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

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Sustainability Field 1
Ecology, Natural Environment

Programmes assigned to this field

FCT-MCTES projects Call for Proposals for Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects in all Scientific Domains, Science and Technology Foundation (Concurso de Projectos de Investigação Científica e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico em todos os Domínios Científicos, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
The Portuguese government’s science and technology policy considers growth, reinforcement and consolidation of the Sistema Científico e Tecnológico (...)
The Portuguese government’s science and technology policy considers growth, reinforcement and consolidation of the Sistema Científico e Tecnológico Nacional (SCTN) to be a national priority in order to make the system more competitive, both within the country and internationally, and to facilitate articulation between centers of knowledge and business. In this framework, fostering and strengthening the capabilities of scientific and technological institutions by enabling research teams at these institutions to participate in scientific research and technological development (SR&TD) projects in all scientific fields is deemed particularly important.Foundation
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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.
Sweden Details
BC3-RSCD Collaboration agreement BC3-RSCD
Assessment and development of adaptation methodologies such that a common set of methodologies can be made applicable to adaptation in China (...)
Assessment and development of adaptation methodologies such that a common set of methodologies can be made applicable to adaptation in China
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BC3-TERI Collaboration agreement BC3-TERI (Collaboration agreement BC3-TERI)
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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

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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
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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
  Data flow system and indicators to enhance integrated management of global environmental issues
Project Objective The main aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive data flow system and indicator model for the purpose of sustainable (...)
Project Objective
The main aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive data flow system and indicator model for the purpose of sustainable collection and management of common data related to UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNCBD convention and to implement this model through a small scale GIS-supported pilot project.

Project Strategy
A unique feature of the Project is that DFS and national indicator model will be tested via a small-scale pilot project where the thematic issues converge, within an endangered coastal (karst) habitat. The impact of coastal area vegetation fires on destruction of biodiversity, the creation of conditions for different erosion processes, and on greenhouse gas balance. The pilot project will allow corrective actions necessary for establishing the full scale DFS at the national level.
Croatia Details
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".
Germany Details
  Development of the soil monitoring programme
The goal is to develop soil monitoring programme as a tool for collecting geo-referenced soil data in a harmonized format. Soil monitoring program (...)
The goal is to develop soil monitoring programme as a tool for collecting geo-referenced soil data in a harmonized format. Soil monitoring program can provide detailed guidelines for the establishment of soil monitoring system, tested at area which include all soil types and pattern of use categories, and specially determine vulnerable zones, industrial area, disposal sites, oil exploitation mud pits and other potentially contaminated spots.
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Projects assigned to this field

TwoLe A Decision Support System for Water Resources Management and Planning (Un Sistema di Supporto alle Decisioni per la gestione e pianificazione della risorsa acqua)
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TwoLe is a platform of computing tools that make up a Decision Support System for managing water resources at the basin or watershed scale. According to the EU Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, this procedure must be integrated: it should use devices able to integrate the many qualitative and quantitative facets of problems distinguished by the complexity of environmental systems, as well as the variety of approaches used to solve them. The decision process, both in the planning phase and in the management phase, must be participatory: the adopted procedure counts on and formalises the involvement of stakeholders through the use of computing tools able to support participation at different levels (information, consulting, active involvement) and able to guarantee the transparency and traceability of the entire decision process. Olginate Twole is tested on two real case studies:

    * planning level (pilot application on the Lario river basin and the Adda downstream of lake Como);

    * management level (pilot application on the Verbano catchment and the Ticino downstream of the lake)

 

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GIS-KliSchee Adaptation of Winter Sports Tourism to Climate Change and Weather Variability in German Low Mountain Ranges ( Anpassung des Wintersporttourismus in den deutschen Mittelgebirgen an Klimawandel und Witterungsvariabilität)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und (...)
Das Projekt GIS-KliSchee verfolgt die Zielsetzung, flächenscharf auf der Basis von Klimamessdaten, Relief, Oberflächentypen, Strömungsfeld und Einstrahlung unter Einsatz von Satellitenbildern das lokale Schneepotenzial zu erfassen und wahrscheinliche Änderungsszenarien, abgeleitet aus regionalen Klimamodellrechnungen, flächenscharf vorzuhalten. Die Einbindung in ein Geographisches Informationssystem (GIS) ermöglicht die Integration von Daten zu bestehenden Infrastruktureinrichtungen, ökologischen Vorranggebieten und ökonomischen Parametern, so dass ein für die räumliche Planung nutzbares Expertensystem entsteht, mit dem Investitionsentscheidungen vorbereitet werden können und – je nach Schneepotenzial – unterschiedliche Adaptionsstrategien vorgeschlagen werden.
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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.
France Details
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).
 
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APHAIS Air Pollution and Health: A European Information System
Apheis (Air Pollution and Health: A European Information System) released the latest findings in its ongoing assessment of the impact of particulate (...)
Apheis (Air Pollution and Health: A European Information System) released the latest findings in its ongoing assessment of the impact of particulate air pollution on health in 26 cities in 12 European countries.  The new evidence provided by the third phase of the Apheis programme confirmed the finding of Apheis-2 that air pollution continues to pose a significant threat to public health in urban environments in Europe.
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AIRTHESS An environmental information and early warning system for air quality in Thessaloniki, Greece (Σύστημα Έγκαιρης Πληροφόρησης των Πολιτών για την Ποιότητα της Ατμόσφαιρας στη Θεσσαλονίκη )
The Thessaloniki air quality information and early warning system (AIRTHESS), was designed and developed taking into account the state of the art in (...)
The Thessaloniki air quality information and early warning system (AIRTHESS), was designed and developed taking into account the state of the art in ICT and the way that AQ information should be disseminated and presented, either on a daily information basis, or on the basis of alerts generated by incident forecasts. AIRTHESS makes use of Google Maps  for the geographic presentation of information and Adobe Flash for the graphical presentation of air pollution time series, merged in a responsive rich web application using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT)  to perform dynamic actions. In the backend, AIRTHESS is implemented using a stack of open source libraries and frameworks, mainly based on the Eclipse Equinox implementation of the OSGi  Service Platform, allowing fine-grained reuse of existing code and extension of behaviour with minimal overhead. Further, an in-house web application framework was developed, based on Apache Velocity  for rendering and Apache Torque  for the database access. AIRTHESS uses the OSGi Event Service in publish-subscribe mode to handle dataflow requirements for new measurements and notifications. When new measurements arrive, an Event is generated describing their metadata (such as their station, the measurement series that have been updated, the first and last moment of the new data, etc) and asynchronously posted to the Event Service. Any OSGi services that have registered as handlers whose filters match the new event are then notified; the modeling subsystem is one such service, handling execution of prediction models. Any forecasts that are calculated emit their own events; the notification service is subscribed to these particular events and checks if any users should be notified of these new predictions. Being based on OSGi and the publish-subscribe pattern allows the various components to be very decoupled from each other; further, services can dynamically subscribe to the generated events without causing any downtime. The warning are being issues via e-mail and SMS to the (freely) subscribed users.
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ÖGIS Austrian Health Information System (Österreichisches Gesundheitsinformationssystem)
In Austria the "Österreichische Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen (ÖBIG)" started to es-tablish an „Environment Geographical Information System (...)

In Austria the "Österreichische Bundesinstitut für Gesundheitswesen (ÖBIG)" started to es-tablish an „Environment Geographical Information System (UGIS)" in 1991 in charge of the Austrian Ministry of Health (BMG). The main goal of UGIS (since 1999 renewed to "Austrian Health Information System", ÖGIS) is to collect and organize data on health and environment in order to provide quick replies to questions of the Ministry of Health. The system should be an easily and quickly accessible information tool regarding health and environment in Aus-tria. ÖBIG is collecting data from different authorities like Statistic Austria, provincial govern-ments, social insurances agencies, Ministry of Health, Austrian Medical Association etc..

Austria Details
ARFRISOL Bioclimatic architecture and solar cooling (Arquitectura Bioclimática y Frío Solar)
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The (PSE-ARFRISOL) is the Draft Strategic Singular Bioclimatic Architecture and Solar Cooling which pretends to show that bioclimatic architecture, based on the architectural and construction design and low temperature solar energy are the basic elements appropriate to make the building energy-efficient future, for it is being analyzed theoretically and monitoring (evaluation in real life conditions) after optimized its architecture and its facilities, five public buildings symbolic office, both to rehabilitate and new plant, built in five sites with different climatic conditions (Almería: University and PSA, Madrid, Soria and Asturias) considered as experimental prototypes

Spain Details
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.

 

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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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