).
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  Outdoor Recreation in Change (Friluftsliv i förändring)
Outdoor Recreation in Change is an interdisciplinary, national research programme for the study of outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism in (...)
Outdoor Recreation in Change is an interdisciplinary, national research programme for the study of outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism in Sweden. The overall aim of the programme is to present a broad picture of the dynamics of outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism in Sweden.  

The programme is a network project, involving about 15 researchers from seven universities and colleges in Sweden.

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Projects assigned to this field

ÖGIS Austrian Health Information System (Österreichisches Gesundheitsinformationssystem)
In Austria the "Österreichische Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen (ÖBIG)" started to es-tablish an „Environment Geographical Information System (...)

In Austria the "Österreichische Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen (ÖBIG)" started to es-tablish an „Environment Geographical Information System (UGIS)" in 1991 in charge of the Austrian Ministry of Health (BMG). The main goal of UGIS (since 1999 renewed to "Austrian Health Information System", ÖGIS) is to collect and organize data on health and environment in order to provide quick replies to questions of the Ministry of Health. The system should be an easily and quickly accessible information tool regarding health and environment in Aus-tria. ÖBIG is collecting data from different authorities like Statistic Austria, provincial govern-ments, social insurances agencies, Ministry of Health, Austrian Medical Association etc..

Austria Details
Change Detection Automatic Detection of Changes in Satellite Image Series (Automatische Erkennung von Veränderungen in Satellitenbilddatenreihen)
Plötzliche Veränderungen, die durch Naturkatastrophen oder andere Zerstörungen hervorgerufen werden, stehen im Fokus des Projektes«, so Prof. Ehlers. (...)
Plötzliche Veränderungen, die durch Naturkatastrophen oder andere Zerstörungen hervorgerufen werden, stehen im Fokus des Projektes«, so Prof. Ehlers. »Besonders Einsatzkräfte, die in Krisengebiete geschickt werden, haben großes Interesse daran, schnell und zuverlässig zu erfahren, wo im Zielgebiet die größten Veränderungen zu finden sind«, ergänzt Prof. Michel. »Hierdurch lässt sich wertvolle Zeit für Bergungsarbeiten gewinnen«. Die Wissenschaftler entwickeln derzeit gemeinsam neue Software zur Auswertung von Satellitenbildern. Diese sollen über eine Kombination von Algorithmen, die Form, Farbe und Texturen von Bildobjekten berücksichtigen, Umwelt- und Naturveränderungen automatisch anzeigen.
Germany Details
CANEMU Carbon Neutral Municipalities
Five Finnish municipalities have promised to act as laboratories by working to curb their carbon dioxide emissions ahead of schedule. This (...)
Five Finnish municipalities have promised to act as laboratories by working to curb their carbon dioxide emissions ahead of schedule. This ground-breaking project involves the municipalities of Mynämäki, Uusikaupunki, Kuhmoinen, Padasjoki and Parikkala.

The project aims at greenhouse gas emission reductions both in the near future (2-5 years) and in the longer term (6-20 years). Commitment of the municipal authorities, local businesses and residents to emission reductions is essential to success.

Researchers, experts, businesses, politicians and local residents will together devise and tailor solutions that can reduce emissions, especially related to housing, transportation and foodstuffs. All the municipalities will strive to increase their use of renewable energy and improve their material and energy efficiency. 

Finland Details
CEHAPE Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe
This action plan, addressing the environmental risk factors that most affect the health of European children, was adopted by European Ministers (...)

This action plan, addressing the environmental risk factors that most affect the health of European children, was adopted by European Ministers in 2004 at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

The CEHAPE highlights the main commitments on children's health and environment focusing on four regional priority goals (RPGs) for Europe:

  • RPG I: ensure safe water and adequate sanitation
  • RPG II: ensure protection from injuries and adequate physical activity
  • RPG III: ensure clean outdoor and indoor air
  • RPG IV: aim at chemical-free environments

By addressing environmental risk factors, the CEHAPE covers two of the seven priorities within the comprehensive WHO European strategy on child and adolescent health and development.

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Life LINCE Conservation and reintroduction of the Iberian lynx in Andalucia (Conservación y reintroducción del lince ibérico en Andalucía)
The Iberian lynx is the most threatened carnivorous mammal in Europe. This medium-sized feline (8-14 kg) lives in areas characterised by a mixture (...)
The Iberian lynx is the most threatened carnivorous mammal in Europe. This medium-sized feline (8-14 kg) lives in areas characterised by a mixture of dense woodland, Mediterranean scrub and pasture, especially areas with an abundance of rabbits and where interference from humans is minimal. Up to the XIXth century, the species could be found in all the regions of Spain and Portugal. Since then, and particularly in the last decades of the XXth century, its population and distribution area have suffered an alarming decline mainly due to rabbit epidemics and loss of habitat. At present, the population is barely 100 individuals in only two unconnected regions of Andalucia, Andújar-Cardeña and Doñana. This catastrophic trend was partially reversed by a former LIFE project (LIFE 02/E/8609) that succeeded in stabilising the situation by maintaining collaboration with landowners and hunters, improving habitat conditions and managing rabbit populations. A wide and massive awareness raising campaign was also carried out. However, the need for additional efforts was apparent. Many deaths were occurring as a result of road accidents.
Spain Details
CORINE Turkey Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Land Cover Project Turkey (CORINE Türkiye)
 CORINE (Coordination of Information on the Environment) Land Cover Program was initiated by European Union Commission. CORINE program was (...)
 CORINE (Coordination of Information on the Environment) Land Cover Program was initiated by European Union Commission. CORINE program was executed by European Commission from 1985 to 1990. During this period an environmental information system (CORINE System) was developed, terminology and methodology of this system was developed and accepted at European Union level. At Dobris Conference took place in 1991, program was requested to be applied to Middle and Eastern European Countries within the framework of European Union Grant Program and CORINE databases were completed in 13 countries with this support.

CORINE program is serving to four fundamental goals. These are:

-        To compile information on the state of the environment with regard to certain topics which have priority for all the Member States of the Community,

-        To coordinate the compilation of data and the organization of information within the Member States or at international level,

-        To ensure that information is consistent and that data are compatible,

-        To create “Land Usage” maps of our country in accordance with the criteria of European Environment Agency,

-        A further objective of the CORINE program is to bring together all the many attempts which have been made over the years at various levels (international, Community, national and regional) to obtain more information on the environment and the way it is changing.

The first phase of the Project was completed by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the second phase is under the responsibility of Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Turkey Details
ON Cultivos Crops for energy production (Cultivos para producir energía)
The general objective is to promote the sustainable commercial development of energy crops in Spain. The final goal is to upgrade the production (...)

The general objective is to promote the sustainable commercial development of energy crops in Spain.

The final goal is to upgrade the production of energy from energy crops biomass from its present situation to a precommercial stage, by defining and creating the conditions that can promote the sustainable market of this alternative. Therefore the Project work programme intends to co-ordinate the industrial and RTD activities in order to try to achieve the national energy objectives with energy crops biomass.

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ZSU Development of an Object-Oriented Model Catalog for Unification of Road Data and Environmental Information (Entwicklung eines objektorientierten Modellkatalogs für die Zusammenführung von Straßendaten und Umweltinformationen)
Objective of ZSU  is the Unification of road and environmental information for linking objects from the Environmental Information System (UIS) (...)
Objective of ZSU  is the Unification of road and environmental information for linking objects from the Environmental Information System (UIS) and objects from the Administration (SBV), coming along with a reduction of existing media breaks.
Germany Details
Digital Inclusion Digital Inclusion (Inclusão e Participação Digital)
In those societies with access to new media, concern continues to grow about the digital divide, between generations and between majority and (...)
In those societies with access to new media, concern continues to grow about the digital divide, between generations and between majority and minority social groups. In Portuguese society, this challenge presents some specific characteristics, marked by major cultural and educational differences and by the very different levels of digital literacy that distinguish the access and use of these media by adults and children. Children and youth younger than 18 year are ahead of adults in access and use, to the contrary of what happens in the majority of other European countries.

Portugal has passed from being a country of emigrants to becoming a country of immigrants, from its old colonies in Africa and Brazil in the last few decades, and more recently of immigrants from the countries of Eastern Europe. Access and use of the digital media also vary between children that have these media at home and in their room, and those who only get to use them at school and in public access where their use is limited and conditioned by circumstances.

This project thus intends to contribute to knowledge of the critical factors that facilitate or make more difficult the access and use of digital media by social groups that are considered socially disadvantaged. With this research it will be possible to bring together indicators that will contribute to helping digital content industries reach and include segments of the market that are not yet reached by their productions; that may help design public policies for digital inclusion that will be more effective and sustainable; that may strengthen local networks and agencies, including the production of contents by the groups that have been digitally excluded until now.
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UFO - Flugroutenoptimierung Environmental Compatible Flight Route Optimization (Verminderung von Kondensstreifen durch Flugroutenoptimierung)
Contrails and contrail cirrus are anthropogenic clouds. In the same way as natural clouds they have an impact on the earth radiation budget. If the (...)
Contrails and contrail cirrus are anthropogenic clouds. In the same way as natural clouds they have an impact on the earth radiation budget. If the ambient air is cold and moist enough, contrails are triggered by high flying aircrafts. According to the actual state of knowledge they account for 2 - 3% of the total anthropogenic warming. A contrail might be warming or cooling the earth-atmosphere system depending on the position of the sun, the surface properties and the state of the atmosphere. Only in limited areas temperature and water vapour content are favourable for the formation of contrails. Their life-time and spreading into cirrus decks are controlled by the atmospheric dynamics. Mainly at night, but also over bright surfaces or low clouds, contrails are warming. The basic idea of this project is to use weather forecast data in order to identify those regions which could lead to strongly warming contrails. This information will be included into the already existing routines for flight route optimisation to avoid those areas and flight levels if feasible. Within this project the feasibility and practicability of such an optimisation will be studied taking special care of the safety aspects and the cost effectiveness.

Kondensstreifen und die daraus entstehenden Zirren greifen als anthropogene Wolken in den Strahlungshaushalt der Atmosphäre ein. Sie können von hochfliegenden Flugzeugen ausgelöst werden, sobald die Umgebungsluft kalt und feucht genug ist. Nach dem derzeitigen Wissensstand tragen sie mit ca. 2 bis 3 Prozent zum gesamten anthropogenen Treibhauseffekt bei. Ob ein Kondensstreifen erwärmend oder abkühlend wirkt, hängt im Einzelfall vom Sonnenstand, Ort und Zustand der Atmosphäre ab. Die Bedingungen zur Entstehung von Kondensstreifen sind nur in begrenzten Gebieten gegeben, ihre Ausbreitung und Lebensdauer wird durch die Dynamik der Atmosphäre bestimmt. Erwärmend wirken Kondensstreifen vor allem nachts, aber auch über hellem Untergrund und über niedrigen Wolken. Die grundlegende Idee dieses Vorhabens ist es, schon bei der Optimierung von Flugrouten kondensstreifenträchtige Gebiete dann zu vermeiden, wenn eine starke, erwärmende Strahlungswirkung zu erwarten ist, um so die Klimawirkung des Luftverkehrs zu reduzieren. Dazu wird die Strahlungswirkung potenzieller Kondensstreifen auf der Datengrundlage von Wettervorhersagemodellen abgeschätzt und als zusätzliches Kriterium in die Flugplanung eingeführt. In diesem Verbundprojekt wird die Durchführbarkeit dieser Optimierung unter Berücksichtigung der Sicherheitsaspekte, der Wirtschaftlichkeit und des Nutzens für das globale Klima bewertet.

Source: http://www.klimazwei.de/ProjektezumKlimaschutz/Projekt%C3%BCbersicht/Flugroutenoptimierung/tabid/96/language/en-US/language/de-DE/Default.aspx?en-US=Default.aspx&de-DE=Default.aspx
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