ICT-ENSURE Information System on Research Programmes in the Field of ICT for Environmental Sustainability

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ICT Field 1.3
Monitoring Systems

Programmes assigned to this field

KEWA Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen)
KEWA R&D Project Cooperative development of economic applications for the environment, transport, and adjacent fields in new administrative (...)

KEWA R&D Project
Cooperative development of economic applications for the environment, transport, and adjacent fields in new administrative structures.

Phase I – 2005 / 2006, see KEWA I
Phase II – 2006 / 2007, see KEWA II
Phase III – 2007 / 2008, see KEWA III
Phase IV – 2008 / 2009, see KEWA IV
Phase V  - 2009 / 2010, see KEWA V
Phase VI  - 2010 / 2011, see KEWA VI

A modern public administration also has to be economically efficient. The quality of IT use and online supply of administrative services are location factors. Consequently, the Federal Republic of Germany, the federal states, and municipalities have agreed on the pan-German e-government strategy “Deutschland-Online”. The environmental information system Baden-Württemberg has been providing information services relating to the environment on the internet for ten years already. With its portals to environmental and geological expert data of the state, the environmental information system decisively contributes to meeting the requirements outlined in the State Environmental Information Act.

By the further development of the service-oriented architecture to a standardized web service infrastructure, individual selection and access functions are integrated flexibly in environments on the internet and state intranet. Employees of the environmental administration and interested citizens are granted access to web offers specially tailored to these target groups. Knowledge of the local and specific responsibilities of the authorities is not required. In this way, environmental information can be collected specifically via the e-government’s online services.

Together with other customers, Baden-Württemberg started the R&D project KEWA (Cooperative Development of Economic Applications for the Environment and Transport in New Administrative Structures) in 2005.

 Quelle: R. Mayer-Föll, A. Keitel, W. Geiger (Hrsg.); F+E-Vorhaben KEWA, Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendung für Umwelt und Verkehr in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase I 2005/06, Wissenschaftliche Berichte FZKA 7250, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH.

Dokument: kewa1-gesamt-druck.pdf
URL:  http://www.fachdokumente.lubw.baden-wuerttemberg.de

Germany Details
KEWA IV Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Phase IV) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase IV)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
Germany Details
KEWA VI Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment, Transport and Adjacent Fields in New Administrative Structures (Phase VI) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt, Verkehr und benachbarte Bereiche in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase VI)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
Germany 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
FRMRC Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (Flood Risk Management Research Consortium)
SUMMARY OBJECTIVE The objectives are to increase our understanding of flooding by generating new and original science and to support improved flood (...)
SUMMARY OBJECTIVE
The objectives are to increase our understanding of flooding by generating new and original science and to support improved flood risk management.
The key aims of the programme remain as set out in the original project description;
a) The short-term delivery of tools and techniques to support more accurate flood forecasting and warning, improvements to the flood management infrastructure and the reduction of flood risk to people, property and the environment;
b) the establishment of a programme of high quality science that will enhance our understanding of flooding and improve our ability to reduce flood risk through the development of sustainable flood prevention, management and mitigation strategies.
United Kingdom Details
  Food LINK programme (Food LINK programme)
The food industry is continuing to experience the demands of increased consumer expectations and the opportunities and challenges of the Single (...)
The food industry is continuing to experience the demands of increased consumer expectations and the opportunities and challenges of the Single European Market. The industry increasingly needs to employ advanced manufacturing techniques which allow greater process flexibility, increased efficiency in the use of energy and raw materials and reduction in waste generation.
United Kingdom Details
HIRDLS High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder)
Aims and objectives Science goals using HIRDLS data include the determination of: fluxes of mass and chemical constituents between the (...)
Aims and objectives
Science goals using HIRDLS data include the determination of:
fluxes of mass and chemical constituents between the troposphere and stratosphere
chemical processing, transport and mixing, particularly in the lower stratosphere
momentum, energy and potential vorticity balances of the middle atmosphere
geographically and seasonally unbiased long-term climatologies and interannual variability of middle atmosphere temperature, constituents, dynamical fields and gravity waves
tropospheric cloud heights
tropospheric temperature and water vapour retrievals, possibly in conjunction with other EOS (Earth Observing System) sounders
diagnostic studies of atmospheric dynamics, chemistry, and transport processes to test and improve models of these processes, especially at those smaller scales for which there are now no data to check the models' chemical or dynamical behaviour
United Kingdom Details
FCERM Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme (Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management R&D Programme)
Objectives: The aims of the Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme are to: address the needs (...)

Objectives:
The aims of the Joint Defra/EA Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Research and Development Programme are to:
address the needs of all flood and coastal defence authorities
help inform policy development
ensure that flood and coastal erosion risk management measures are delivered in a technically and environmentally sound and cost-effective manner
bridge the gap between work carried out by others (basic scientific research) and the development of operational systems.

United Kingdom Details
JWCRP Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme (Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme)
The programme was launched in March 2009 as the Joint Climate Research Programme. The programme's overarching aim is ensuring, in areas of common (...)
The programme was launched in March 2009 as the Joint Climate Research Programme. The programme's overarching aim is ensuring, in areas of common interest to the Met Office and NERC, that the UK maintains and strengthens its leading international position in climate science, and hence in climate forecasting and provision of advice for climate policy.
United Kingdom Details
M-ZONES Managed-ZONES
The overall goal of M-Zones is to: Undertake fundamental research into novel management infrastructures to enable collaboration and management, (...)

The overall goal of M-Zones is to:

Undertake fundamental research into novel management infrastructures to enable collaboration and management, between and within Smart Spaces.

 

Within the overall goal of the programme, M-Zones will:

  • Take a holistic view of Smart Space Management by representing them as Managed-Zones ('M-Zones'), which encompass one or more smart spaces and the context of these spaces e.g. participants, information resources, time, IT infrastructure etc. M-Zones represent domains of management in which Smart Spaces can be managed and between which participants/devices roam and dynamic service provisioning can be supported.
  • Provide insight into the infrastructures and technologies to provide dynamic, real-time management within and between M-Zones.
  • Adopt a 'policy-based management approach' to support dynamic monitoring, configuration, control and co-ordination of these management zones. The management systems will be particularly sensitive to unique properties of smart spaces including: large-scale numbers of embedded processors/information appliances, mobility, wireless communication, temporal properties and the potential for 're-programming' of the smart spaces.
  • Develop a Smart Space management framework based on standards and best practice from both the Telecommunications and IT standardisation work such as TeleManagement Forum, Object Management Group, ETSI and ITU telecommunications standards.
  • Foster close collaboration among the research groups, which comprise experts in management & control systems, smart spaces, wireless systems and networks.
  • Enable exchange of researchers between sides and foster external collaboration with international centres of excellence.


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Projects assigned to this field

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
Change Detection Automatic Detection of Changes in Satellite Image Series (Automatische Erkennung von Veränderungen in Satellitenbilddatenreihen)
Plötzliche Veränderungen, die durch Naturkatastrophen oder andere Zerstörungen hervorgerufen werden, stehen im Fokus des Projektes«, so Prof. Ehlers. (...)
Plötzliche Veränderungen, die durch Naturkatastrophen oder andere Zerstörungen hervorgerufen werden, stehen im Fokus des Projektes«, so Prof. Ehlers. »Besonders Einsatzkräfte, die in Krisengebiete geschickt werden, haben großes Interesse daran, schnell und zuverlässig zu erfahren, wo im Zielgebiet die größten Veränderungen zu finden sind«, ergänzt Prof. Michel. »Hierdurch lässt sich wertvolle Zeit für Bergungsarbeiten gewinnen«. Die Wissenschaftler entwickeln derzeit gemeinsam neue Software zur Auswertung von Satellitenbildern. Diese sollen über eine Kombination von Algorithmen, die Form, Farbe und Texturen von Bildobjekten berücksichtigen, Umwelt- und Naturveränderungen automatisch anzeigen.
Germany Details
UFO - Flugroutenoptimierung Environmental Compatible Flight Route Optimization (Verminderung von Kondensstreifen durch Flugroutenoptimierung)
Contrails and contrail cirrus are anthropogenic clouds. In the same way as natural clouds they have an impact on the earth radiation budget. If the (...)
Contrails and contrail cirrus are anthropogenic clouds. In the same way as natural clouds they have an impact on the earth radiation budget. If the ambient air is cold and moist enough, contrails are triggered by high flying aircrafts. According to the actual state of knowledge they account for 2 - 3% of the total anthropogenic warming. A contrail might be warming or cooling the earth-atmosphere system depending on the position of the sun, the surface properties and the state of the atmosphere. Only in limited areas temperature and water vapour content are favourable for the formation of contrails. Their life-time and spreading into cirrus decks are controlled by the atmospheric dynamics. Mainly at night, but also over bright surfaces or low clouds, contrails are warming. The basic idea of this project is to use weather forecast data in order to identify those regions which could lead to strongly warming contrails. This information will be included into the already existing routines for flight route optimisation to avoid those areas and flight levels if feasible. Within this project the feasibility and practicability of such an optimisation will be studied taking special care of the safety aspects and the cost effectiveness.

Kondensstreifen und die daraus entstehenden Zirren greifen als anthropogene Wolken in den Strahlungshaushalt der Atmosphäre ein. Sie können von hochfliegenden Flugzeugen ausgelöst werden, sobald die Umgebungsluft kalt und feucht genug ist. Nach dem derzeitigen Wissensstand tragen sie mit ca. 2 bis 3 Prozent zum gesamten anthropogenen Treibhauseffekt bei. Ob ein Kondensstreifen erwärmend oder abkühlend wirkt, hängt im Einzelfall vom Sonnenstand, Ort und Zustand der Atmosphäre ab. Die Bedingungen zur Entstehung von Kondensstreifen sind nur in begrenzten Gebieten gegeben, ihre Ausbreitung und Lebensdauer wird durch die Dynamik der Atmosphäre bestimmt. Erwärmend wirken Kondensstreifen vor allem nachts, aber auch über hellem Untergrund und über niedrigen Wolken. Die grundlegende Idee dieses Vorhabens ist es, schon bei der Optimierung von Flugrouten kondensstreifenträchtige Gebiete dann zu vermeiden, wenn eine starke, erwärmende Strahlungswirkung zu erwarten ist, um so die Klimawirkung des Luftverkehrs zu reduzieren. Dazu wird die Strahlungswirkung potenzieller Kondensstreifen auf der Datengrundlage von Wettervorhersagemodellen abgeschätzt und als zusätzliches Kriterium in die Flugplanung eingeführt. In diesem Verbundprojekt wird die Durchführbarkeit dieser Optimierung unter Berücksichtigung der Sicherheitsaspekte, der Wirtschaftlichkeit und des Nutzens für das globale Klima bewertet.

Source: http://www.klimazwei.de/ProjektezumKlimaschutz/Projekt%C3%BCbersicht/Flugroutenoptimierung/tabid/96/language/en-US/language/de-DE/Default.aspx?en-US=Default.aspx&de-DE=Default.aspx
Germany Details
FIRE PARADOX FIRE PARADOX - An innovative and integrated approach to wildland fire management (FIRE PARADOX)
Fire risk in the Mediterranean is increased exponentially as a result of fuel accumulation in the landscape because of land abandonment and the (...)
Fire risk in the Mediterranean is increased exponentially as a result of fuel accumulation in the landscape because of land abandonment and the implementation of fire exclusion policies. The project will have a significant impact on European forestry policy in general.

The systematic implementation of global fire exclusion in Europe, followed North America in the realization that this policy resulted in an increase in fire risk as a result of protected, accumulating, biomass.

Based on the experience of a few prescribed burning practitioners and the result of fire-ecological research conducted in the past, the key-objective of this project is to develop new fire management policies adapted for European-use, to reduce forest fire risk. The vision of Fire Paradox participants will be (through their R&D contribution) to develop concrete and operation-viable solutions to the fire problem with regard to the social, economic and ecological impact on high intensity fires, such as the recently-experienced wildfires in Portugal, Spain and France in 2003 and 2005.
Portugal Details
  Geomatics to support land government actions (La Geomatica a supporto delle azioni di Governo del Territorio )
The project aims at obtaining results and products for public structures and bodies to let them know and manage their territory, by offering not only (...)
The project aims at obtaining results and products for public structures and bodies to let them know and manage their territory, by offering not only technical solutions but also procedures, standards and certification systems. Results are fruit of researches involving innovative aspects of Geomatics, i.e. GNSS, Laser Scanning, remote sensing, GIS.
Objectives of the projects are: interoperability of reference systems; tsting of low cost systems for building monitoring through a network of GPS/GNSS receivers.
Italy Details
Urban energetic control system Intelligent approach to energetic system control of urban agglomeration. (Inteligentní systém pro řízení energetického systému městské aglomerace.)
The aim of the project is a design of a modular intelligent control system for energetic networks of urban agglomerations and the implementation of (...)
The aim of the project is a design of a modular intelligent control system for energetic networks of urban agglomerations and the implementation of its basic parts. The developed system enables continuous control of heat or electric distribution in a urban agglomeration with respect to climatic conditions and operational states of particular energetic sources. The project results will ensure an increased efficiency in energetic system operations with minimization of additional demands put on operators.The final outputs are obtained through principles of intelligent control theory.
Czech Republic 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
RESTOFANGS Restoration of extraction activity sites using treatment-plant sludge (Restauració d'activitats extractives amb fangs de depuradora)
The RESTOFANGS project aims to assist companies carrying out extraction activities in Catalonia to improve the restoration of exploited areas, (...)

The RESTOFANGS project aims to assist companies carrying out extraction activities in Catalonia to improve the restoration of exploited areas, especially in cases where the quality of the available land is poor (or even barren) and does not guarantee adequate development of the vegetation. One of the main objectives is to develop a technical and administrative protocol to facilitate the use of urban treatment-plant sludge as manure to improve the fertility of the soil used in the restoration. The project is based on the experience accumulated since 1992 by CREAF researchers in quarries where the effects of using treatment-plant sludge in their restoration have been evaluated.

A database associated to the MiraMón® GIS, called RESTOFANGS, is also being created to integrate the management of restoration using treatment-plant sludge, allowing the Administration to control and monitor these measures. In addition to these activities, we are exploring the possibilities of using heat-dried sludge from treatment-plants in the restoration of quarries as an alternative to the wet sludges which are applied at present.

Spain Details
EUROSTAT Statistical Office of the European Communities
Eurostat was established in 1953 to meet the requirements of the Coal and Steel Community. Over the years its task has broadened and when the (...)
Eurostat was established in 1953 to meet the requirements of the Coal and Steel Community. Over the years its task has broadened and when the European Community was founded in 1958 it became a Directorate-General (DG) of the European Commission. Eurostat’s key role is to supply statistics to other DGs and supply the Commission and other European Institutions with data so they can define, implement and analyse Community policies.
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ECO-WISE Wireless integrated system for environment
The project offers solutions to the problems of atmosphere pollution monitoring, with the aim of detecting local sources of danger (explosive and (...)
The project offers solutions to the problems of atmosphere pollution monitoring, with the aim of detecting local sources of danger (explosive and toxic gases).

The project developed a monitoring system mainly consisting in two tools, i.e. 1. a portable monitor, to measure gas values in the field (MPM/TIEP); 2. an ‘intelligent’ hardware tool to interface environmental data detectors with monitoring and decision support systems (DISEMA).
Italy Details

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