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 3.2
Information Filtering, Semantics, Statistics

Programmes assigned to this field

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
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
PHOENIX Regional Project Centre PHOENIX (Regional Project Centre PHOENIX)
In May 2005, the European Forest Institute (EFI) approved the creation of the Regional Project Centre PHOENIX (2005-2009) on "Fire Ecology and (...)
In May 2005, the European Forest Institute (EFI) approved the creation of the Regional Project Centre PHOENIX (2005-2009) on "Fire Ecology and Post-Fire Management", a consortium of EFI member institutions and other relevant partners carrying out specific research on fire ecology and post-fire management.
Portugal Details
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.
Germany Details

Projects assigned to this field

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
IRVA FIRES IN SLASHES ORIGINATED BY THINNING TREATMENTS (INCENDI DE RESTES VEGETALS D'ACLARIDA)
 The purpose of this project is to determine whether the slashes originated by thinning treatments of white pine regenerated forests may (...)
 The purpose of this project is to determine whether the slashes originated by thinning treatments of white pine regenerated forests may represent an increase of wildfire risk. Modeling and simulation of wildfires will be used.
Spain Details
AQMS National Air Quality Monitoring System (Ulusal Hava Kalitesi İzleme Ağı )
 In 2004, MoEF contracted for establishment of air quality measurement stations in 36 provinces. (completed in 2005) In 2006 a second contract (...)
 In 2004, MoEF contracted for establishment of air quality measurement stations in 36 provinces. (completed in 2005)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Czech Republic Details

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