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Sustainability Field 4
Environmental Sustainability (general)

Programmes assigned to this field

BIS Building the Information Society (Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti)
The national programme " Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti"  is aiming at building of the ICT framework for development and more efficient (...)
The national programme " Budovanie informačnej spoločnosti"  is aiming at building of the ICT framework for development and more efficient R& D in all research fields. The Government of the Slovak Republic approved in accordance with the priorities of the State Science and Technology Policy Resolution No.1007 of 4 September 2002 6 cross-national research and development programes by addressing research and development projects  in selected fields of research and development ensure increasing levels of selected economic and social areas.
Slovakia Details
SYSCOMM Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling (Systèmes Complexes et Modélisation Mathématique)
Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling (...)
Complex Systems and Mathematical Modeling
France Details
ARPEGE Embedded Systems and Large-Scale Computing Infrastructures (Systèmes embarqués et grandes infrastructures)
Embedded Systems and Large-Scale Computing Infrastructures (...)
Embedded Systems and Large-Scale Computing Infrastructures
France Details
UFOPLAN 2009 Environmental Research Plan 2009 (Umweltforschungsplan 2009)
Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz (...)

Das Umweltbundesamt beabsichtigt einen Teil der Projekte des Umweltforschungsplans 2009 (UFOPLAN 2009) des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit in Form von Zuwendungen oder öffentlichen Aufträgen (Verträgen) in Wettbewerbsverfahren selbst zu vergeben.

Die betreffenden Vorhaben sind im Einzelnen in Form einer Übersicht dargestellt. Diese umfasst auch Vorhaben zur Klimaschutzinitiative des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit, die vom Umweltbundesamt vergeben werden.

Interessenbekundungen können formlos, jedoch getrennt für jedes einzelne Projekt mit folgenden Angaben eingereicht werden:

  • Forschungskennzahl (FKZ),
  • Forschungsthema,
  • Fachgebietsnummer des Umweltbundesamtes,
  • Darstellung der fachlichen Kompetenz und Leistungsfähigkeit für das zu bearbeitende Forschungsthema (Referenzen, Veröffentlichungen, einschlägige Arbeiten) sowie zur personellen und technischen Kapazität,
  • Darstellung eines inhaltlichen Eigeninteresses an der Durchführung des Projekts und ggf. Höhe der finanziellen Eigenbeteiligung.

Sofern Interessenten ein Eigeninteresse an der Durchführung eines Projekts zeigen, können vom Umweltbundesamt unter Berücksichtigung der Interessenlage Zuschüsse (Zuwendungen) an die ausgewählten Projektdurchführer in einem öffentlich-rechtlichen Verfahren vergeben werden. Hierzu wird vom Zuwendungsempfänger eine finanzielle Beteiligung an den Kosten / Ausgaben in angemessenem Umfang erwartet. Eine Vielzahl von Projekten wird auch in Form von Forschungs- und Entwicklungs- oder Werkverträgen vergeben, wobei das Umweltbundesamt nur im Einzelfall die ausschließlichen Nutzungsrechte für sich beansprucht.

Germany Details
CIGC - CIS HPC and Grid Computing 2005, HPC and Simulation 2006-2007 (Calcul Intensif et Grid Computing 2005, Calcul Intensif et Simulation 2006-2007)
High-Performance Computing, Grid Computing and Simulation (...)
High-Performance Computing, Grid Computing and Simulation
France Details
COSINUS HPC, Simulation and Large Data Sets (Conception and Simulation)
High-Performance Computing, Simulation and Large Data Sets (...)
High-Performance Computing, Simulation and Large Data Sets
France Details
proVISION proVISION. Provision for Nature and Society (proVISION. Vorsorge für Natur und Gesellschaft)
proVISION is a research programme introduced by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research. It is aimed at implementing Austria’s FORNE strategy (...)
proVISION is a research programme introduced by the Federal Ministry of Science and Research. It is aimed at implementing Austria’s FORNE strategy (on research for sustainable development). Together with complementary research programmes, proVISION provides the scientific basis for the country’s sustainability strategy.

Source: http://www.provision-research.at/cms/scripts/active.asp?sprache=2&id=8&vorlage=3&rubrik=8
Austria Details
Sparkling Science Sparkling Science - Science linking with School, School linking with Science (Sparkling Science - Wissenschaft ruft Schule, Schule ruft Wissenschaft)
Sparkling Science is a research programme from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research which is breaking unconventional and unique ground in the (...)

Sparkling Science is a research programme from the Federal Ministry of Science and Research which is breaking unconventional and unique ground in the promotion of young scientists in Europe.

Special features of the programme: Scientists work side by side with young people on over 100 research projects in which the young colleagues are not just involved as observers but where they actively take over and work independently on parts of the research.

Source: http://www.sparklingscience.at/en/

Austria Details
NIK Sustainability in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (Nachhaltigkeit in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik)
The transformation to the information society poses one of the greatest challenges for the coming years. Integration of the concept of sustainabi- (...)
The transformation to the information society poses one of the greatest challenges for the coming years. Integration of the concept of sustainabi- lity into the development and application of information and communication technologies must play a central role in this process. This requires tools which provide businesses and industry with the necessary confidence to act. Project NIK addresses this challenge.    The objective of the project "Sustainability in the Information and Communication Technologies" (Nachhaltigkeit in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik, or NIK) is to show industry how the economic potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) can be brought into harmony with the ecological and social requirements of sustainable development. This will be done by producing "paths of innovation" which identify the research and development necessary to attain sustain- ability in ICT. The participants of this project are making use of the instrument of road mapping to achieve this objective.
Germany Details
BLANC White programme: theme-free ICT projects (Programme "BLANC")
The ANR "programme BLANC" (i.e., "WHITE programme") is theme-free in the ICT scope. All ICT themes are therefore eligible. (...)
The ANR "programme BLANC" (i.e., "WHITE programme") is theme-free in the ICT scope. All ICT themes are therefore eligible.
France Details

Projects assigned to this field

BECC Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate
BECC is a strategic research initiative that strives for a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and land use decisions on (...)

BECC is a strategic research initiative that strives for a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and land use decisions on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity, addressing the consequences of ecosystem changes for human beings and socio-economic systems. The vision of BECC is to evolve interdisciplinary research approaches that contribute to the sustainable management of ecosystems and biodiversity in a rapidly changing world.
 

BECC aims to:

  • Assess climate change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Sweden, with a particular focus on forest, agricultural and subarctic ecosystems, but also including aquatic systems that are affected by runoff from forest and farmland.
  • Support regional, national and international policymakers through the scientific evaluation of policy options combining adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change with conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
  • Create synergies and added value to the climate impacts research at Lund University and University of Gothenburg by bringing together modelling, empirical ecology, economics and social science analysis, and by integrating stakeholder experience in the research process.

 

Sweden Details
SchoolSenses@Internet children as multisensory geographic information creators through the use of information and communication technologies
Accordingly to primary education pedagogical principles learning experiences should be active, meaningful, integrated and should promote (...)
Accordingly to primary education pedagogical principles learning experiences should be active, meaningful, integrated and should promote socialization (Ministério da Educação, 2004). In Portugal, that is not the case for a considerable number of children, as it is recognized by the Government. The potentialities of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education, in what concerns the access, sharing and construction of knowledge and the promotion of learning with the mentioned characteristics, have long been recognized. Several efforts have been developed: project Enlaces (Chile), project Minerva, program Nónio século XXI, Internet@eb1, European Schoolnet, Netd@ys, eSchola. The evaluation report of the Internet@eb1 program realizes the need to create motivation identitary factors for teachers and students, as well as contexts that ease the harmonious integration of technology in the pedagogical practice (Figueiredo, Afonso e Ferreira, 2004). The main objective of this project is to improve the quality of primary education learning, making meaningful the needed complexity approaches. ICT will be explored to develop inclusion and to (re)discover curricular themes, in real contexts. It will be used transversal and interdisciplinary approaches, searching for an effective ICT curricular integration, that will explore multi-sensory communication to promote educational success (a bridge to concrete experiences, to different learning and expression styles, to complexity and real learning). It will be pursuit in this way the development of fundamental competences to the knowledge society, like cooperation and collaboration. For that purpose, challenges will be launched periodically that should lead to collaboration and collective creation of
identitary contents. A collaborative system will support the production of geo-referenced multi-sensory web contents by primary school children. In the contexts created by the challenges, the primary education community will disseminate and share knowledge, experiences and projects, establishing relations and meetings. Diverse actors will be mobilized to build an identity space of
primary education in Internet. As examples of challenges, it could be mentioned the creation of patrimony itineraries of a region, or the decision-making process relating to environmental risk management. <br>New interfaces, models and tools will be created and used: multi-sensory communication interfaces, as well as modelling and simulation tools, will allow children to explore and create geo-referenced multi-sensory concepts and contexts; inclusive and iterative evaluation methodologies will consider the subjacent complexity of these collaborative learning processes. Evaluation and interfaces guidelines will be produced to contribute to the concrete and abstract learning developed in the creation of geo-referenced multi-sensory web contents by primary school children.
Portugal Details
CORINE Turkey Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Land Cover Project Turkey (CORINE Türkiye)
 CORINE (Coordination of Information on the Environment) Land Cover Program was initiated by European Union Commission. CORINE program was (...)
 CORINE (Coordination of Information on the Environment) Land Cover Program was initiated by European Union Commission. CORINE program was executed by European Commission from 1985 to 1990. During this period an environmental information system (CORINE System) was developed, terminology and methodology of this system was developed and accepted at European Union level. At Dobris Conference took place in 1991, program was requested to be applied to Middle and Eastern European Countries within the framework of European Union Grant Program and CORINE databases were completed in 13 countries with this support.

CORINE program is serving to four fundamental goals. These are:

-        To compile information on the state of the environment with regard to certain topics which have priority for all the Member States of the Community,

-        To coordinate the compilation of data and the organization of information within the Member States or at international level,

-        To ensure that information is consistent and that data are compatible,

-        To create “Land Usage” maps of our country in accordance with the criteria of European Environment Agency,

-        A further objective of the CORINE program is to bring together all the many attempts which have been made over the years at various levels (international, Community, national and regional) to obtain more information on the environment and the way it is changing.

The first phase of the Project was completed by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the second phase is under the responsibility of Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Turkey Details
  Development of sustainability assessment tools for ICT – Methods for simplified assessments
  (...)
 
Sweden Details
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.
Portugal Details
TEIEN Establishment of Turkish Environmental Information Exchange Network (Türkiye’de Çevre Bilgi değişim Ağı’nın Kurulması Projesi)
The project purpose is the establishment and further development of Turkish Environmental Information Exchange Network to improve the integration of (...)
The project purpose is the establishment and further development of Turkish Environmental Information Exchange Network to improve the integration of environmental concerns into sectoral policies, plans and programmes. The TEIEN will be a functional and effective Inter-Institutional Partnership established to support National Policy, Programming, and Planning Processes through improved access to environmental information, improved data quality, comparable data standards and clear institutional roles and responsibilities. National Policy Formulation, Planning, Environmental Management, Natural Resource Management, Regulatory Frameworks and Environmental Monitoring Capacities will be strengthened through the regular exchange of environmental information; thereby implementation of Environmental Acquis will be accelerated in Turkey.

The TEIEN is a national environmental information network that serves national needs while at the same time enables various institutions to streamline their international obligations. The TEIEN will support a proactive approach to environmental management and natural resource conservation and to deliver clear benefits to the sectors of government.

The TEIEN is expected to achieve three principal results, namely:

-        The national exchange network is established by the end of the project which enhances inter-institutional collaboration in the environment sector and supports national policy and planning processes.

-        The relevant national institutions together with MoEF enhance their capability of accessing, querying, reporting, visualizing the environmental data in a timely and consistent manner.

-        The capacity of the members of the Turkish EIONET structure and NFP is enhanced.

Turkey Details
HybCO2 Hybrid approaches to assess economic, environmental and technological impacts of long term low carbon scenarios: the Portuguese case
Climate change is currently acknowledged by policy makers and scientific community as one of the major challenges faced by mankind. Its long-term (...)
Climate change is currently acknowledged by policy makers and scientific community as one of the major challenges faced by mankind. Its long-term impacts can affect human development in a decisive way, changing available resources, the pace of economic activities, life-styles and well-being.
Significant efforts are being developed on the implementation of carbon mitigation policies and measures, both at national and the European Union (EU)level. Scenarios are relevant approaches for planning greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation by exploring economic, technological and environmental implications of different pathways, tackling the uncertainty associated to long-term future development.
Several energy-economic-environmental models have been developed to quantify such scenarios, being technological bottom-up and economic top-down(especially computable general equilibrium (CGE)) models the most common.
However, both models have inherent limitations which originate often divergent results, leading to uncertainty. Top-down models do not include technological detail, overestimating economic adjustments of the energy system, and tend to ignore technological changes induced by prices adjustments, due to e.g. energy-related GHG emissions abatement. These models help policy makers assess economy-wide policy instruments such as carbon taxes, but are ineffective in assessing the role of technological development to achieve a low carbon economy. On the other hand, the bottom-up models rely heavily on cost-effectiveness of energy technologies and ignore the macroeconomic feedbacks of different energy/climate policies, resulting on cost underestimation to achieve environmental goals.
Nevertheless, the impact of long-term carbon mitigation policies is not restricted to the energy system and should be analyzed within an economic framework, including expected changes in sector productivity, which induce changes in energy demand.
 
Some studies have argued on the need to integrate the two modeling paradigms in order to minimize their weaknesses. Few technologically explicit, behaviourally realistic and macroeconomic complete hybrid models have been developed. Three major approaches have been adopted: i)“soft-link” between two independent top-down and bottom-up models through an iterative process between inputs and outputs; ii) Mixed Complementarity Problem (MCP) to join the two modelling forms in a single integrated model, introducing technological detail in CGE models, iii) link one model to a simplified form of the other, generally link a bottom-up model to a simplified CGE model.
 
The objective of HybCO2 project is to advance on modelling tools to reduce uncertainty and improve impact assessment and policy design for aggressive long-term low carbon scenarios. Two distinct hybrid tools will be developed, using the Portuguese economy until 2050 as a case-study: i) HYBGED (HYBrid General Equilibrium Dynamic) model sustained by MCP; and ii) HYBTEP (HYBrid Technological Economic Platform) supported by a soft-link between the bottom-up model, TIMES_PT (The Integrated MARKAL-EFOM System) and the top-down GEM-E3_PT (General Equilibrium Model for Economy – Energy – Environment), both implemented and validated for the case study.
 
For a set of scenarios that explore future Portuguese socio-economic pathways up to 2050, including technological development, the two hybrid tools will be used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of GHG abatement options and its economic feedback on prices, production, income and economic welfare. The research will focus on the technological/behavioural changes and low cost abatement opportunities to achieve low carbon pathways, including a carbon neutral one, and on the analysis and optimisation of policy instruments required to achieve them. The performance and the strengths of both hybrid tools will be compared in order to enhance their strengths and overcome their limitations, minimizing the uncertainty in impact assessment of carbon mitigation policies for the long term, issuing recommendations for long-term GHG reduction targets.  
 
HybCO2 will advance the research on hybrid modelling and climate policy analysis, through: i) development of two new dynamic hybrid energy-environment-economy modelling tools establishing a top-down and bottom-up equilibrium for highly-disaggregated economic sectors, currently not in state-of-the-art modelling; ii) improving the cost-effectiveness assessment of long-term energy/climate policy instruments, reducing their uncertainty by comparing the two tools results and including aspects beyond the conventional dual objective of emission and cost reduction (including macroeconomic feedback), namely, energy efficiency and security of supply; iii) assessing long-term impacts from aggressive carbon reduction on the Portuguese small open economy. The latter is of utmost relevance to support national policy decisions within the ongoing EU and global climate negotiations.
Portugal Details
  Implementing Earth observations, advanced satellite based atmospheric sounders and distributed temperature sensing for effective land surface representation in water resource modelling (Implementering af jordobservation, avanceret satellitbaseret radiosonde data og distribueret temperatur måling i hydrologisk modellering)
In order to predict future freshwater availability and the vulnerability of ecosystems and society to floods and droughts, hydrological model tools (...)
In order to predict future freshwater availability and the vulnerability of ecosystems and society to floods and droughts, hydrological model tools are needed that are capable of accurately representing climate, land use and land cover at different spatial scales. The purpose of this project is to develop model tools capable of quantifying the relative effects of site-specific land use change and climate variability at different scales.
Denmark 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
MAVERIC Map-based assessment of vulnerability to climate change employing regional indicators
The central aim of this project is to map quantitative measures of vulnerability to climate change at municipality scale across Finland. (...)
The central aim of this project is to map quantitative measures of vulnerability to climate change at municipality scale across Finland. Vulnerability is defined as the degree to which a system is susceptible to, or unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change. It can be characterised as a function of the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of a system to climate change.
Finland Details
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