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

ICT Field 2
Information Systems, Software

Programmes assigned to this field

BIS Building the Information Society (Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti)
The national programme " Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti"  is aiming at building of the ICT framework for development and more efficient (...)
The national programme " Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti"  is aiming at building of the ICT framework for development and more efficient R& D in all research fields. The Government of the Slovak Republic approved in accordance with the priorities of the State Science and Technology Policy Resolution No.1007 of 4 September 2002 6 cross-national research and development programes by addressing research and development projects  in selected fields of research and development ensure increasing levels of selected economic and social areas.
Slovakia Details
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
SYSCOMM Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling (Systèmes Complexes et Modélisation Mathématique)
Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling (...)
Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling
France Details
  Data flow system and indicators to enhance integrated management of global environmental issues
Project Objective The main aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive data flow system and indicator model for the purpose of sustainable (...)
Project Objective
The main aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive data flow system and indicator model for the purpose of sustainable collection and management of common data related to UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNCBD convention and to implement this model through a small scale GIS-supported pilot project.

Project Strategy
A unique feature of the Project is that DFS and national indicator model will be tested via a small-scale pilot project where the thematic issues converge, within an endangered coastal (karst) habitat. The impact of coastal area vegetation fires on destruction of biodiversity, the creation of conditions for different erosion processes, and on greenhouse gas balance. The pilot project will allow corrective actions necessary for establishing the full scale DFS at the national level.
Croatia Details
UFOPLAN 2009 Environmental Research Plan 2009 (Umweltforschungsplan 2009)
Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz (...)

Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit in Form von Zuwendungen oder öffentlichen Aufträgen (Verträgen) in Wettbewerbsverfahren selbst zu vergeben.

Die betreffenden Vorhaben sind im Einzelnen in Form einer Übersicht dargestellt. Diese umfasst auch Vorhaben zur Klimaschutzinitiative des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, die vom Umweltbundesamt vergeben werden.

Interessenbekundungen können formlos, jedoch getrennt für jedes einzelne Projekt mit folgenden Angaben eingereicht werden:

  • Forschungskennzahl (FKZ),
  • Forschungsthema,
  • Fachgebietsnummer des Umweltbundesamtes,
  • Darstellung der fachlichen Kompetenz und Leistungsfähigkeit für das zu bearbeitende Forschungsthema (Referenzen, Veröffentlichungen, einschlägige Arbeiten) sowie zur personellen und technischen Kapazität,
  • Darstellung eines inhaltlichen Eigeninteresses an der Durchführung des Projekts und ggf. Höhe der finanziellen Eigenbeteiligung.

Sofern Interessenten ein Eigeninteresse an der Durchführung eines Projekts zeigen, können vom Umweltbundesamt unter Berücksichtigung der Interessenlage Zuschüsse (Zuwendungen) an die ausgewählten Projektdurchführer in einem öffentlich-rechtlichen Verfahren vergeben werden. Hierzu wird vom Zuwendungsempfänger eine finanzielle Beteiligung an den Kosten / Ausgaben in angemessenem Umfang erwartet. Eine Vielzahl von Projekten wird auch in Form von Forschungs- und Entwicklungs- oder Werkverträgen vergeben, wobei das Umweltbundesamt nur im Einzelfall die ausschließlichen Nutzungsrechte für sich beansprucht.

Germany Details
  Environmental Genomics (Environmental Genomics)
Studying genes and the environment The Environmental Genomics programme has been acquiring and exploiting sequence data for whole and partial (...)
Studying genes and the environment
The Environmental Genomics programme has been acquiring and exploiting sequence data for whole and partial genomes, helping us to understand environmental biology.
One important aim has been to demonstrate to the environmental community, in particular regulators and industry, how post-genomic technologies can be applied to tackle environmental issues.
United Kingdom Details
EMMA Environmental Mapping and Monitoring with Airborn laser and digital images (laserskanning och digitala flygbilder för miljöövervakning och vegetationskartering, såväl på land som i havet)
In the research programme EMMA, automated and semi-automated methods will be developed for aquatic and terrestrial environmental monitoring and (...)
In the research programme EMMA, automated and semi-automated methods will be developed for aquatic and terrestrial environmental monitoring and mapping, using laser scanning and digital aerial images. Major improvements for the assessment of ecosystem status are expected to be achieved through integration of the new data and in situ reference measurements. Among the applications that will be developed is the semi-automated mapping and change detection of shallow sea floors, where the laser scanner will provide depth data and data related to aquatic habitats, as well as data for calibration of the aerial photos. This would be a great advancement for making optical images of the sea bottom usable for automated classification. Other applications are semi-automated terrestrial vegetation mapping over large areas and development of methods for objective monitoring of vegetation changes, which can be of interest for monitoring the arctic tree-line ecotone, or monitoring over-growth in protected grasslands, to name a few examples.
Sweden Details
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.
Germany Details
ADD Federating Programme "Agriculture and Sustainable Development" (Programme Fédératif "Agriculture and Développement Durable")
Agriculture and Sustainable Development (...)
Agriculture and Sustainable Development
France Details
FREE Flood Risk and Extreme Events (Flood Risk and Extreme Events)
Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead. The programme uses environmental (...)
Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead.
The programme uses environmental science to investigate the physical processes involved in generating extreme events, so they can be better forecasted.
Climate change will probably bring more frequent and intense storms to the UK, in turn bringing more floods. At present, flood damage costs the UK about ú1bn each year. So it's essential we improve our ability to forecast, quantify and manage flood risks, and mitigate the effects of climate variability and change, if we're to maintain a sustainable economy. Sound environmental science must underpin our efforts.
United Kingdom Details
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Projects assigned to this field

TwoLe A Decision Support System for Water Resources Management and Planning (Un Sistema di Supporto alle Decisioni per la gestione e pianificazione della risorsa acqua)
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TwoLe is a platform of computing tools that make up a Decision Support System for managing water resources at the basin or watershed scale. According to the EU Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, this procedure must be integrated: it should use devices able to integrate the many qualitative and quantitative facets of problems distinguished by the complexity of environmental systems, as well as the variety of approaches used to solve them. The decision process, both in the planning phase and in the management phase, must be participatory: the adopted procedure counts on and formalises the involvement of stakeholders through the use of computing tools able to support participation at different levels (information, consulting, active involvement) and able to guarantee the transparency and traceability of the entire decision process. Olginate Twole is tested on two real case studies:

    * planning level (pilot application on the Lario river basin and the Adda downstream of lake Como);

    * management level (pilot application on the Verbano catchment and the Ticino downstream of the lake)

 

Italy Details
GIS-KliSchee Adaptation of Winter Sports Tourism to Climate Change and Weather Variability in German Low Mountain Ranges ( Anpassung des Wintersporttourismus in den deutschen Mittelgebirgen an Klimawandel und Witterungsvariabilität)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und (...)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und Einstrahlung unter Einsatz von Satellitenbildern das lokale Schneepotenzial zu erfassen und wahrscheinliche Änderungsszenarien, abgeleitet aus regionalen Klimamodellrechnungen, flächenscharf vorzuhalten. Die Einbindung in ein Geographisches Informationssystem (GIS) ermöglicht die Integration von Daten zu bestehenden Infrastruktureinrichtungen, ökologischen Vorranggebieten und ökonomischen Parametern, so dass ein für die räumliche Planung nutzbares Expertensystem entsteht, mit dem Investitionsentscheidungen vorbereitet werden können und – je nach Schneepotenzial – unterschiedliche Adaptionsstrategien vorgeschlagen werden.
Germany Details
ADAGE Adjoint ice flow models for Data Assimilation in Glaciology (Modèles adjoints d’écoulement de la glace pour l’assimilation de données en glaciologie)
Adjoint ice flow models for Data Assimilation in Glaciology. By gaining and loosing mass, glaciers and ice-sheets play a key role in the sea level (...)
Adjoint ice flow models for Data Assimilation in Glaciology. By gaining and loosing mass, glaciers and ice-sheets play a key role in the sea level evolution. This is obvious when considering the past 2000 years, for example, as the collapse of the large northern hemisphere ice-sheets after the Last Glacial Maximum contributed to a 120 m rise in sea level. This is particularly worrying when the future is considered. Indeed, recent observations clearly indicates that important changes in the velocity structure of both Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets are occurring, suggesting that large and irreversible changes may have been initiated. This has been clearly emphasized in the last report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007). IPCC has further insisted on the poor current knowledge of the key processes at the root of the observed accelerations and finally concluded that reliable projections of sea-level rise (SLR) are currently unavailable.
The general aim of this project is to develop data assimilation methods related to ice flow modelling purpose, in order to provide accurate and reliable estimate of the future contribution of ice-sheets to SLR.
France 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
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
BECC Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate
BECC is a strategic research initiative that strives for a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and land use decisions on (...)

BECC is a strategic research initiative that strives for a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and land use decisions on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, addressing the consequences of ecosystem changes for human beings and socio-economic systems. The vision of BECC is to evolve interdisciplinary research approaches that contribute to the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.
 

BECC aims to:

  • Assess climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Sweden, with a particular focus on forest, agricultural and subarctic ecosystems, but also including aquatic systems that are affected by runoff from forest and farmland.
  • Support regional, national and international policymakers through the scientific evaluation of policy options combining adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
  • Create synergies and added value to the climate impacts research at Lund University and University of Gothenburg by bringing together modelling, empirical ecology, economics and social science analysis, and by integrating stakeholder experience in the research process.

 

Sweden Details
CALIOPE CALIOPE - Air quality forecasting system for Spain (CALIOPE- Sistema de pronóstico de la calidad del aire opertaivo para España)
This project aims to implement simulations forecasting (up to 48 hours) of air quality through an integrated system of models that represent the (...)
This project aims to implement simulations forecasting (up to 48 hours) of air quality through an integrated system of models that represent the current state of knowledge in air quality modeling, enabling the application of simulations of photochemical gaseous pollutants and particulate matter with high spatial resolution (1 to 4 km) and temporal (and therefore enable effective implementation of supercomputing infrastructure.) The proposed system consists of a model system with three basic modules: (1) mesoscale meteorological model, (2) emission model, and (3) air quality model. The system will be complemented by a fourth module to validate the results of the predictions that will qualitatively and quantitatively identify the system's ability to forecast pollution episodes air quality.
Spain 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
CITEAIR, CITEAIR II Common Information to European Air
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic (...)
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic growth or recession and structure of the population are factors that have an immediate impact on transport and mobility patterns. Cities and regions are the place where the most complex challenges in transport and environment need to be solved.

Air quality has unquestionably adverse effects on human health. Because the dominant source of environmental impacts in most urban areas is traffic, local and regional authorities must find efficient and integrated solutions for their environmental and traffic problems to increase the quality of life for its citizens. The pressure on European cities and regions to implement the related EU regulations on air quality has led to a multitude of initiatives to develop a concrete sustainability perspective, which compromises between environmental quality and economic growth.

However, the absence of a common approach for the implementation of these regulations has led to isolated solutions which requires an initiative for a) developing better solutions, b) more efficient solutions, c) solutions which go beyond the obligations of the related EU directives, d) creating synergies and e) sharing the know-how, knowledge and experiences.


Germany Details
  Computational Methods for Quality & Utilization of Models & Data
Utilisation of computer models and digital data, and establishing mechanisms assuring their quality are essential for research at PIK. Concerning (...)

Utilisation of computer models and digital data, and establishing mechanisms assuring their quality are essential for research at PIK. Concerning this matter, the group aims in close cooperation with the other Research Domains and PIK-IT at the development of concepts and the implementation of computational methods.

The following interrelated focal points are addressed by the group. They are of significant and continuous relevance to sustain PIK’s research process.

  • Integrated data utilisation aims at integrated and flexible utilisation of available, yet considerably heterogeneous data. General and extensible data frameworks are designed and developed that provide standardised and integrated access to data resources and data transformation and processing functionality.
  • Data quality analysis is approached by systematic quality investigations. The base idea is to generally systemise quality measures, adapt them to specific disciplines and provide a set of strongly linked statistical and visualisation methods.
  • Analysis of model sensitivity and uncertainty to fluctuations in a model’s input space is a key technique for model evaluation and quality assurance. Methods to generate efficient deterministic and probabilistic experimentation plans and to analyse multi-run experiments are identified and implemented.
  • Sustainability and assurance of model quality by software engineering addresses source code quality maintenance, testing and debugging in a transdisciplinary research environment by modern software engineering methods like code analysis, refactoring and automatic documentation for large legacy model codes.
  • A cross-cutting focus is the adaptation and development of visualisation methods including exploration methods for large-volume and multivariate datasets and comparative approaches for scenario / experiment analyses.

The overall approach is to bridge the gap between domain experts and/or decision makers and available information technologies. Problem analysis is carried out in close co-operation with domain experts to systematically identify requirements and match them with IT methods and software solutions. State-of-the-art technologies, concepts and methods are integrated / provided / adapted / enhanced for research processes. New concepts and methods are developed together with external research partners to meet PIK-specific requirements. The group builds on its expertise in a number of common base technologies, including simulation, data bases / warehouses, compute and storage grid, parallelisation, human-computer interaction, visual and statistical data analysis, software engineering and code analysis.

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