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List of the FP7 projects in the area of Environment with participation of russian organisation:

Research Area Climate Change
The Earth System and Climate: Functioning and abrupt changes


RECONCILE

https://www.fp7-reconcile.eu

Activity Code: ENV.2008.1.1.2.1.
Funding Scheme: CP-FP Duration (Months): 48
Title: Reconciliation of essential process parameters for an enhanced predictability of arctic stratospheric ozone loss and its climate interactions
Abstract:
The extent of polar stratospheric ozone loss – often referred to as the “Ozone Hole” – is significantly influenced by climate change, and in turn, stratospheric ozone has been recognized as an important component in the climate system. To accurately quantify the effects of climate change on stratospheric ozone and the related feedback mechanisms, as well as to make reliable predictions of future ozone loss and the so-called recovery date, a correct representation of all relevant processes is indispensable. However, a number of gaps in the understanding of these processes still exist. The issues where the lack of understanding is most palpable are (a) the catalytic ClOx/BrOx chemistry, (b) chlorine activation on cold stratospheric aerosol, (c) NAT nucleation mechanisms, and (d) mixing and transport of processed air to lower latitudes. The RECONCILE project sets out to address all these issues using a comprehensive approach that includes laboratory and field experiments together with microphysical and chemical transport modelling. RECONCILE will produce and test reliable parameterisations of the key processes in Arctic stratospheric ozone depletion and bridge these to large scale chemistry climate models (CCMs), thereby greatly enhancing their ability to realistically predict the future evolution of Arctic stratospheric ozone loss and the interaction with climate change.
Partners:
Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (DE), The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge (UK), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, e.V. (DE), Alfred-Wegener-Institute für Polar- und Meeresforschung (DE), Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich (CH), Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NO), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR), Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main (DE), Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Sciences e.V. (DE), Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA – Recherche et Développment (CH), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT), Central Aerological Observatory (RU), Ruprechts-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg (DE), Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH (DE), Eotvos Lorand University (HU), Stratosphere-M, Ltd. (RU), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (US), Met Office, for and behalf of the Secretary of State for the Defence of the United Kingdom, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)
 



ECLAIRE
Activity Code: ENV.2011.1.1.2-1
Funding Scheme: CP
Duration (Months): 48
Title: Effects of Climate Change on Air Pollution Impacts and Response Strategies for European Ecosystems
Abstract:
ÉCLAIRE investigates the ways in which climate change alters the threat of air pollution on European land ecosystemsincluding soils. Based on field observations, experimental data and models, it establishes new flux, concentration and doseresponse relationships, as a basis to inform future European policies. Starting with biosphere-atmosphere exchange measurements, ÉCLAIRE quantifies how global warming and altered precipitation will affect emissions of key European primary pollutants (NOx, NH3, VOCs), including interactions with increasing aerosol and hemispheric O3 background concentrations, modifying atmospheric transport and deposition. An ensemble of chemistry transport models will be applied to assess uncertainty in response to harmonized scenarios for climate, emissions and land-use, while high resolution studies will investigate how climate change alters local patterns of pollutant exposure and threshold exceedance. A network of European experiments for contrasting ecosystems and climates, combined with meta-analysis of unpublished datasets, will quantify how climate change alters ecosystem vulnerability to tropospheric O3 and N deposition, including interaction with increased CO2. Combined with special topics on interactions with N form (wet/dry, NHx/NOy), aerosolexacerbated drought stress and BVOC self-protection of O3 effects, novel threshold and dose-response approaches will be developed. These will be combined with regional atmospheric and biogeochemical models to estimate interactions and feedbacks on plant/soil carbon stocks, greenhouse gas balance and plant species change. The new risk assessment chain to be developed will be applied at the European scale, quantifying how projected climate change will alter damage estimates. Combined with economic valuation of ecosystem services, improved integrated assessment modelling will allow a cost-benefit analysis to inform future mitigation and adaptation strategies on air pollution and climate change.
Partners:
Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Lunds Universitet (SE), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DK), Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (NL), Internationales Institut Fuer Angewandte Systemanalyse (AT), Meteorologisk Institutt (NO), Forschungszentrum Juelich Gmbh (DE), Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland (NL), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT), Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie (DE), JRC -Joint Research Centre- European Commission (BE), University Of York (UK), Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique (FR), Rijksinstituut Voor Volksgezondheiden Milieu*National Institutefor Public Health And The Environmenten (NL), Eidgenoessisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement (CH), Goeteborgs Universitet (SE), Erdészeti Tudományos Intézet (HU), Ilmatieteen Laitos (FI), Helsingin Yliopisto (FI), Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (IT), Odessa National I.I. Mechnikov University (UA), Bundesforschungs-Und Ausbildungszentrum Für Wald, Naturgefahren Und Landschaft (AT), Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (ES), Centro De Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales Y Tecnologicasciemat (ES), Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (FR), Sveriges Meteorologiska Och Hydrologiska Institut (SE), State Hydrometeorological Institute (HR), The University Of Edinburgh (UK), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn (DE), Eidgenoessische Forschungsanstalt Wsl (CH), IVL Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB (SE), Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V. (DE), Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science of Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), Dr Michael Holland (UK), Aarhus Universitet (DK), Wageningen Universiteit (NL), Universite Libre De Bruxelles (BE), Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics (BG), Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek – TNO (NL)
 



PAGE21
Activity Code: ENV.2011.1.1.3-1
Funding Scheme: CP
Duration (Months): 48
Title: Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st Century
Abstract:
Permafrost is defined as ground that remains continuously at or below 0°C for at least two consecutive years; some 24% of the land surface in the Northern Hemisphere is classified as permafrost. In the northern high latitudes, strong warming has been observed over the recent decades, and climate models project strong future warming. A projected decline in the extent of permafrost will have a major impact on the Earth system, affecting global climate through the mobilization of carbon and nitrogen stored in permafrost. PAGE21 will aim to understand and quantify the vulnerability of permafrost environments to a changing global climate, and to investigate the feedback mechanisms associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost zones. This research will make use of a unique set of Arctic permafrost investigations performed at stations that span the full range of Arctic bioclimatic zones. The project will bring together the best European permafrost researchers and eminent scientists from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Japan. In a truly original approach we will combine field measurements of permafrost processes, pools, and fluxes, with remote sensing data and global climate models at local, regional and, for the first time, pan-Arctic scales. The output from this research will help to advance our understanding of permafrost processes at multiple scales, resulting in improvements in global numerical permafrost modelling and the ensuing future climate projections, as well as in the assessment of stabilisation scenarios. These outputs will feed into global assessments and international observation programs, in which most of the consortium members are already actively participating in leading roles. This project will, in particular, provide projections on a pan-Arctic scale of greenhouse gas releases from the projected thawing of permafrost terrain during the 21st century, with direct implications for global policy discussions on emission reduction targets.
Partners:
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Fuer Polar- Und Meeresforschung (DE), University Centre in Svalbard (NO), Stockholms Universitet (SE), Vereniging Voor Christelijk Hoger Onderwijs Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek En Patientenzorg (NL), Technische Universitaet Wien (AT), Universite Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1 (FR), The University Of Exeter (UK), Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V. (DE), Lunds Universitet (SE), Københavns Universitet (DK), Universitaet Hamburg (DE), Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives (FR), Met Office (UK), Ilmatieteen Laitos (FI), Itä-Suomen yliopisto (FI), Insitute For Biological Problems Of Cryolithozone Siberian Branch Russian Academy Of Sciences (RU), Nordurslodagattin (IS), M V Lomonosov Moscow State University (RU)
 



ATP

http://www.eu-atp.org

Activity Code: ENV.2008.1.1.5.2.
Funding Scheme: CP-IP
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Arctic Tipping Points
Abstract:
The broad interdisciplinary consortia assembled in the Arctic Tipping Points (ATP) project will be managed (WP1) to identify the elements of the Arctic marine ecosystem likely to show abrupt changes in response to climate change, and establish the levels of the corresponding climate drivers inducing the regime shift for these tipping elements. ATP will evaluate the consequences of crossing those tipping points, and the associated risks and opportunities for economic activities dependent on the Arctic marine ecosystem. Historical records of Arctic climate change and projections of future changes in Arctic sea climate and ice systems are compiled (WP2), and time series of Arctic ecosystem components analysed using novel statistical tools to detect regime shifts and ecological thresholds and tipping points, and evaluate their sensitivity to climatic forcing (WP3). Experimental manipulations and comparative analyses across broad climatic ranges will be used to detect climatic thresholds and tipping points of Arctic organisms and ecosystems, using genome-wide analyses to develop genomic markers of climate-driven stress useful as early-warning indicators of the proximity of tipping points (WP4). A biological-physical coupled 3 D model will be used to generate future trajectories of Arctic ecosystems under projected climate change scenarios and to identify their consequences for the Arctic ecosystem (WP5). The impacts of abrupt changes in the Arctic ecosystems for activities of strategic importance for the European Arctic and the associated impacts on employment and income will be elucidated, and policies and legislative frameworks to adapt and mitigate these impacts will be analysed (WP 6). The effectiveness of possible alternative, post-Kyoto policies and stabilization targets in avoiding climate-driven thresholds in the Arctic ecosystem will be examined, and the results and projections will be conveyed to policy makers, economic sectors and the public in general (WP7).
Partners:
University of Tromsø (NO), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Akvaplan-niva AS (NO), SINTEF Fiskeri og havbruk AS (NO), Aarhus Universitet (DK), Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (PL), University of Cambridge (UK), Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (FR), Centre of Marine Sciences (PT), Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GL)
 



PROMITHEAS-4

http://www.promitheasnet.kepa.uoa.gr

Activity Code: ENV.2010.1.1.6-2
Funding Scheme: CSA
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Knowledge transfer and research needs for preparing mitigation/adaptation policy portfolios
Abstract:
The project’s aims are the development and evaluation of mitigation/adaptation (M/A) policy portfolios and the prioritization of research needs and gaps for twelve (12) countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine) characterized as emerging economies. The achievement of these aims is ensured through seven (7) work packages (WP) corresponding to the following project’s main objectives, Evaluation of available data and information (WP1), Choice and implementation of models (WP2), Scenarios and policy portfolios (WP3), Evaluation of policy portfolios (WP4), Prioritization of research gaps and needs (WP5), Training – Dissemination (WP6), Management (WP7). The overall strategy is based on Development (WP1, WP2, and WP3), Implementation (WP3), Evaluation (WP4) and Knowledge Transfer (WP6) towards scientists and decision makers of both public and private sectors from the aforementioned emerging economies; scientific research needs and gaps (WP5) will be identified and listed in an inventory as well. The knowledge transfer (training – dissemination) includes a combination of training and of a continuous flow of information to decision makers of the public and private sectors of the participating emerging economies. Training includes tele-teaching and one case study seminar (in-situ) plus the provision of the necessary means (data base, software licenses plus the instruction material that will be developed during the relevant tasks of the project). Scientists and decision makers of both the public and private sector will be encouraged to participate in the training procedures and benefit from the project’s dissemination activities. The dissemination activities include official presentations and deliberations with the governmental bodies of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) (Ministerial Meetings, Working Groups on Environment, Energy, Science and Technology, etc), the national competent authorities and relevant stakeholders, twelve (12) national workshops, a final international conference, a world wide disseminated newsletter, a main website with fifteen (15) linked websites, papers in scientific journals and conferences, editions. A close cooperation, at regional and national level with the BSEC Permanent Secretariat (PERMIS), the Business Council (BC-BSEC), the relevant ministries and local market forces (Industry, SMEs, banking sector, NGOs, etc) will enhance the socio-economic impact of the project. Additional efforts will be carried out for coordinated action with
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international programmes in the region. The project’s duration is 36 months and the budget 961,455.00 €
Partners:
National And Kapodistrian University Of Athens (EL), National Observatory Of Athens (EL), Institut Fuer Hoehere Studien Und Wissenschaftliche Forschung (AT), TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (TR), Scientific Research Institute Of Energy (AM), University Of Belgrade - Faculty Of Mining And Geology (RS), Institutul De Energetica Al Academiei De Stiinte A Moldovei (MD), Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (EL), Finansoviy Universitet Pri Pravitelstve Rossiyskoy Federacii (RU), Institutul De Studii Si Proiectari Energetice Sa (RO), Universiteti Politeknik I Tiranes (AL), Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic (AZ), Black Sea Regional Energy Centre (BG), Nacionalniy Tehnichniy Universitet Ukraini Kiivskiy Politehnichniy Institut (UA), Research And Production Firm KAZCHIMINVEST Llc*KAZHIMINVEST (KZ), Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (EE)
ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH



ArcRisk

http://www.arcrisk.eu

Activity Code: ENV.2008.1.2.1.2.
Funding Scheme: CP-FP
Duration (Months): 48
Title: Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling
Abstract:
Long-range transport of contaminants to the Arctic, the resulting exposures observed in Arctic human populations, and impacts of such exposures on human health have been the subject of considerable work in recent years, providing a baseline against which to compare future developments.Global climate change has the potential to remobilize environmental contaminants and alter contaminant transport pathways, fate, and routes of exposure in human populations. The Arctic is particularly sensitive to climate change and already exhibits clear impacts. Thus, research into contaminant exposure and its effects on human health in the Arctic, in comparison with other exposed populations in Europe, presents an opportunity to gain insight into changes that may later impact other areas.The influence of climate change on contaminant spreading and transfer and the resultant risk to human populations in the Arctic and other areas of Europe will be studied by: 1)Research on the ways in which climate change will affect the long-range transport and fate of selected groups of contaminants, and possible implications for the re-distribution of contaminants (geographically and between relevant environmental media). This will involve modelling, utilizing the information base that exists on the distribution of such contaminants in the Arctic and other areas of Europe; 2)Research on the impacts that changing pathways and climatic conditions will have on contaminant uptake and transfer within food webs, leading to foods consumed by humans. This will involve experimental work, process studies and targeted analytical studies, the latter focussed on supporting the modelling work and process studies related to human exposure to contaminants; 3)Research focussing on human health, aimed at determining how climate-mediated changes in the environmental fate of selected groups of contaminants will result in changes in exposure of human populations, in the Arctic and in selected areas of Europe
Partners:
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (NO), Stockholms universitet (SE), Aarhus Universitet (DK), Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung (DE), Lancaster University (UK), University Centre in Svalbard (NO), Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd (SE), University of Oulu (FI), Norsk institutt for luftforskning (NO), Jožef Stefan Institute (SI), O.A.Sys - Ocean Atmosphere Systems, Dres. Karcher, Kauker, Schnur GbR (DE), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (DE), Swiss Federal Insitute of Technology (CH), Masaryk University (CZ), Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NO), University of Tromsø (NO), Northwest Public Health Research Center (Russian Ministry of Health and Sciences) (RU), Environment Canada, Aquatic Ecosystem Protection Research Division (CA), Arctic Ecosystem Health Freshwater Institute, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (CA), Health Canada, Safe Environments Programme Environmental Health (CA).
NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT


LAGOONS
Activity Code: ENV.2011.2.1.1-1
Funding Scheme: CP
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change
Abstract:
Issue: The environmental issue of concern of the LAGOONS project is the anthropogenic deterioration and climate change impacts - especially the effects of extreme weather events- on surface water and lagoons ecosystems. Objectives: The main objective of the LAGOONS project is to contribute to a science-based seamless strategy - in an integrated and coordinated fashion - of the management of lagoons seen under the land-sea and science-policy-stakeholder interface; i.e., the project seek to underpin the integration of the EU Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, the EU’s ICZM Recommendation, and the EU Marine Strategy Directive. Methodology: Four case study lagoons have been selected to represent a set of "hotspot" coastal lagoons with a wide and balanced geographical distribution and different characteristics. The lagoons included are: Vistula Lagoon in Baltic Sea (transboundary Poland/Russia); Tylygulskyi Lagoon in Black Sea (Ukraine); Ria de Aveiro Lagoon in Atlantic Ocean (Portugal), and Mar Menor in the Mediterranean Sea (Spain). By means of elaborating integrated strategies for sustainable development of the case study lagoons in the climate change context, the LAGOONS project will contribute to the goals of the Call showing that it is possible to enhance connectivity between research and policy-making in a lagoons context using a proactive approach to water issues, which assures more efficient use of existing research results. Impact: In management terms, LAGOONS will contribute to the decision-support methodologies for a coordinated approach to the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Directive. In addition, LAGOONS will propose actions to tackle bottlenecks in the context of climate change, i.e., LAGOONS will propose actions foreseen in the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy - A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Partners:
Universidade De Aveiro (PT), Norwegian Institute For Agricultural And Environmental Research – Bioforsk (NO), Instytut Budownictwa Wodnego Polskiej Akademii Nauk (PL), RU, Morski Instytut Rybacki w Gdyni (PL), University Of Dundee (UK), UA, Potsdam Institut Fuer Klimafolgenforschung (DE), Universidad De Murcia (ES)
   



Twin2Go

http://www.twin2go.uos.de/

Activity Code: ENV.2008.2.1.2.2.
Funding Scheme: CSA-CA
Duration (Months): 24
Title: Coordinating Twinning partnerships towards more adaptive Governance in river basins
Abstract:
Over the past years, the EU has funded several projects that undertook research on specific integrated water resources management (IWRM) issues in case studies carried out on twinned river basins from Europe and from developing countries. The aim of Twin2Go now is to review, assess, synthesize and consolidate the outcomes of these projects in order to make them transferable and applicable to other basins, and to disseminate the project results effectively to relevant authorities, stakeholders and end-users. This will contribute to the overall goal to underpin the implementation of IWRM in line with the targets of the EU Water Initiative. In order to achieve this aim, Twin2Go will elaborate a methodology that allows comparative analysis and synthesis of the outcomes of the diverse projects. The consolidated outcomes will feed into best practice guidelines for the adoption and implementation of sustainable water resources management plans. To ensure up-take of the research results in water resources management practice and political decision making, all synthesis activities will involve stakeholders from the projects and basins and synthesis results will be effectively disseminated to all relevant levels of target groups including high level decision makers in water policy. In its effort, Twin2Go will focus its activities on the thematic priority ‘adaptive water governance in the context of climate change’ and cluster past and ongoing twinning projects along their target regions (Latin America, Africa, NIS, South and South East Asia).Through its co-ordinating activities, Twin2Go will bring together participants and lead partners from past and ongoing projects as well as international water networks. This will allow increasing the output and benefit of ongoing research by consolidating results, exploiting synergies and thus build up the critical mass that will promote uptake of research results and reaching audiences at a higher level of decision making.
Partners:
University of Osnabrück (DE), Adelphi Research (DE), VITUKI - Environmental Protection and Water Management Research Institute (HU), Soresma NV (BE), DHI (DK), Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (DE), Independent Non-commercial Organization Environmental Policy Research and Consulting (RU), Chiang Mai University (TH)
MARINE ENVIRONMENT



HERMIONE

http://www.eu-hermione.net

Activity Code: ENV.2008.2.2.1.2.
Funding Scheme: CP-IP
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European seas
Abstract:
The HERMIONE project is designed to make a major advance in our knowledge of the functioning of deep-sea ecosystems and their contribution to the production of goods and services. This will be achieved through a highly interdisciplinary approach (including biologists, ecologists, microbiologists, biogeochemists, sedimentologists, physical oceanographers, modelers and socio-economists) that will integrate biodiversity, specific adaptions and biological capacity in the context of a wide range of highly vulnerable deep-sea habitats. Gaining this understanding is crucial, because these ecosystems are now being affected by climate change and impacted by man through fishing, resource extraction, seabed installations and pollution. To design and implement effective governance strategies and management plans we must understand the extent, natural dynamics and interconnection of ocean ecosystems and integrate socio-economic research with natural science. The study sites include the Arctic, North Atlantic and Mediterranean and cover a range of ecosystems including cold-water corals, canyons, cold and hot seeps, seamounts and open slopes and deep-basins. The project will make strong connections between deep-sea science and user needs. HERMIONE will enhance the education and public perception of the deep-ocean issues also through some of the major EU aquaria. These actions, together with GEOSS databases that will be made available, will create a platform for discussion between a range of stakeholders, and contribute to EU environmental policies.
Partners:
Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'exploitation De La Mer (FR), Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Voor Zeeonderzoek (NIOZ) (NL), Universitat De Barcelona (ES), Hellenic Centre For Marine Research (EL), Leibniz-Institut Fuer Meereswissenschaften An Der Universitaet Kiel (DE), Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT), Alfred-Wegener-Institut Fuer Polar- Und Meeresforschung (DE), Universitetet I Tromsoe (NO), National University Of Ireland, Galway (IE), Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg (DE), Universiteit Gent (BE), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per Le Scienze Del Mare (IT), Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V. (DE), Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (FR), Instituto Hidrografico (PT), Jacobs University Bremen GMBH (DE), Universitaet Bremen (DE), Cardiff University (UK), Havforskningsinstituttet (NO), Goeteborgs Universitet (SE), University Of Southampton (UK), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen - Knaw (NL), The University Court Of The University Of Aberdeen (UK), The University Of Liverpool (UK), The Scottish Association For Marine Science (UK), Universidade De Aveiro (PT), Universite Pierre Et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (FR), P.P. Shirshov institute of Oceanology of Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), United Nations Environment Programme (KE), Universidade dos Açores (PT), Median SCP (ES), ArchimediX, Möckl & Munzel GbR (DE), Panepistimio Thessalias (University Of Thessaly) (EL), University College Cork, National University Of Ireland, Cork (IE), National Marine Aquarium Ltd. (UK), Costa Edutainment S.P.A (IT), Heriot-Watt University (UK)
 



GREENSEAS

http://greenseas.nersc.no

Activity Code: ENV.2007.2.2.1.8.
Funding Scheme: CSA-SA
Duration (Months): 30
Title: Development of global plankton data base and model system for eco-climate early warning
Abstract:
GreenSeas shall advance the quantitative knowledge of how planktonic marine ecosystems, including phytoplankton, bacterioplankton and zooplankton, will respond to environmental and climate changes. To achieve this GreenSeas will employ a combination of observation data, numerical simulations and a cross-disciplinary synthesis to develop a high quality, harmonized and standardized plankton and plankton ecology long time-series, data inventory and information service. The focus will be on capturing the latitudinal gradients, biogeographical distributions and provinces in the planktonic ecosystem from the Arctic, through the Atlantic and into the Southern Ocean. It will build on historical data-sets, and ongoing multidisciplinary ocean planktonic ecosystem monitoring programs, enhanced where possible with an emphasis on the Southern Ocean. GreenSeas will also enhance international cooperative links with other plankton monitoring and analysis surveys around the globe. The heart of the GreenSeas concept is establishing a ‘core’ service following the open and free data access policy implemented in the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. Using state-of-the-art web-based data delivery systems the ‘core’ service will make available both new and historical plankton data and information products along with error-quantified numerical simulations to a range of users. Connecting with ‘downstream’ services GreenSeas will moreover offer ecosystem assessment and indicator reports tailored
for decision makers, stakeholders and other user groups contributing in the policy making process. Finally, knowledge transfer will be guaranteed throughout the project lifetime, while the legacy of the GreenSeas database web-server will be maintained for at least 5 years beyond the project lifetime.
Partners:
Stiftelsen Nansen Senter For Fjernmaaling (NO), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), Uni Research As (NO), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Murmansk Marine Biological Institute of the Kola Science centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), Council For Scientific And Industrial Research (ZA), University Of Cape Town (ZA), Centro Euro-Mediterraneo Per I Cambiamenti Climatici Scarl (IT), Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande-Furg (BR)
 



CASPINFO

http://www.caspinfo.net/

Activity Code: ENV.2007.2.2.1.8.
Funding Scheme: CSA-SA
Duration (Months): 30
Title: CASPIAN ENVIRONMENTAL AND INDUSTRIAL DATA & INFORMATION SERVICE
Abstract:
CASPINFO is aiming at improving of cooperation between marine scientists, oil & gas industry and governments in the Caspian Sea region through:·Initiation and establishment of a co-operative Caspian Sea, trans-national partnership (Data & Information Network consisting of representatives of marine environmental data & information centres/services, governmental stakeholders, oil & gas industries and commercial oriented data brokerages), that will strengthen the quality, service and overall performance of marine environmental and industrial data & information management, both on regional, national and international level.·Development and establishment of an Internet based Caspian Data & Information Service to improve the implementation of integrated (environmental, industrial and administrative) management information, and to provide a tool for effective exchange of information, accessibility of data & and information, and communication·Development of marketing and business opportunities and strategies for commercial industrial and environmental data for sustainable exploitation of these partly commercial and partly non-commercial data: the extra challenge of the project is to deal with a mix of commercial and non commercial data.CASPINFO will result in:·Improved and sustainable data & information exchange between (public and private) environmental, industrial and governmental stakeholders within the Caspian Sea region·Direct involvement of the main data and information stakeholders
Partners:
Mariene Informatie Service 'MARIS' BV (NL), Sumgayit Center for Environmental Rehabilitation (AZ), Institute of Geography (AZ), «INSTITUTE of GEOGRAPHY» Center of sciences about the Earth, metallurgy and enrichment» Committee of a science of the Ministry of Education and a science of Re (KZ), Caspian Environment Programme, Programme Coordination Unit (IR), State oceanographic Institute (RU), Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution (RU), P.P.Shirshov Institute of oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences (RU), State Institution “Caspian Marine Scientific Research Center” (RU), Institute of Environmental Geoscience RAS (RU), JSC Geo Hazar (RU), Black Sea Commission (TR), Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (EL), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IT), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (AZ), Joint Stock Company National Company KazMunaiGas (KZ), Dagestan University (RU), Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography, dept. of Cartography and Geoinformatics (RU), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (FR)
ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES INCLUDING CULTURAL HERITAGE
Sub-Activity Environmental technologies for observation, simulation, prevention, mitigation, adaptation, remediation and restoration of the natural and man-made environment



HydroNet

http://www.hydronet-project.eu/

Activity Code: ENV.2007.3.1.1.2.
Funding Scheme: CP-FP
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Floating Sensorised Networked Robots for Water Monitoring
Abstract:
Water is one of our most precious and valuable resources. It is important to determine how to fairly use, protect and preserve water. New strategies and new technologies are needed to assess the chemical and ecological status of water bodies and to improve the water quality and quantity. The relatively recent progress in micro-electronics and microfabrication technologies has allowed a miniaturization of sensors and devices, opening a series of new exciting possibilities for water monitoring. Moreover, robotics and advanced ICTbased technology can dramatically improve detection and prediction of risk/crisis situations, providing new tools for the global management of the water resources. The HydroNet proposal is aimed at designing, developing and testing a new technological platform for improving the monitoring of water bodies based on a network of autonomous, floating and sensorised mini-robots, embedded in an Ambient Intelligence infrastructure. Chemo- and bio-sensors, embedded in the mobile robots will be developed and used for monitoring in real time physical parameters and pollutants in water bodies. Enhanced mathematical models will be developed for simulating the pollutants transport and processes in rivers, lakes and sea. The unmanaged, self-assembling and self-powered wireless infrastructure, with an ever-decreasing cost per unit, will really support decisional bodies and system integrators in managing water bodies resources. The robots and sensors will be part of an Ambient Intelligence platform, which will integrate not only sensors for water monitoring and robot tasks execution, but also communications backhaul systems, databases technologies, knowledge discovery in databases (KDD) processes for extracting and increasing knowledge on water management. Following the computation on stored data, feedback will be sent back to human actors (supervisors, decision makers, industrial people, etc.) and/or artificial actuators, in order to perform actions.
Partners:
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (IT), Synapsis - Societa' A Responsabilita' Limitata (IT), University of Science of Central Switzerland, Lucerne School of Engineering and Architecture (CH), Jožef Stefan Institute (SI), Lumex-marketing JSC (RU), Norsk institutt for luftforskning (NO), Univerza v Ljubljani (SI), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (IL), Inštitut za fizikalno biologijo d.o.o. (SI), RoboTech srl (IT)
 



ModelPROBE

http://www.modelprobe.ufz.de/

Activity Code: ENV.2007.3.1.2.2.
Funding Scheme: CP-FP
Duration (Months): 42
Title: Model driven Soil Probing, Site Assessment and Evaluation
Abstract:
Conventional techniques for site characterization are time consuming, cost intensive, and do not support decision making. Therefore, new techniques for step by step site characterization strategy with smart feed back loops are necessary. These will be able to support a future “soil framework directive”. Advanced geophysical site characterization techniques combined with new types of vegetation analysis will be developed. Based on these non-invasive surveys, the extension of sources, contamination levels (THP, BTEX, PAH, CHC, explosives, heavy metals and radio nuclides) and soil heterogeneities will be localized first. Hot spots will then be investigated by new direct push probing systems integrated with geophysical & hydrogeological methods and combined with chemical & isotopic contaminant analysis for source localization and identification (environmental forensics). The actually occurring bioprocesses, such as contaminant degradation or precipitation/mobilization processes, will be assessed using biosensors, in situ microcosms, and stable isotope and biomarker analysis. These new techniques and tools will be evaluated against best practice of conventional methods. Therefore, they will be applied at fully equipped and characterized European reference sites available in the project and will be provided to consultants and SME´s for application. Integrated statistical analysis and modelling at different stages of the step by step approach will result in an improved view of soil and subsurface contamination and will provide a sound basis for risk assessment and decision.
Partners:
Helmholtz - Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ (DE), Università degli Studi di Padova (IT), Battelle Memorial Institute, Battelle Geneva Research Centre (CH), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IT), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DK), Earth Tech CZ s.r.o. (CZ), Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (DE), Lancaster University (UK), Aarhus Universitet (DK), Queens University Belfast, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engeneering (UK), Université catholique de Louvain (BE), La Sapienza Università di Roma CERI (IT), Saint-Petersburg State University (RU), CREATEC (IT), Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (DE)
  MARINE ENVIRONMENT



THESEUS

http://www.theseusproject.eu

Activity Code: ENV.2009.3.1.6.1.
Funding Scheme: CP-IP
Duration (Months): 48
Title: Innovative coastal technologies for safer European coasts in a changing climate
Abstract:
Coastal areas are vital economic hubs in terms of settlement, industry, agriculture, trade and tourism to mention some key sectors. There are already many coastal problems including erosion, flood risk and long-term habitat deterioration. As economies continue to develop the asset base at risk will grow, while accelerating climate change will increase the likelihood of damaging extreme events, as well as accelerate habitat decline. Existing coastal management and defence approaches are not well tuned to these challenges as they assume a static situation.THESEUS will develop a systematic approach to delivering both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy habitats for evolving coastal zones subject to multiple change factors. The innovative combined mitigation and adaptation technologies to be considered will include ecologically-based mitigation measures (such as restoration and/or creation of habitats), hydro-morphodynamic techniques (such as sediment reservoirs, multi-purpose structures, or overtop resistant dikes), actions to reduce the impact on society and economy (such as promotion of risk awareness or spatial planning) and GIS-based software to support defence planning. To integrate the best of these technical measures in a strategic policy context we will develop overarching THESEUS guidelines which will considers the environmental, social and economic issues raised in any coastal area. It is in this spirit that THESEUS will advance European and international experience in applying innovative technologies to reducing coastal risks. THESEUS activities will be carried out within a multidisciplinary framework using 16 study sites across Europe and the world, with specific attention to the most vulnerable coastal environments such as deltas, estuaries and wetlands, where many large cities and industrial areas are located.
Partners:
Alma Mater Studiorum-Universita Di Bologna (IT), Universidad De Cantabria (ES), University of Plymouth Higher Education Corporation (UK), Aalborg Universitet (DK), Infram International BV (NL), GKSS - Forschungszentrum Geesthacht Gmbh (DE), University Of Southampton (UK), Universite De Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines. (FR), CENTRE D'etudes Techniques Maritimes Et Fluviales (FR), Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation (UK), Instytut Meteorologii i Gospodarki Wodnej (Institute of Meteorology and Water Management) (PL), Institute Of Oceanology - Bulgarian Academy Of Sciences (BG), Athens University Of Economics And Business — Research Center (EL), Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen - KNAW (NL), CORILA-Consorzio Per La Gestione Del Centro Di Coordinamento Delle Attivita Di Ricerca Inerenti Il Sistema Lagunare Di Venezia (IT), Instytut Budownictwa Wodnego Polskiej Akademii Nauk (PL), Bangor University (UK), Bureau De Recherches Geologiques Et Minieres (FR), Hamburg Port Authority (DE), EID Méditerranée (FR), Latvijas Universitate (LV), Istituto Superiore per la Ricerca e la Protezione Ambientale (ISPRA) (IT), Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee VZW (BE), Aristotle University of Thessalomiki (EL), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), Marine Hydrophysical Institute of National Academy of sciences of Ukraine (UA), P.P. Shirshov Institute Of Oceanology Of Russian Academy Of Sciences (RU), University of Delaware (US)
EARTH OBSERVATION



ERA-CLIM
Activity Code: ENV.2010.4.1.2-1.
Funding Scheme: CP
Duration (Months): 36
Title: European Re-Analysis of global CLIMate observations
Abstract:
ERA-CLIM will develop observational datasets suitable for global climate studies, with a focus on the past 100 years. These datasets will include atmospheric, oceanic, and terrestrial observations from a variety of sources, high-resolution global reanalysis products of the observations, and associated data quality information needed for climate applications. The project will use existing climate data records and make a substantial contribution to filling known gaps in these records. Proposed data recovery efforts will focus on upper-air observations made in the first half of the 20th century, as well as near-surface observations of wind and humidity, in all regions of the globe. A specific goal for the project is to improve the quality and consistency of climate observations through reanalysis. Together with other in-situ and remote-sensing datasets available from existing data archives, the observations collected for ERA-CLIM will be included in a newly developed Observation Feedback Archive. Quality feedback information for this archive, including data departures and bias estimates, will be generated during several new pilot reanalyses, as well as from existing reanalysis datasets. The pilot reanalyses and the Observation Feedback Archive will be made available to users world-wide as a unique resource for climate research and observational studies of the Earth system.
Partners:
European Centre For Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK), Met Office (UK), Universitaet Wien (AT), Universitaet Bern (CH), All-Russian Research Institute Of Hydrometeorological Information-World Data Centre (RU), Fundacao Da Faculdade De Ciencias Da Universidade De Lisboa (PT), The European Organisation For The Exploitation Of Meteorological Satellites (DE), Meteo-France (FR)
   



ImpactMin

http://www.impactmin.eu/

Activity Code: ENV.2009.4.1.3.2.
Funding Scheme: CP-SICA
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Impact Monitoring of Mineral Resources Exploitation
Abstract:
ImpactMin will develop new methods and a corresponding toolset for the environmental impact monitoring of mining operations using Earth Observations. Novel technology will be proposed for the combined use of satellite remote sensing, aerial lightweight measurements and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Results will be visualised by taking full advantages of Virtual Reality applications and 3D GIS. The proposed methods will be validated at four demonstration sites in Sweden, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Romania and Russia. The theoretical advancement in science and technology will be made public knowledge with the help of a free multimedia e-learning programme whereas the tools and foreground knowledge will be commercialised by the participating SMEs. The scientific challenge is to use remote sensing technologies to develop cost-effective, reliable and repeatable approaches for monitoring the impact of mining activities on the environment through time, in order to identify, predict and prevent potentially serious consequences for the natural and human environment. On the one hand it is of great importance that the amount of detail obtained from these data sources is sufficient to monitor relatively small changes through time. On the other hand it is essential that the methods used are sufficiently flexible to operate under different circumstances at acceptable cost. The composition of project partnership and the selection of demonstration sites correspond to European interests in both accessing strategic minerals needed for the European economy and the need to monitor and control environmental pollution from these sources.
Partners:
Geonardo Environmental Technologies Ltd (HU), GEOSENSE (NL), University of Exeter (UK), Lulea University of Technology (SE), Photon d.o.o. Split (HR), University of Mostar (BA), Institute of Mineralogy Russian Academy of Sciences (Urals branch) (RU), Universitatea Babes-Bolyai (RO), Ukrainian Land and Resource Management Center (UA), DMT GmbH & Co.KG (DE), Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. (BE)
   



GMOS

http://www.gmos.eu/

Activity Code: ENV.2010.4.1.3-2
Funding Scheme: CP
Duration (Months): 60
Title: Global Mercury Observation System
Abstract:
The overall goal of the proposed project is to develop a coordinated global observation system for mercury able to provide temporal and spatial distributions of mercury concentrations in ambient air and precipitation over land and over surface waters at different altitudes and latitudes around the world. This will then provide high quality data for the validation and application of regional and global scale atmospheric models, to give to governments, national and international organisations and stakeholders a firm basis for future policy development and implementation. Specific objectives of the proposed project are (a) to establish a Global Observation System for Mercury (GMOS) able to provide ambient concentrations and deposition fluxes of mercury species around the world, by combining observations from permanent ground-based stations, and from oceanographic and tropospheric measurement campaigns; (b) to validate regional and global scale atmospheric mercury modelling systems able to predict temporal variations and spatial distributions of atmospheric mercury entering to and re-emitted from terrestrial and aquatic receptors; (c) to evaluate and identify sourcereceptor relationships at country scale and their temporal trends for current and projected scenarios of mercury emissions from anthropogenic and natural sources; (d) to develop interoperable tools to allow the sharing of observational and models output data produced by GMOS. The overarching goal of GMOS is to support the achievement of goals set by the GEO / GEOSS, and specifically of the GEO Task HE-09-02d and contribute to the advancement of our scientific understanding in the nine Societal Benefit Areas (SBA) established in GEOSS. The proposed project will rely on the results and knowledge acquired in the framework of past EU projects (i.e., MAMCS, MOE, MERCYMS) and international programs (i.e., UNECE TF HTAP; UNEP F&T partnership area).
Partners:
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT), Norsk Institutt For Luftforskning (NO), Ivl Svenska Miljoeinstitutet AB (SE), Jozef Stefan Institute (SI), Consejo Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas Y Tecnicas (AR), Institut Francais De Recherche Pour L'exploitation De La Mer (FR), Instituut Voor Toegepaste Techniek (SR), Goeteborgs Universitet (SE), Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia (IT), Aarhus Universitet (DK), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum Fur Material- Und Kustenforschung GMBH (DE), Universite Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1 (FR), University Of York (UK), Institute of Geochemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences (CN), Associacao Dos Pesquisadores Do Experimento De Grande Escala Da Biosfera-Atmosfera Na Amazonia (BR), Meteorological Synthesizing Centreeast*MSC-EAST MSC-E (RU), Max Planck Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Wissenschaften E.V. (DE) JRC -Joint Research Centre- European Commission (BE), Anna University Chennai (IN), South African Weather Service (ZA), Instituto Nacional De Meteorologia E Geofisica (CV), Ministry Of Environment And Mineral Resources (KE), Latvijas Universitate (LV), Saint Petersburg State University - SPSU (RU)
   



EnviroGRIDS

http://www.envirogrids.net

Activity Code: ENV.2008.4.1.4.1.
Funding Scheme: CP-SICA
Duration (Months): 48
Title: Building Capacity for a Black Sea Basin Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development
Abstract:
The Black Sea Basin is internationally recognized for its ecologically unsustainable development and inadequate resource management leading to severe environmental, social and economical problems. EnviroGRIDS aims at developing a Black Sea Basin Observation System that will store, analyze, visualize and disseminate information on past, present and future states of the region to assess and predict its sustainability and vulnerability. A gap analysis will identify specific areas where most efforts are needed. As climatic and hydrological changes are of concern, their impacts on several societal benefits areas of the Group on Earth Observation will be evaluated, namely on environment and health, energy, water, ecosystems, agriculture, biodiversity and environmental risks. EnviroGRIDS will rely on ultra-modern technology using the largest gridded computing infrastructure in the world. It will serve as a benchmark for the development of the European directive on Infrastructure for Spatial Information and for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems. Spatially-explicit scenarios of drivers of changes such as climate, demography and land cover will be created. EnviroGRIDS will be validated through several thematic implementations within the Black Sea basin. Finally, a web-based observation system including attractive visualisation tools will warn target populations about environmental risks and help regional/governmental agencies to prepare the most adequate responses. Capacity building will be based on a networking platforms supported by state-of-theart e-learning courses on the internet and on DVD. The aim is to raise public and decision makers’ awareness on key environmental issues and observation system technologies by organizing live and virtual trainings. Through the combination of all these activities, EnviroGRIDS will improve data access and use in the Black Sea basin, and build regional capacity on Observation Systems to favour its sustainable development.
Partners:
Université de Genève (CH), arx iT Consulting (CH), Melitopol State Pedagogical University (UA), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (AT), Black Sea Regional Energy Centre (BG), Ceske Centrum pro Vedu a Spolecnost (CZ), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CH), Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (IT), Institutul National De Cercetare – Dezvoltare Delta Dunarii Tulcea (RO), Danube Hydrometeorological Observatory (UA), Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz (CH), GIS & RS Consulting Center GeoGraphic Ltd (GE), Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas (UA), Institute of Geography - Romanian Academy (RO), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (NL), International Institute for Sustainable Development (CH), Istanbul Technical University (TR), National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management (RO), Odessa National University (UA), St. Petersburg State University (RU), V.I. Vernadsky Taurida National University (UA), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ES), United Nations University (JP), Ukrainian Scientific and Research Institute of Ecological Problems (UA), Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (RO), VITUKI, Enviromental Protection and Water Management Research Institute (HU), SORESMA NV (BE).
ASSESSMENT TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT



SUST-RUS

http://sust-rus.org/en/

Activity Code: ENV.2007.4.2.1.3.
Funding Scheme: CP-SICA
Duration (Months): 36
Title: Spatial-economic-ecological model for the assessment of sustainability policies of Russia
Abstract:
The objective of the study is to develop and implement for Russia an integrated spatio-economic-ecological modelling approach, which represents the state-of-the-art in different areas of economic, transport, resource-use and environmental modelling, and can be used to assist policy makers in their choice of medium and long-term sustainability policies. This implies the following interrelated aims:odevelop modelling approach, which represents the state-of-the-art in impact assessment modelling and corresponds the complexity of the sustainability issueobuild consistent database necessary for the implementation of the developed approach for Russiaoconstruct the spatial-economic-ecological model for Russia odevelop a set of sustainability indicators associated with the model, which allows for quantification of social, economic and environmental effects of sustainability policies ouse the model to assess the effects of a set of important sustainability policy measures in order to demonstrate the operation ability and reliability of the developed modelling approachThe SUST-RUS modelling approach will provide Russian and international community with the sound scientific support for formulating sustainability policies, which is characterized by a balanced integration between social, economic and environmental policy objectives. The use of the SUST-RUS approach will assist the implementation of the EU strategy for sustainable development in Russia as well as an efficient incorporation of the sustainability goals into the existing Russian policy tools on regional and federal levels. The SUST-RUS modelling approach represents the state-of-the-art in many different areas of knowledge and, hence, will be superior to other models available for Russia.
Partners:
Centre for Economic and Financial Research (RU), Transport and Mobility Leuven (BE), Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) GmbH (DE), The Institute for the Economy in Transition (RU), Ural State University (RU), Voronezh State University (RU), Far Eastern Center for Economic Development (RU), Statistics Norway (NO)
  Dissemination and horizontal activities



E-URAL
http://www.e-ural.vsu.ru

Activity Code: ENV.2008.5.1.0.2.
Funding Scheme: CSA-SA
Duration (Months): 24
Title: European Union and RussiA Link for S&T co-operation in the area of the environment
Abstract:
The overall strategic objective of the E-URAL project is to improve in quantity and quality the participation of Russian researchers and SMEs in the “Environment (including climate change)” theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This objective answers to specific gaps that hamper the participation of Russia, such as the lack of knowledge among researchers and multipliers from Russia on the FP7 and the Environment theme and the lack of know-how on submission procedures under EU-FPs, as well as of awareness in Europe of skilled potential partners from Russia to be involved in EU-FPs projects.E-URAL project, through its multi-skilled consortium composed of various leading and long experienced institutions from EU and Russia, addresses these major obstacles in 4 main lines of activity: mapping of research expertise and needs in Russia in the field of Environment; awareness raising and capacity building for multipliers and researchers in Russia through training activities and staff exchanges; promotion of co-operation opportunities between EU and Russia; liaison with Russian and European stakeholders in the field of concern. A special emphasis will be given to the identification of topics of common interest for Russia and EU, that will be sent to the European Commission to be inserted in the Environment Work Programme, facilitating the participation of Russia in the Enviroment theme of the FP7.The achievement of these strategic and ambitious objectives is guaranteed by the effective structure of the work plan and the partnership of both Russian and European partners with long experience in environment research or in training activities. As a result, the project will create new research consortia, will raise the number of Russian participants in the Framework Programme and identify key RTD topics for further work programmes in the FP7 Environment theme.
Partners:
Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia (IT), Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (IT), FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS (EL), Kassel University (DE), Voronezh State University (RU), Sochi State University for Tourism and Recreation (RU), Siberian Information and Consulting Centre at the Presidium of the Siberian Branch of RAS (RU), Arkhangelsk State Technical Universty (RU), State Institution Caspian Marine Scientific Research Center (RU)

 

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