ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability

ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability European Commission: ICT for Sustainable Growth European Commission CORDIS Seventh Framework Programme KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Graz University of Technology, Knowledge Management Institute International Society for Environmental Protection
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ICT Field 3.1
Publishing, Digital 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.
Sweden Details
Sparkling Science Sparkling Science - Science linking with School, School linking with Science (Sparkling Science - Wissenschaft ruft Schule, Schule ruft Wissenschaft)
Sparkling Science is a research programme from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research which is breaking unconventional and unique ground in the (...)

Sparkling Science is a research programme from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research which is breaking unconventional and unique ground in the promotion of young scientists in Europe.

Special features of the programme: Scientists work side by side with young people on over 100 research projects in which the young colleagues are not just involved as observers but where they actively take over and work independently on parts of the research.

Source: http://www.sparklingscience.at/en/

Austria Details

Projects assigned to this field

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.
Portugal Details
MAVERIC Map-based assessment of vulnerability to climate change employing regional indicators
The central aim of this project is to map quantitative measures of vulnerability to climate change at municipality scale across Finland. (...)
The central aim of this project is to map quantitative measures of vulnerability to climate change at municipality scale across Finland. Vulnerability is defined as the degree to which a system is susceptible to, or unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change. It can be characterised as a function of the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of a system to climate change.
Finland Details
AQMS National Air Quality Monitoring System (Ulusal Hava Kalitesi İzleme Ağı )
 In 2004, MoEF contracted for establishment of air quality measurement stations in 36 provinces. (completed in 2005) In 2006 a second contract (...)
 In 2004, MoEF contracted for establishment of air quality measurement stations in 36 provinces. (completed in 2005)

In 2006 a second contract was accepted for establishment of air quality measurement stations in remaining 45 provinces. (completed in 2007)

mobile station that belong to MoEF was integrated in the system in 2006.

In addition to the stations that were established by MoEF, 10 stations from Istanbul Municipality, 4 stations from Izmir Municipality and 8 stations that belongs to MoH in Ankara were integrated to the system. 8 stations in Ankara will be transferred to MoEF from MoH, in terms of a protocol between them.

Today a total of 116 stations are available in the system. Also 3 mobile stations are in use for the demands of the provinces to measure air quality for limited time duration.

Data that are obtained from the stations are sent via GSM modems to the server which is placed in Environment Reference Laboratory and to the data collector computers which are placed in each Provincial Unit of MoEF in provinces. The data are sent through a closed network (VPN).

Mentioned air quality measurement data are verified in Environment Reference Laboratory server. After the verification, the data are published on web site; www.havaizleme.gov.tr. In addition mobil.havaizleme.gov.tr  address is active to monitor  the stations’ measurement data. The site can be reached with the cell phones which supports internet applications.
Turkey Details
CISAZP Nationwide Information System for Environmental Pollution Data Collection and Assessments (Celostátní informační systém pro sběr a hodnocení informací o znečištění životního prostředí )
The main objective of the Nationwide Information System for Environmental Pollution Data Collection and Assessments is to comprehensively contribute (...)
The main objective of the Nationwide Information System for Environmental Pollution Data Collection and Assessments is to comprehensively contribute to environmental protection and improvement in the Czech Republic through digitalizing work and systematically acquiring and evaluating information. This is a current prerequisite for economic growth within sustainable development. The main users of the new information system will include public authorities and institutions; nevertheless, the system will also be open to the general public.

The advantages and benefits of the project are substantially higher transparency, consistency and the efficiency of relationships between businesses, public administration, the general public and the environmental sector.
The information system will include three main parts within separate project tasks: An Integrated System for Fulfilling Information Duties (ISPOP), the Environmental Helpdesk and the Geoportal.


Czech Republic Details
ENHIS The European Environment and Health Information System
ENHIS is an information system of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. It provides a quick and up to date overview on current environmental health (...)
ENHIS is an information system of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. It provides a quick and up to date overview on current environmental health (EH) situations and trends. The WHO European Region consists of 53 Member States (as of November 2010). The system builds upon the results of two consecutive projects, ENHIS and ENHIS-2, co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by WHO Regional Office for Europe (2005–2007). The system was developed in collaboration with a consortium of 22 partner institutions from 18 member states, the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the French Agency for environmental and occupational health and safety.
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