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 3.3
Visualisation, Virtual Reality

Programmes assigned to this field

Graduiertenkolleg 1131 Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets. Applications in Geospatial Planning, Modeling, and Engineering
The primary research goal of this IRTG is the enhancement of scientific and information visualization techniques applied to large and unstructured (...)

The primary research goal of this IRTG is the enhancement of scientific and information visualization techniques applied to large and unstructured data sets. Every visualization task is based on application data. For providing these data, we integrate applications from the domain "Geospatial Planning, Modeling, and Engineering", which produce these huge amounts of unstructured data that are of interest for the planned visualization tasks. This integration is necessary to allow a deeper understanding of the provided data due to the sharing of knowledge through the projects.
Up to now, visualization of large and structured or small and unstructured data sets is the state of the art. Large and unstructured data sets are still not very well understood, especially with respect to visualization. In order to address these questions, we define a set of projects aiming at solving these problems. In detail, we are handling visualization problems, with respect to modeling, feature detection, and comparison tasks. For doing this, both the extension of existing techniques and the development of new ones are intended.
In the application areas there is an increasing need to handle huge amounts of unstructured data. For example, nowadays environmental monitoring systems are capable of measuring data at a very high resolution and in a large number of frequency bands. On the other hand, in scaled-down earthquake laboratory experiments within a centrifuge improved sensor technology permits the measurement of an increased number of parameters at higher sampling rates. Finally, earthquake simulations produce more and more data because of more elaborate simulation techniques. All these improvements in measurement technology lead to large, high-dimensional data sets. Visualizing these data is very useful to get new insights into the problems involved.

In the application areas huge amounts of data are produced either by data from field measurements like environmental observation stations, from experiments and from simulation. The data is then visualized based on improved or newly developed visualization techniques like volume modeling, feature detection and visualization, etc.
The research objectives described above are backed by parallel analyses conducted in our partner country, the U.S. In [1] the needs for further research in the area of visualization as seen by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) are described.
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Projects assigned to this field

Digital Inclusion Digital Inclusion (Inclusão e Participação Digital)
In those societies with access to new media, concern continues to grow about the digital divide, between generations and between majority and (...)
In those societies with access to new media, concern continues to grow about the digital divide, between generations and between majority and minority social groups. In Portuguese society, this challenge presents some specific characteristics, marked by major cultural and educational differences and by the very different levels of digital literacy that distinguish the access and use of these media by adults and children. Children and youth younger than 18 year are ahead of adults in access and use, to the contrary of what happens in the majority of other European countries.

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

This project thus intends to contribute to knowledge of the critical factors that facilitate or make more difficult the access and use of digital media by social groups that are considered socially disadvantaged. With this research it will be possible to bring together indicators that will contribute to helping digital content industries reach and include segments of the market that are not yet reached by their productions; that may help design public policies for digital inclusion that will be more effective and sustainable; that may strengthen local networks and agencies, including the production of contents by the groups that have been digitally excluded until now.
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GISterm 3D Integration of 3D-Visualisations with the Environmental Information System Baden-Württemberg (Integration von 3D-Visualisierungen in das Umweltinformationssystem Baden-Württemberg)
3D visualizations are presently being used in many fields. They enhance the understanding of complex spatial relationships. Under the project (...)
3D visualizations are presently being used in many fields. They enhance the understanding of complex spatial relationships. Under the project “GISterm 3D” (project duration 2000 – 2006), components for the implementation of environmentally related 3D visualizations were developed for the Baden-Württemberg environmental information system and applied in connection with WAABIS.

The developments generated under the project were documented in the annual reports of the AJA project. In the last phases of the project “Further development of the GISterm 3D service and of GeoPro3D for the groundwater database of WAABIS”, the GISterm 3D system was optimized by ordering and consolidating its individual modules. In addition, a general data model was derived and can now be used for the implementation of various 3D visualizations. It is possible to address the data model via a text representation and, thus, to ensure general usability.

The report describes the overall concept of the GISterm 3D visualization system developed in the past years. The system consists of various layers developed in several phases. Development activities started with general functions for the generation of 3D visualizations. The system was extended by application-related functions and, in parallel, concrete environmentally related 3D visualization applications were realized. Then, the system was structured and the functions were abstracted to allow for future maintenance, update, and further development by third parties. In addition, the report gives an outlook on further possibilities of using the system.

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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.
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