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Nº 11 / SAESCTN / 2009 2009 Call for R&D Projects in Digital Media (SISTEMA DE APOIO A ENTIDADES DO SISTEMA CIENTÍFICO E TECNOLÓGICO NACIONAL (SAESCTN))
Terms of Reference for the Call for Research and Development Projects UT Austin-Portugal Program International Collaboratory for Emerging (...)

Terms of Reference for the Call for Research and Development Projects


UT Austin-Portugal Program

International Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab


ABSTRACT

This document provides relevant information to the Call for Research and Development Projects for the UT Austin | Portugal Program , issued by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

1 – Project Areas

In the Framework of the “International Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab”, UT Austin|Portugal Program, the Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT, opens a call for the funding of Joint Research and Development Projects in the subject areas specified below by the Program and announced in the website www.utaustinportugal.org . The call is directed to integrated teams of specialists and researchers in areas related to Digital Media, and supports two types of projects, Exploratory and Strategic. Researchers from the areas of computer science and mathematics with interests in the target areas are encouraged to prepare proposals with media researchers. In assembling a proposal, applicants should note the need to include members from multiple universities (including the University of Texas at Austin). We also encourage applicants to carefully develop their proposals in accordance with the outlines below. For the purposes of coordinating with University of Texas personnel, videoconferencing facilities are available.

Type 1 - Exploratory R&D Projects interactive and Advanced Digital Media

This call for Research and Development projects encourages the submission of high risk, exploratory research projects in interactive and advanced Digital Media, bringing together new research ideas and experts working in various related areas. These smaller projects are of more limited duration (see below), and should emphasize graduate student involvement. Proposed research areas include (but are not limited to):

- Environmental music;

- Digital imaging techniques and applications;

- Generative art and its applications;

- Data visualization;

- Strategic uses of digital media in social and/or cultural contexts;

- Contextual and content-driven use of digital interfaces;

- Behavioral analysis based on sensor networks and location-based data;

- Human-computer partnerships and their outcomes for creating new knowledge, new models of research and analysis, and new forms of culture;

- Molecular electronics and digital media;

- Multi-sensorial displays;

- Interfaces using new display technologies;

- Real time video simulations;

- Online video editing;

- Interactive info-graphics;

- Unlimited video archiving;

- Regeneration/repurposing of old media for new purposes;

- Balance between trust and privacy.

· Type 2 - Strategic Research and development projects in Interactive and Advanced Digital Media

This second category of R&D projects is open to the submission of research work oriented towards three strategic areas of CoLab. The three areas include:

- The Future of Television;

- The Future of News;

- Interactive Media Environments / Serious Games.

In each area only the highest quality and most comprehensive project(s) will be approved. Projects must involve at least two distinct research groups in Portugal, include the participation of PhD students, and close collaboration with at least one other research group at The University of Texas at Austin and, if appropriate, a relevant company. The participation of industry is optional, although it would be preferable to include a related industry operating in Portugal or in Austin, (and preferably an industry affiliate of the UT-Portugal program). All projects must address sustainability issues. Research approaches that use data visualization and imaging are encouraged.

The Future of Television – Proposals should address research topics that reflect and reach beyond the current state of digital media and the directions in which the television industry is heading. As the environments of “screens” that make video content available to users in daily life multiply, the notion of television and its industrial forms is evolving. Possible research areas may include: the evolving technological infrastructure and best practices in networked production; consumer behavior and attitudes with “new” media forms; adoption and penetration rates of key technologies in the production and distribution environments and models for gathering future data; new formats/interfaces/distribution platforms; possible roles for Internet-based distribution models; business and economic performance indicators in new platform environments; and reaching and engaging audiences/users in new ways. Visualization and imaging techniques for working with relevant data may represent one avenue of investigation.

The Future of News - Proposals should address research topics in areas relevant to the evolution of news. As with television, models for news creation, circulation and distribution, and consumption are changing rapidly. If news is to maintain its currency for democracy and public life, new models for business, news/information creation and distribution must emerge that meaningfully intersect news consumption patterns. Possible research topics might include: New tools for news production; collaborative news production; data mining (in archives, the Internet and user behavior); archiving and information management for news purposes; novel methodologies for managing large datasets (for example, with compressive sampling); automatic tools for handling news in multiple formats (text, audio and video); advertising; using infography in news; the role of social networks in news creation and circulation; how business models can adjust to new consumer behavior in information/news acquisition.

Research questions may include some of the following: How do users collectively create and filter the stream of news information? What problems (cognitive, search and retrieval, etc.) do they face? What is the relationship between journalism as a profession and the growing contributions from blogs and other informal news sources? What new challenges do collective modes of news production create and which strategies might meet those challenges? How will technology-driven changes in advertising markets reshape the news media landscape? How might new tools for visualizing and artfully presenting large data sets reduce the need for human intermediaries between facts and news consumers? What new kinds of questions can professional journalists ask and answer using digital technologies? Which new business models are appropriate for the news industry, and what are their strengths and weaknesses? What is the nature and impact of viral distribution patterns? How has news consumption changed over the past five years, and why? Visualization and imaging techniques for working with relevant data may represent one avenue of investigation.

Interactive media environments / Serious Games - Proposals should address research topics on the technologies and forms of application of interactive media environments / serious games, particularly in education and culture. Topics may include areas such as 3D, mobility, location-awareness, massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), interactive boards, game strategies and paradigms for user-defined games for culture and education. New ways to use and think about computer-based tools as well as emerging social (individual and group or collective) behaviors may figure into research in this domain. This program area also seeks research on collaborative knowledge building in interactive environments. Demonstrations of serious games for educational purposes may represent one fruitful avenue for investigation. Emerging technologies (hardware, software) that enhance or extend new qualities of interactivity also may be supported. Human-computer partnerships and their outcomes for creating new knowledge, new models of research and analysis, and new forms of culture may represent an exciting research domain. Data visualization and imaging approaches or inquiries may be integrated into significant questions in this domain.

2 - PARTICIPATING ENTITIES

For Exploratory Projects : The Principal Investigator should hold a PhD degree and the proposed research must involve at least two distinct research groups in Portugal and collaboration with a research team(s) at The University of Texas at Austin. The proposed research project must include young researchers in Portugal, preferably with PhD students associated with the UT Austin-Portugal Program. Participation of researchers working across multiple disciplinary approaches is encouraged. Faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin must be involved in the development of research proposals.

For Strategic Projects : Applications must come from projects with two or more research teams of public or private national institutions in Portugal, together with a research team from The University of Texas at Austin and must have the participation of PhD students. The participation of companies is encouraged, especially companies working in Portugal or/and in Austin, and preferably industrial affiliates of the UT Austin|Portugal Program. The Principal Investigator should hold a PhD degree. The proposed research project should include young researchers in Portugal, preferably PhD students associated with the UT Austin|Portugal Program. Faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin are expected to be involved in the development of research proposals. All projects should have a sustainability plan.

3 – ELEMENTS OF THE PROPOSAL

The research proposal must include a literature review that highlights the contemporary state of the research in the proposed area, indicate the positioning of the proposed project in the current research domain, and include explicit statements regarding how the proposed project will contribute to knowledge. The proposal should include specific research questions and provide indicators of the intended outcomes of the research (How would one know if the research was successful? What is a reasonable number of expected publications?). The proposal must contain a detailed research design and/or methodology indicating how the research will be carried out. A procedure for assessing the outcome (an evaluation, for example) should be included.

Pre-proposals are welcome but are limited to three pages in length. Pre-proposals will be accorded special attention and feedback provided to improve the likelihood of research proposal acceptance. Pre-proposals are due no later than 15 of October 2009. It is expected that proposal preparation will occur with intensive participation from research teams across universities. As noted above, videoconferencing may aid in the planning process.

4 - FUNDING

FCT’s public funding will cover human resources, funding for missions, general spending and equipment expenditures. Special relevance will be given in projects that include private co-funding.

The projects are funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES).

Exploratory

The expected duration of each project should be between 12 and 24 months and the budget for each project in Portugal should not exceed 50K€. Funding for The University of Texas at Austin’s faculty members will be provided through CoLab at The University of Texas at Austin and is primarily designed to fund graduate student assistance alongside some ancillary (e.g., travel) costs.

Strategic

The expected duration of each project should be between 18 and 24 months and the budget for each project in Portugal should not exceed 250K€, for The Future of Television, The Future of News and Interactive Media Environments/Serious Games areas. Large capital costs will not be approved.

Funding for The University of Texas at Austin’s faculty members will be provided through CoLab at The University of Texas at Austin and is primarily designed to fund faculty participation and graduate student assistance alongside some ancillary (e.g., travel) costs .

Regulations governing access to funding are available at:

http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/projectos/regulamento

5 – APPLICATIONS SUBMISION

The call will be open from September 7th 2009 (9:00 am, GMT+0), until December 11th 2009 at 17:00pm (Portuguese time).

Applications should be submitted electronically (in English) at the website http://concursos.fct.mctes.pt/projectos , starting on September 7th 2009 .

No other forms of submission will be accepted.

6 – EVALUATION AND SELECTION METHODOLOGY

All teams will have their proposals screened by the UT Austin team coordinators with help of external referees appointed by them.

The evaluation and selection process is based on the following criterion:

· The project’s relevance with the subjects defined for each area;

· Scientific merit, relevance, originality and expected results of the proposed project;

· Scientific merit and productivity of the research teams and their qualifications to execute the project;

· Ability to execute the work plan and within a reasonable budget and timeline;

· Ability to integrate the Portuguese research centers, (particularly PH.D. students), and/or involve companies.

Special consideration will be given to the following aspects:

- Involvement of undergraduate and graduate researchers in training;

- Consortia spanning two or more Portuguese universities or R&D institutions;

- Funding and participation from industrial partners.

No applications will be accepted from coordinators that are in a situation of unjustified unfulfillment of the requirements with the FCT, regarding the presentation of the Report for the Project’s execution and the return of unspent money.

7 – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The application forms and call regulations (in Portuguese) are available online, during the period of the call in http://www.fct.mctes.pt/projectos/concursos .

For more information on this call, please visit the Program’s official website ( www.utaustinportugal.org ) or send your questions to the directors of your interest areas: dm.colab@fct.mctes.pt (for Digital Media).

Portugal Details
APPRAISE Aerosol Properties, Processes And Influences on the Earth's climate (Aerosol Properties, Processes And Influences on the Earth's climate)
Core Objectives To achieve its overall objectives, add value to the consortia activities and provide a strategic vision for aerosols research, (...)
Core Objectives
To achieve its overall objectives, add value to the consortia activities and provide a strategic vision for aerosols research, APPRAISE will seek to fund several key scientific areas that provide underpinning science to the programme. The activities have been targeted such that they will facilitate and assist more than one of the consortia. Details of the rationale and targets of each of these areas can be found in Appendix 2 of the Science Plan (see Resources).
The key objectives of the elements of the core programme are outlined below:
Formation Pathways and Properties of Organic Aerosols
Main deliverables:
An improved description of secondary organic aerosol production
A framework for assessing its role in the behaviour of mixed component aerosol
Improved Representation and Validation of the Radiative Properties and Impacts of Aerosols and Clouds
Main deliverables:
A community radiative transfer model that can be both simplified or made more complex and so be incorporated into a wide range of aerosol models, and an assessment of the quality of the required inputs.
Provision of aerosol optical depth, size distribution and refractive index such as is already available from the development/enhancement of existing sunphotometer measurements in the UK.
A database of aerosol products including aerosol optical depth, aerosol Angstrom coefficients, aerosol size distributions, and single scattering albedo, and similar products for specific FAAM aircraft operations/dedicated aerosol measurement campaigns.
Development of a Global Model to Investigate Key Aerosol and Cloud Processes
Main deliverables:
A global aerosol model that is capable of (i) carrying the main aerosol types, (ii) deal with complex mixing states and (iii) act as a key stage in the hierarchical testing of aerosol processes in APPRAISE.
Coordination of the development of the hierarchical model development, interfacing with other modelling effort in the UK.
Improved Coupling of In Situ Cloud Measurements with Novel Model Schemes
Main deliverables:
Improved treatment of cloud/aerosol interactions in cloud resolving models including explicit aerosol and cloud microphysics that is based on an improved knowledge of the interaction of clouds and aerosol especially mixed phase clouds
United Kingdom Details
A3plus Alternative Propulsion Systems and Fuels (Alternative Antriebssysteme und Treibstoffe )
The Austrian impulse programme A3plus is striving to make the transport of the future significantly more energy-efficient and more environmentally (...)

The Austrian impulse programme A3plus is striving to make the transport of the future significantly more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly by promoting research and development in the field of innovative propulsion technologies and alternative fuels.
Ground-breaking key innovations should trigger technological leaps paving the way to entirely new propulsion concepts with previously unachievable levels of consumption and emissions for surface transport.

Source: http://www.bmvit.gv.at/en/innovation/mobility/a3plus.html

Austria Details
ACES Antarctic Climate and Earth Systems (Antarctic Climate and Earth Systems)
Objectives: Understand the interactions between atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean at high southern latitudes Develop models to aid our understanding (...)
Objectives:
Understand the interactions between atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean at high southern latitudes
Develop models to aid our understanding of Antarctic regional processes and enable us to represent essential regional phenomena in global models covering both the atmosphere and the ocean
Determine the nature and influence of the principal connections between Antarctica and the global climate system
Determine the importance of water masses of Antarctic origin in the global ocean circulation
Determine the sensitivity of the global climate system to processes occurring or originating in the Antarctic
United Kingdom Details
FCT-MCTES projects Call for Proposals for Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects in all Scientific Domains, Science and Technology Foundation (Concurso de Projectos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico em todos os Domínios Científicos, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
The Portuguese government’s science and technology policy considers growth, reinforcement and consolidation of the Sistema Científico e Tecnológico (...)
The Portuguese government’s science and technology policy considers growth, reinforcement and consolidation of the Sistema Científico e Tecnológico Nacional (SCTN) to be a national priority in order to make the system more competitive, both within the country and internationally, and to facilitate articulation between centers of knowledge and business. In this framework, fostering and strengthening the capabilities of scientific and technological institutions by enabling research teams at these institutions to participate in scientific research and technological development (SR&TD) projects in all scientific fields is deemed particularly important.Foundation
Portugal Details
MONTABIO Complex monitoring system for analytical detection and biological evaluation of soil micropollutants for a sustainable environment (Komplex monitoring rendszer összeállítása talaj-mikroszennyezők analitikai kimutatására és biológiai értékelésére a fenntartható környezetért)
The objective of this project is to develop a soil contamination monitoring system capable of complex survey of typical soil contaminants using (...)
The objective of this project is to develop a soil contamination monitoring system capable of complex survey of typical soil contaminants using up-to-date sampling and measurement techniques, and therefore, eliminating environmental protection and environmental analytical limitations due to the agricultural focus of the presently functioning Soil Protection and Monitoring Information System.
Hungary Details
KEWA Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen)
KEWA R&D Project Cooperative development of economic applications for the environment, transport, and adjacent fields in new administrative (...)

KEWA R&D Project
Cooperative development of economic applications for the environment, transport, and adjacent fields in new administrative structures.

Phase I – 2005 / 2006, see KEWA I
Phase II – 2006 / 2007, see KEWA II
Phase III – 2007 / 2008, see KEWA III
Phase IV – 2008 / 2009, see KEWA IV
Phase V  - 2009 / 2010, see KEWA V
Phase VI  - 2010 / 2011, see KEWA VI

A modern public administration also has to be economically efficient. The quality of IT use and online supply of administrative services are location factors. Consequently, the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal states, and municipalities have agreed on the pan-German e-government strategy “Deutschland-Online”. The environmental information system Baden-Württemberg has been providing information services relating to the environment on the internet for ten years already. With its portals to environmental and geological expert data of the state, the environmental information system decisively contributes to meeting the requirements outlined in the State Environmental Information Act.

By the further development of the service-oriented architecture to a standardized web service infrastructure, individual selection and access functions are integrated flexibly in environments on the internet and state intranet. Employees of the environmental administration and interested citizens are granted access to web offers specially tailored to these target groups. Knowledge of the local and specific responsibilities of the authorities is not required. In this way, environmental information can be collected specifically via the e-government’s online services.

Together with other customers, Baden-Württemberg started the R&D project KEWA (Cooperative Development of Economic Applications for the Environment and Transport in New Administrative Structures) in 2005.

 Quelle: R. Mayer-Föll, A. Keitel, W. Geiger (Hrsg.); F+E-Vorhaben KEWA, Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendung für Umwelt und Verkehr in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase I 2005/06, Wissenschaftliche Berichte FZKA 7250, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH.

Dokument: kewa1-gesamt-druck.pdf
URL:  http://www.fachdokumente.lubw.baden-wuerttemberg.de

Germany Details
KEWA III Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Phase III) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase III)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
Germany Details
KEWA IV Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Phase IV) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase IV)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
Germany Details
KEWA VI Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Phase VI) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase VI)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
Germany Details
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Projects assigned to this field

ALARM Adaptive Solutions in active technical Support of Saving Human Life (ALARM - Adaptive Lösungsplattform zur Aktiven technischen Unterstützung beim Retten von Menschenleben )
To confront the scarcity of personal and material which is characteristic for disaster situations, a comprehensive data acquisition and utilisation (...)
To confront the scarcity of personal and material which is characteristic for disaster situations, a comprehensive data acquisition and utilisation concept will be developed.

Germany Details
ADRICOSM-STAR ADRICOSM integrated river basin and coastal zone management system: Montenegro coaSTal ARea and Bojana river catchment
  The ADRICOSM Partnership was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in (...)
 
The ADRICOSM Partnership was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in September 2002, after the Italian Ministry of Territory, Land and Sea had launched ADRICOSM Pilot Project October 2001, within the Adriatic Ionian Initiative
The Partnership aims are:
•efficiently organize, evaluate and coordinate multinational research, development and implementation programs, which can advance the understanding, monitoring and predictive capabilities in the Adriatic Sea area for the establishment of integrated coastal areas and river basin management systems
•consolidate the monitoring and prediction system by involving a large range of intermediate and end users of the research products.
Beside ADRICOSM Pilot Project, 4 more projects have been funded within this framework, and the last of them is ADRICOSM-STAR, within which an Information Management System – the Adricosm-Star GeoPortal - has been implemented in order to
•provide basic services to ADRICOSM STAR partners and users (such as data exchange, data discovery, data viewing, etc..)
•highlight partners products and services through dedicated products’ catalogues
•start the implementation of an INSPIRE compliant Information System (based on discovery service, viewing service, downloading service, transformation service).
 
Italy 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
BodenseeOnline BodenseeOnline - Online Information System for the Management of Lakes using the Example of Lake of Constance (BodenseeOnline - Online Informationssystem für das Management von Seen am Beispiel des Bodensees)
With Lake Constance being used as an example (Upper Lake, i.e. main basin and Lake Überlingen), an online information system is being developed for (...)
With Lake Constance being used as an example (Upper Lake, i.e. main basin and Lake Überlingen), an online information system is being developed for the management of lakes and for the support of water management decisions relating to integrated water protection and accident prevention. The online information system describes, quantifies, and predicts anthropogenic impacts with the help of numerical models.

Source: http://www.bodenseeonline.de/

Germany Details
SPII1A0/45/07 Complex interaction between natural processes and industry with regards to major accident prevention (Komplexní interakce mezi přírodními ději a průmyslem s ohledem na prevenci závažných havárií a krizové řízení)
The project is implemented within the frame of the Research Programme Ministry of Environment for years 2007-2011. The goal of the Research Programme (...)
The project is implemented within the frame of the Research Programme Ministry of Environment for years 2007-2011. The goal of the Research Programme Ministry of Environment is to ensure protection of the environment by means of sustainable use of sources, on the basis of improving the quality of knowledge on interactions of biosphere, ecosystems, and human activities, in particular on the territory of the Czech Republic. The emphasis is put on predicting climate changes, on instruments and technologies for monitoring, prevention, and mitigation of environmental pressures and risks including health risks, as well as on protection of natural and artificial environment.
Czech Republic Details
MOEBIUS Conceptiual Design and Development of open-source based Applications for the Acquisition of environmental Informations via Mobile Computing as Data Source for Operative Environmental Information Systems (Konzeption und Entwicklung open-source basierender Anwendungen zur Erfassung umweltrelevanter Informationen via Mobile Computing als Datenquelle für Betriebliche Umweltinformationssysteme (MOEBIUS) )
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur (...)
Bei der im Rahmen des Umweltmanagements bzw. Stoffstrommanagements notwendigen Analyse von Daten, die zur Aufdeckung von Schwachstellen bzw. zur Generierung und Planung von Maßnahmen im Rahmen des kontinuierlichen Verbesserungsprozesses notwendig sind, findet häufig ein sog. Medienbruch statt. Dies bedeutet, dass umweltrelevante Daten für die Durchführung des Stoffstrommanagements bzw. Umweltmanagements teilweise erst händisch auf nicht digitalen Medien (z.B. auf Papier) im Rahmen einer Produktionsbegehung erfasst werden, um dann anschließend in IT-Systeme übertragen werden zu müssen, damit diese Daten in sog. Betrieblichen Umweltinformationssystemen (BUIS) analysiert und für die Ableitung von betrieblichen Umweltschutzmaßnahmen genutzt werden können. Teilweise sind diese umweltrelevanten Informationen über Input- und Outputströme an einer Maschine insbesondere in KMUs noch nicht einmal bekannt bzw. es ist nur im Groben bekannt, welchen Weg einzelne Stoffströme in einem Betrieb durchlaufen (z.B. in einer Abfallbehandlungsanlage). Diese Problematik verschärft sich häufig noch, wenn man spezielle Stoffströme wie Wasser, Wasserdampf oder Energie betrachtet. Zu Erfassung dieser Ströme gibt es häufig Zähler, die aber manuell abgelesen werden müssen. Das regelmäßige Ablesen der Zählerstände wird meist noch per Zettel und Bleistift durchgeführt.

Das Projekt MOEBIUS wird gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) unter der Fördernummer 17N2109
Germany Details
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
  Development of Multifunctional Materials Heterostructures for Hydrogen Fuel Cells
 Changes of microstructure, phase composition and surface morphology to be investigated, surface topography analyzed. Coupling processes (...)
 Changes of microstructure, phase composition and surface morphology to be investigated, surface topography analyzed. Coupling processes occurring  to be registered and correlated with hydrogenation properties. Impact of surface to be analyzed.
Lithuania Details
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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FIRE PARADOX FIRE PARADOX - An innovative and integrated approach to wildland fire management (FIRE PARADOX)
Fire risk in the Mediterranean is increased exponentially as a result of fuel accumulation in the landscape because of land abandonment and the (...)
Fire risk in the Mediterranean is increased exponentially as a result of fuel accumulation in the landscape because of land abandonment and the implementation of fire exclusion policies. The project will have a significant impact on European forestry policy in general.

The systematic implementation of global fire exclusion in Europe, followed North America in the realization that this policy resulted in an increase in fire risk as a result of protected, accumulating, biomass.

Based on the experience of a few prescribed burning practitioners and the result of fire-ecological research conducted in the past, the key-objective of this project is to develop new fire management policies adapted for European-use, to reduce forest fire risk. The vision of Fire Paradox participants will be (through their R&D contribution) to develop concrete and operation-viable solutions to the fire problem with regard to the social, economic and ecological impact on high intensity fires, such as the recently-experienced wildfires in Portugal, Spain and France in 2003 and 2005.
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