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

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Sustainability Field 1.2
Natural Resources

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
  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.
Croatia Details
  Earth Observation Mission Support (Earth Observation Mission Support)
NERC EO Mission Support Scheme, which replaces the EO Enabling Fund, has been created to support various aspects of satellite missions, including (...)
NERC EO Mission Support Scheme, which replaces the EO Enabling Fund, has been created to support various aspects of satellite missions, including both pre and post launch mission support.
Earth Observation (EO) data provide an unique tool to assess global measurements of physical, chemical and biological processes in the atmosphere, cryosphere, oceans, land surface and the solid Earth. They play an increasingly important role in delivering NERC's scientific objectives as identified in its science strategy.
United Kingdom 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
EMS Environmental Mathematics & Statistics (Environmental Mathematics & Statistics)
Objectives: The programme aimed to: produce more life and environmental scientists who are able to use mathematical, statistical and modelling (...)

Objectives:
The programme aimed to:

produce more life and environmental scientists who are able to use mathematical, statistical and modelling techniques when addressing environmental problems

produce more mathematicians who are working on life science or environmental problems, or devising tools and methods for them.

make mathematicians and statisticians familiar with the practicalities of environmental investigations and

give environmental scientists sufficient understanding of the power (and limitations) of leading-edge mathematical and statistical methodologies, so as to facilitate effective collaborations when tackling environmental issues and devising new approaches to currently insoluble problems

United Kingdom Details
UPB Environmental Probe Database of the German Federation (Umweltprobenbank des Bundes)
Aufgaben und Ziele Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik (...)

Aufgaben und Ziele

Im Rahmen der Umweltprobenbank werden systematisch Umweltproben aus repräsentativen Ökosystemen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gewonnen, charakterisiert und bei Temperaturen unter minus 150° C so gelagert, dass sich die chemische Zusammensetzung ihrer Inhaltsstoffe über Jahrzehnte nicht verändert.

Zur Gewährleistung des hohen wissenschaftlichen Anspruchs an die Umweltprobenbank wurden während der Aufbauphase vorrangig folgende Aufgaben bearbeitet:

 

Die Belegproben der Umweltprobenbank sollen insbesondere für folgende Aufgaben genutzt werden:

  • Kontinuierliche Überwachung der Konzentration gegenwärtig bereits bekannter Schadstoffe durch systematische Charakterisierung (Monitoring) der gewonnenen Proben vor ihrer Archivierung;
  • Trendaussagen über lokale, regionale und globale Entwicklungen der Schadstoffbelastungen auf der Grundlage authentischen Materials aus der Vergangenheit (Trend- und ökotoxikologische Aussagen);
  • Bestimmung der Konzentration von Stoffen, die zur Zeit der Einlagerung (Sicherung) noch nicht als Schadstoffe erkannt waren oder nicht mit ausreichender Genauigkeit analysiert werden konnten (retrospektives Monitoring);
  • Überprüfung früher ermittelter Monitoring-Ergebnisse;
  • Anwendung standardisierter Methodenbeschreibungen (Standardarbeitsanweisungen) für Probentransport, -aufarbeitung, -charakterisierung und -lagerung als notwendige Voraussetzung zur Gewinnung vergleichbarer Ergebnisse;
  • Verwendung als Referenzproben zur Dokumentation der analytischen Leistungsverbesserung.
Germany Details
ADD Federating Programme "Agriculture and Sustainable Development" (Programme Fédératif "Agriculture and Développement Durable")
Agriculture and Sustainable Development (...)
Agriculture and Sustainable Development
France Details
FREE Flood Risk and Extreme Events (Flood Risk and Extreme Events)
Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead. The programme uses environmental (...)
Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) is research to predict floods minutes to weeks and seasons to decades ahead.
The programme uses environmental science to investigate the physical processes involved in generating extreme events, so they can be better forecasted.
Climate change will probably bring more frequent and intense storms to the UK, in turn bringing more floods. At present, flood damage costs the UK about ú1bn each year. So it's essential we improve our ability to forecast, quantify and manage flood risks, and mitigate the effects of climate variability and change, if we're to maintain a sustainable economy. Sound environmental science must underpin our efforts.
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Projects assigned to this field

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)

 

Italy 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
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
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.
Spain Details
CITEAIR, CITEAIR II Common Information to European Air
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic (...)
The development of Europe´s urban centres is in many ways linked with the development of sustainable mobility options. Changes in behaviour, economic growth or recession and structure of the population are factors that have an immediate impact on transport and mobility patterns. Cities and regions are the place where the most complex challenges in transport and environment need to be solved.

Air quality has unquestionably adverse effects on human health. Because the dominant source of environmental impacts in most urban areas is traffic, local and regional authorities must find efficient and integrated solutions for their environmental and traffic problems to increase the quality of life for its citizens. The pressure on European cities and regions to implement the related EU regulations on air quality has led to a multitude of initiatives to develop a concrete sustainability perspective, which compromises between environmental quality and economic growth.

However, the absence of a common approach for the implementation of these regulations has led to isolated solutions which requires an initiative for a) developing better solutions, b) more efficient solutions, c) solutions which go beyond the obligations of the related EU directives, d) creating synergies and e) sharing the know-how, knowledge and experiences.


Germany Details
SPII1A0/45/07 Complex interaction between natural processes and industry with regards to major accident prevention (Komplexní interakce mezi přírodními ději a průmyslem s ohledem na prevenci závažných havárií a krizové řízení)
The project is implemented within the frame of the Research Programme Ministry of Environment for years 2007-2011. The goal of the Research Programme (...)
The project is implemented within the frame of the Research Programme Ministry of Environment for years 2007-2011. The goal of the Research Programme Ministry of Environment is to ensure protection of the environment by means of sustainable use of sources, on the basis of improving the quality of knowledge on interactions of biosphere, ecosystems, and human activities, in particular on the territory of the Czech Republic. The emphasis is put on predicting climate changes, on instruments and technologies for monitoring, prevention, and mitigation of environmental pressures and risks including health risks, as well as on protection of natural and artificial environment.
Czech Republic Details
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