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ICT Field 2.2
Data Processing / Data Interchange

Programmes assigned to this field

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
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MIMI Assesment, analysis and modeling of environmental sustainability of buildings life cycle
  4. Natural Sciences and Engineering 4.15. Construction and Municipal Engineering T230 (...)
 
4. Natural Sciences and Engineering 4.15. Construction and Municipal Engineering T230 Building construction 2.1. Civil engineering (architecture engineering, building science and engineering, construction engineering, municipal and structural engineering and other allied subjects)
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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.
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SYSCOMM Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling (Systèmes Complexes et Modélisation Mathématique)
Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling (...)
Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling
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MiKlip Decadal Climate Prediction (Mittelfristige Klimaprognosen (MiKlip))
The objective of the proposed funding measure is to develop a model system for forecasting the expected climate changes and its related extreme (...)
The objective of the proposed funding measure is to develop a model system for forecasting the expected climate changes and its related extreme weather phenomena on a time scale of up to ten years with consideration of both, anthropogenically induced changes and natural climate variation. In technical terms, methods of seasonal forecasting must be combined with climate projection methods.

Apart from short-term forecasting on the one hand and long-term climate scenarios on the other hand, there is an increasing need for reliable climate information covering periods of several years up to even decades, because economic planning and also planning in politics and society usually refer to periods of around ten years. The model system that is to be developed within the framework of this funding measure is expected to contribute to the generation of reliable information on the climate development on these time horizons. The resulting climate forecasts will provide the basis for improving the capacity of industry and society to adapt to future climate variations. This funding measure is motivated by the needs of these end users.

Work on the new model system will entail great new challenges for the development of existing and new methods. This covers in particular the determination of the initial state, the description of the processes that are crucial for decadal climate prediction (e. g. modelling of the cryosphere or biosphere), the increase of spatial resolution through regionalization, the improvement or adaptation of statistical post-processing, and last but not least, the synthesis and validation of the entire model system.

The present approach widens the range of research activities and measures on how to deal with climate change as part of the High-Tech Strategy (HTS) for Climate Protection in the area "Knowledge - a basis for climate protection and adaptation".
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E-Energy E-Energy: ICT-based Energy System of the Future (E-Energy: IKT-basiertes Energiesystem der Zukunft)
E-Energy: Das "Internet der Energien" Aus einem E-Energy-Technologiewettbewerb gingen sechs Modellprojekte als Sieger hervor. Sie alle verfolgen (...)

E-Energy: Das "Internet der Energien"

Aus einem E-Energy-Technologiewettbewerb gingen sechs Modellprojekte als Sieger hervor. Sie alle verfolgen einen integralen Systemansatz, der alle energierelevanten Wirtschaftsaktivitäten sowohl auf der Markt- als auch auf der technischen Betriebsebene einschließt. Mit Blick auf die große Bedeutung von E-Energy für den Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien und die Erhöhung der Energieeffizienz erfolgt die Förderung der Modellprojekte in einer ressortübergreifenden Partnerschaft des BMWi mit dem Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU). Das BMWi stellt für vier Modellregionen bis zu 40 Mio. Euro bereit und das BMU übernimmt die Förderung von zwei weiteren Modellregionen mit bis zu 20 Mio. Euro. Damit werden zusammen mit den Eigenmitteln der beteiligten Unternehmen insgesamt etwa 140 Mio. Euro für den Aufbau der sechs E-Energy-Modellregionen mobilisiert. Alle Projekte sollen im vierten Quartal 2008 gestartet werden. Die ausgewählten Modellregionen sollen bis 2012 ihre erfolgversprechenden Vorschläge bis zur Marktreife entwickeln und ihre Marktfähigkeit im Alltag testen.

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  Earth Observation Mission Support (Earth Observation Mission Support)
NERC EO Mission Support Scheme, which replaces the EO Enabling Fund, has been created to support various aspects of satellite missions, including (...)
NERC EO Mission Support Scheme, which replaces the EO Enabling Fund, has been created to support various aspects of satellite missions, including both pre and post launch mission support.
Earth Observation (EO) data provide an unique tool to assess global measurements of physical, chemical and biological processes in the atmosphere, cryosphere, oceans, land surface and the solid Earth. They play an increasingly important role in delivering NERC's scientific objectives as identified in its science strategy.
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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.
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ADD Federating Programme "Agriculture and Sustainable Development" (Programme Fédératif "Agriculture and Développement Durable")
Agriculture and Sustainable Development (...)
Agriculture and Sustainable Development
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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  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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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
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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.

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SUSTAINAMICS Dynamic Modeling for Integrated Sustainability Assessment (Modelação Dinâmica como suporte à Avaliação Integrada da Sustentabilidade)
The SUSTAINAMICS research project (PTDC/AMB/66909/2006) aims at developing and implementing an innovative participatory modelling methodology to (...)
The SUSTAINAMICS research project (PTDC/AMB/66909/2006) aims at developing and implementing an innovative participatory modelling methodology to support Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) of emerging policies, plans or programmes addressing the pressing sustainability challenges faced by our society.
The research framework developed in SUSTAINAMICS is expected to provide an improved methodology for ISA with distinctive features such as dynamic modelling and analysis of long-term sustainability impacts, the development of extended peer reviewed sustainability criteria, a strong emphasis on the involvement of social actors in the assessment process, and the integration of participatory modelling with other assessment methods and tools in a coherent platform. The selected case is related with the sustainability assessment of integrated maritime policies. This subject is particularly fit for testing the proposed framework, since policies are in early design and “green paper” discussion stages, which allows for the participatory assessment process to actually influence decisions and promote conceptual learning. Furthermore, the integrated approach to management of oceans and costal zones is not yet fully structured, which creates opportunities for a more creative and open exploration of policy options. The results from the case study are expected to shed additional insights on the usefulness of the proposed approach.
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PREVASSEMBLE Ensemble Methods for Assimilation of Observations and for Prevision in Meteorology and Oceanography (Méthodes d'Ensemble pour l'Assimilation des Observations et la Prévision en Météorologie et Océanographie)
Forecasting and Data assimilation for Meteorological and Oceanographical Observations (...)
Forecasting and Data assimilation for Meteorological and Oceanographical Observations
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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.
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IDEA Forest fires: simulation of atmospherical emission dynamics (Incendies de forêts : simulation de la dynamique et des émissions atmosphériques par couplage de code)
Forest fires: simulation of atmospherical emission dynamics (...)
Forest fires: simulation of atmospherical emission dynamics
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