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Ecology, Natural Environment

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Nº 11 / SAESCTN / 2009 2009 Call for R&D Projects in Digital Media (SISTEMA DE APOIO A ENTIDADES DO SISTEMA CIENTÍFICO E TECNOLÓGICO NACIONAL (SAESCTN))
Terms of Reference for the Call for Research and Development Projects UT Austin-Portugal Program International Collaboratory for Emerging (...)

Terms of Reference for the Call for Research and Development Projects


UT Austin-Portugal Program

International Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab


ABSTRACT

This document provides relevant information to the Call for Research and Development Projects for the UT Austin | Portugal Program , issued by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

1 – Project Areas

In the Framework of the “International Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab”, UT Austin|Portugal Program, the Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT, opens a call for the funding of Joint Research and Development Projects in the subject areas specified below by the Program and announced in the website www.utaustinportugal.org . The call is directed to integrated teams of specialists and researchers in areas related to Digital Media, and supports two types of projects, Exploratory and Strategic. Researchers from the areas of computer science and mathematics with interests in the target areas are encouraged to prepare proposals with media researchers. In assembling a proposal, applicants should note the need to include members from multiple universities (including the University of Texas at Austin). We also encourage applicants to carefully develop their proposals in accordance with the outlines below. For the purposes of coordinating with University of Texas personnel, videoconferencing facilities are available.

Type 1 - Exploratory R&D Projects interactive and Advanced Digital Media

This call for Research and Development projects encourages the submission of high risk, exploratory research projects in interactive and advanced Digital Media, bringing together new research ideas and experts working in various related areas. These smaller projects are of more limited duration (see below), and should emphasize graduate student involvement. Proposed research areas include (but are not limited to):

- Environmental music;

- Digital imaging techniques and applications;

- Generative art and its applications;

- Data visualization;

- Strategic uses of digital media in social and/or cultural contexts;

- Contextual and content-driven use of digital interfaces;

- Behavioral analysis based on sensor networks and location-based data;

- Human-computer partnerships and their outcomes for creating new knowledge, new models of research and analysis, and new forms of culture;

- Molecular electronics and digital media;

- Multi-sensorial displays;

- Interfaces using new display technologies;

- Real time video simulations;

- Online video editing;

- Interactive info-graphics;

- Unlimited video archiving;

- Regeneration/repurposing of old media for new purposes;

- Balance between trust and privacy.

· Type 2 - Strategic Research and development projects in Interactive and Advanced Digital Media

This second category of R&D projects is open to the submission of research work oriented towards three strategic areas of CoLab. The three areas include:

- The Future of Television;

- The Future of News;

- Interactive Media Environments / Serious Games.

In each area only the highest quality and most comprehensive project(s) will be approved. Projects must involve at least two distinct research groups in Portugal, include the participation of PhD students, and close collaboration with at least one other research group at The University of Texas at Austin and, if appropriate, a relevant company. The participation of industry is optional, although it would be preferable to include a related industry operating in Portugal or in Austin, (and preferably an industry affiliate of the UT-Portugal program). All projects must address sustainability issues. Research approaches that use data visualization and imaging are encouraged.

The Future of Television – Proposals should address research topics that reflect and reach beyond the current state of digital media and the directions in which the television industry is heading. As the environments of “screens” that make video content available to users in daily life multiply, the notion of television and its industrial forms is evolving. Possible research areas may include: the evolving technological infrastructure and best practices in networked production; consumer behavior and attitudes with “new” media forms; adoption and penetration rates of key technologies in the production and distribution environments and models for gathering future data; new formats/interfaces/distribution platforms; possible roles for Internet-based distribution models; business and economic performance indicators in new platform environments; and reaching and engaging audiences/users in new ways. Visualization and imaging techniques for working with relevant data may represent one avenue of investigation.

The Future of News - Proposals should address research topics in areas relevant to the evolution of news. As with television, models for news creation, circulation and distribution, and consumption are changing rapidly. If news is to maintain its currency for democracy and public life, new models for business, news/information creation and distribution must emerge that meaningfully intersect news consumption patterns. Possible research topics might include: New tools for news production; collaborative news production; data mining (in archives, the Internet and user behavior); archiving and information management for news purposes; novel methodologies for managing large datasets (for example, with compressive sampling); automatic tools for handling news in multiple formats (text, audio and video); advertising; using infography in news; the role of social networks in news creation and circulation; how business models can adjust to new consumer behavior in information/news acquisition.

Research questions may include some of the following: How do users collectively create and filter the stream of news information? What problems (cognitive, search and retrieval, etc.) do they face? What is the relationship between journalism as a profession and the growing contributions from blogs and other informal news sources? What new challenges do collective modes of news production create and which strategies might meet those challenges? How will technology-driven changes in advertising markets reshape the news media landscape? How might new tools for visualizing and artfully presenting large data sets reduce the need for human intermediaries between facts and news consumers? What new kinds of questions can professional journalists ask and answer using digital technologies? Which new business models are appropriate for the news industry, and what are their strengths and weaknesses? What is the nature and impact of viral distribution patterns? How has news consumption changed over the past five years, and why? Visualization and imaging techniques for working with relevant data may represent one avenue of investigation.

Interactive media environments / Serious Games - Proposals should address research topics on the technologies and forms of application of interactive media environments / serious games, particularly in education and culture. Topics may include areas such as 3D, mobility, location-awareness, massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), interactive boards, game strategies and paradigms for user-defined games for culture and education. New ways to use and think about computer-based tools as well as emerging social (individual and group or collective) behaviors may figure into research in this domain. This program area also seeks research on collaborative knowledge building in interactive environments. Demonstrations of serious games for educational purposes may represent one fruitful avenue for investigation. Emerging technologies (hardware, software) that enhance or extend new qualities of interactivity also may be supported. Human-computer partnerships and their outcomes for creating new knowledge, new models of research and analysis, and new forms of culture may represent an exciting research domain. Data visualization and imaging approaches or inquiries may be integrated into significant questions in this domain.

2 - PARTICIPATING ENTITIES

For Exploratory Projects : The Principal Investigator should hold a PhD degree and the proposed research must involve at least two distinct research groups in Portugal and collaboration with a research team(s) at The University of Texas at Austin. The proposed research project must include young researchers in Portugal, preferably with PhD students associated with the UT Austin-Portugal Program. Participation of researchers working across multiple disciplinary approaches is encouraged. Faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin must be involved in the development of research proposals.

For Strategic Projects : Applications must come from projects with two or more research teams of public or private national institutions in Portugal, together with a research team from The University of Texas at Austin and must have the participation of PhD students. The participation of companies is encouraged, especially companies working in Portugal or/and in Austin, and preferably industrial affiliates of the UT Austin|Portugal Program. The Principal Investigator should hold a PhD degree. The proposed research project should include young researchers in Portugal, preferably PhD students associated with the UT Austin|Portugal Program. Faculty members from The University of Texas at Austin are expected to be involved in the development of research proposals. All projects should have a sustainability plan.

3 – ELEMENTS OF THE PROPOSAL

The research proposal must include a literature review that highlights the contemporary state of the research in the proposed area, indicate the positioning of the proposed project in the current research domain, and include explicit statements regarding how the proposed project will contribute to knowledge. The proposal should include specific research questions and provide indicators of the intended outcomes of the research (How would one know if the research was successful? What is a reasonable number of expected publications?). The proposal must contain a detailed research design and/or methodology indicating how the research will be carried out. A procedure for assessing the outcome (an evaluation, for example) should be included.

Pre-proposals are welcome but are limited to three pages in length. Pre-proposals will be accorded special attention and feedback provided to improve the likelihood of research proposal acceptance. Pre-proposals are due no later than 15 of October 2009. It is expected that proposal preparation will occur with intensive participation from research teams across universities. As noted above, videoconferencing may aid in the planning process.

4 - FUNDING

FCT’s public funding will cover human resources, funding for missions, general spending and equipment expenditures. Special relevance will be given in projects that include private co-funding.

The projects are funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES).

Exploratory

The expected duration of each project should be between 12 and 24 months and the budget for each project in Portugal should not exceed 50K€. Funding for The University of Texas at Austin’s faculty members will be provided through CoLab at The University of Texas at Austin and is primarily designed to fund graduate student assistance alongside some ancillary (e.g., travel) costs.

Strategic

The expected duration of each project should be between 18 and 24 months and the budget for each project in Portugal should not exceed 250K€, for The Future of Television, The Future of News and Interactive Media Environments/Serious Games areas. Large capital costs will not be approved.

Funding for The University of Texas at Austin’s faculty members will be provided through CoLab at The University of Texas at Austin and is primarily designed to fund faculty participation and graduate student assistance alongside some ancillary (e.g., travel) costs .

Regulations governing access to funding are available at:

http://alfa.fct.mctes.pt/apoios/projectos/regulamento

5 – APPLICATIONS SUBMISION

The call will be open from September 7th 2009 (9:00 am, GMT+0), until December 11th 2009 at 17:00pm (Portuguese time).

Applications should be submitted electronically (in English) at the website http://concursos.fct.mctes.pt/projectos , starting on September 7th 2009 .

No other forms of submission will be accepted.

6 – EVALUATION AND SELECTION METHODOLOGY

All teams will have their proposals screened by the UT Austin team coordinators with help of external referees appointed by them.

The evaluation and selection process is based on the following criterion:

· The project’s relevance with the subjects defined for each area;

· Scientific merit, relevance, originality and expected results of the proposed project;

· Scientific merit and productivity of the research teams and their qualifications to execute the project;

· Ability to execute the work plan and within a reasonable budget and timeline;

· Ability to integrate the Portuguese research centers, (particularly PH.D. students), and/or involve companies.

Special consideration will be given to the following aspects:

- Involvement of undergraduate and graduate researchers in training;

- Consortia spanning two or more Portuguese universities or R&D institutions;

- Funding and participation from industrial partners.

No applications will be accepted from coordinators that are in a situation of unjustified unfulfillment of the requirements with the FCT, regarding the presentation of the Report for the Project’s execution and the return of unspent money.

7 – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The application forms and call regulations (in Portuguese) are available online, during the period of the call in http://www.fct.mctes.pt/projectos/concursos .

For more information on this call, please visit the Program’s official website ( www.utaustinportugal.org ) or send your questions to the directors of your interest areas: dm.colab@fct.mctes.pt (for Digital Media).

Portugal Details
AGER Agro-food and research (AGER - Agroalimentare e ricerca)
A cooperative programme between 13 national grant-making foundations aimed at the development of the agro-food sector by boosting scientific (...)
A cooperative programme between 13 national grant-making foundations aimed at the development of the agro-food sector by boosting scientific research and innovation.
Most AGER calls contain reference to sustainable development and to the development and use of models. Projects selected in the closed calls include ICT subject such as models, wireless sensors, hw diagnostic tools, databases and information systems, remote sensing.
Italy Details
ACES Antarctic Climate and Earth Systems (Antarctic Climate and Earth Systems)
Objectives: Understand the interactions between atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean at high southern latitudes Develop models to aid our understanding (...)
Objectives:
Understand the interactions between atmosphere, sea-ice and ocean at high southern latitudes
Develop models to aid our understanding of Antarctic regional processes and enable us to represent essential regional phenomena in global models covering both the atmosphere and the ocean
Determine the nature and influence of the principal connections between Antarctica and the global climate system
Determine the importance of water masses of Antarctic origin in the global ocean circulation
Determine the sensitivity of the global climate system to processes occurring or originating in the Antarctic
United Kingdom Details
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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MONTABIO Complex monitoring system for analytical detection and biological evaluation of soil micropollutants for a sustainable environment (Komplex monitoring rendszer összeállítása talaj-mikroszennyezők analitikai kimutatására és biológiai értékelésére a fenntartható környezetért)
The objective of this project is to develop a soil contamination monitoring system capable of complex survey of typical soil contaminants using (...)
The objective of this project is to develop a soil contamination monitoring system capable of complex survey of typical soil contaminants using up-to-date sampling and measurement techniques, and therefore, eliminating environmental protection and environmental analytical limitations due to the agricultural focus of the presently functioning Soil Protection and Monitoring Information System.
Hungary Details
KEWA I Cooperative Development of Economical Applications for the Environment and Transport in New Administrative Structures (Phase I) (Kooperative Entwicklung wirtschaftlicher Anwendungen für Umwelt und Verkehr in neuen Verwaltungsstrukturen, Phase I)
see superordinate programme KEWA (...)
see superordinate programme KEWA
Germany Details
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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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.
Germany Details
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).
 
Italy Details
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.
Spain Details
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.
Greece Details
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.

 

Sweden Details
BodenseeOnline BodenseeOnline - Online Information System for the Management of Lakes using the Example of Lake of Constance (BodenseeOnline - Online Informationssystem für das Management von Seen am Beispiel des Bodensees)
With Lake Constance being used as an example (Upper Lake, i.e. main basin and Lake Überlingen), an online information system is being developed for (...)
With Lake Constance being used as an example (Upper Lake, i.e. main basin and Lake Überlingen), an online information system is being developed for the management of lakes and for the support of water management decisions relating to integrated water protection and accident prevention. The online information system describes, quantifies, and predicts anthropogenic impacts with the help of numerical models.

Source: http://www.bodenseeonline.de/

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