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ICT Field 2.1
Databases, Database Management, Data Mining

Programmes assigned to this field

  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
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
PEI GAUSS - PhD Programme for Environmental Informatics (GAUSS - Promotionsprogramm für Umweltinformatik)
Die Umweltinformatik wird hier in umfassendem Sinne als integratives Fach aus Bio-, Öko-, Geoinformatik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen verstanden, (...)

Die Umweltinformatik wird hier in umfassendem Sinne als integratives Fach aus Bio-, Öko-, Geoinformatik und Wissenschaftliches Rechnen verstanden, die jede für sich Objekte, Strukturen, regulatorische Netzwerke, Prozesse (Signale, Stoff- und Informationsflüsse) u.ä. auf verschiedenen Skalen- und Integrationsniveaus mit Informatikwerkzeugen studieren und modellieren. Unter dem Dach der Umweltinformatik sollte der Wissenstransfer und die systemorientierte Integration über Skalenstufen der raumbezogenen Bio-, Öko- und Umweltsysteme mittels moderner Informatik Methoden und Technologien gefördert und verbessert werden. Durch die Etablierung des Master- und Promotionsprogramms in Umweltinformatik, eingebettet in GAUSS und in die Forschungslandschaft Göttingen, wird auch diesem wichtigen Integrationsansatz auf Systemebene durch eine effiziente akademische und bildungsbezogene Maßnahme Rechnung getragen. Die exzellente biologische, ökosystemare, umweltbezogene und mathematische Forschung in Göttingen erfordert die Etablierung eines entsprechenden integrativen Master- und Promotionsprogramms in Umweltinformatik, aus dem wichtige innovative wissenschaftliche Impulse und Beiträge erwartet werden.

Unter der Federführung der Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik und unter Beteiligung der Fakultäten für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie, für Biologie und für Geowissenschaften und Geographie, ist das Programm für Umweltinformatik (PEI) Bestandteil der "Georg-August University School of Science", Acronym: GAUSS und der im Aufbau befindlichen "Göttingen Graduate School of Terrestical Ecosystems", Acronym GGTE.

 
Germany Details
  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.
Slovenia Details
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.
Germany Details
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.
Germany Details
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.
Italy Details
RPV MŽP - SP4 Land monitoring and the assessment tools (SP4 - Pozorování Zeme a nástroje pro posuzování)
The fourth research sub programme of the  Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the following (...)
The fourth research sub programme of the  Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic (MoE) addresses the following issues: 
SP4h - Optimization of information including research applications for higher efficiency and
general availability of information
SP4i - Methods and tools for predicting and assessment, including modeling of socio-economic aspects of the sustainable development.

The sub programme objectives are:
- Develop a policies effectiveness evaluation methodology based on the principle of sustainable development.
- Develop proposals for tools and methodologies for digitalization of the maps
and information on the environment and finalize the integrated database of old
damage sites (contaminated areas and others).
- Create a new information structure within the scope of the environmental sector including
integrated entrance to information.
- Develop proposals for the updated model for lifelong learning education in environmental fields.
- Identify, measure and assess effectivity of public funds to the evironment protection..
- Create a system of indicators for evaluating the links between environment,
economy and society.
- The economically recycle used and selected secondary materials.
- Effective regeneration of old industrial regions.

The sub programme wins:
- Evaluation of policies according to the principle of sustainable development.
- Local maps with data on the environment in the network.
- Completion of an integrated database of old damage sites.
- Easy access to electronic sources of information on environmental and upgrading information infrastructure, including the implementation of model management
with knowledge of the real-life environment management information processes.
- Higher transparency in public spending on environmental protection.
- Continuous monitoring of the development exact environment in CR.
- Increase efficiency use of secondary raw materials.
- New possibilities of regeneration of old industrial region.
Czech Republic Details
LWEC Living With Environmental Change (Living With Environmental Change)
New science and research for a secure future Our planet faces unprecedented change. If we continue on our current path, by the end of this century, (...)
New science and research for a secure future
Our planet faces unprecedented change. If we continue on our current path, by the end of this century, or earlier, our environment will be in a state that modern humans have never experienced. In parts of the world, supplies of food and water will be at risk and flood defences stretched.
United Kingdom Details
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.
United Kingdom Details
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Projects assigned to this field

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
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
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
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
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.

Spain Details
Well Field Optimisation Integration of modelling, monitoring and optimisation technologies for real-time management of groundwater resources (Integration af modelering, overvågning og optimisering teknoligier for real-time styring af grundvandsressourcer)
There is an urgent need for sustainable and efficient exploitation of the groundwater resources of the world in order to ensure high quality drinking (...)
There is an urgent need for sustainable and efficient exploitation of the groundwater resources of the world in order to ensure high quality drinking water in the future.


Well field optimisation puts focus on optimising the operation of well fields to meet the following criteria:

  • High water supply liability
  • High water quality
  • Low energy consumption
  • Low environmental impact
Denmark 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
Nuh'un Gemisi National Noah’s Arc Biodiversity Database (Nuh’un Gemisi Biyolojik Çeşitlilik Veritabanı)
 ‘Nuh’un Gemisi’ Biodiversity Database (www.nuhungemisi.gov.tr) is a national public internet based biodiversity database which store Turkey’s (...)
 ‘Nuh’un Gemisi’ Biodiversity Database (www.nuhungemisi.gov.tr) is a national public internet based biodiversity database which store Turkey’s biogeography species observation records. The database was put into use by 18th October 2007. National Bio-Diversity Database (Noah’s Ark) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry- Unit for Bio-Diversity Monitoring includes data on especially mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, some invertebrates, and state, availability, existence tendencies, fertility, wintering states, distributions and habitats of these species, plant species and distribution and borders, statutes and habitats of protected areas. Besides it is the database where some indicator types are represented with the purpose of monitoring bio-diversity of the country.

 

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.


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