ECOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND SIMULATION SYSTEM FOR MANAGEMENT DECISION SUPPORT IN URBAN AREAS
This Progress Report describes the achievements during the period January to June 1997. The period was characterized by the aftermath of the red flag procedure and the changes in project management implemented as a consequence of the red flag procedure.
The withdrawal of the initial coordinator Smith has led to the need to prepare a modified Technical Annex for the project and reissue the contracts. This resulted in unexpected delays both in the first reimbursement payments (against the January to June 1996 cost statements) as well as in issuing the INCO contract and advance payment for the Polish partners. As a consequence, delays in the Polish case study, and serious cash flow problems for most partners have resulted.
However, from a substantive point of view the project has made very good progress along several work packages, notably the development of the demonstrator, validation issues, and the user group. So in spite of all the administrative problems the project has recovered to its original time table during the first half of 1997.
Work in Progress
During the reporting period, work on the following work packages was in progress:
WP 01: Project Management
The web server was updated with extensive documentation on the http approach to client server model integration.
The on-line Deliverables for the Project were updated: D0401.html D0405.html D0501.html D0502.html D1001.html
An FTP archive to distribute all project documents available in electronic format to the partners was set up (with a public and a restricted section) under http://www.ess.co.at/ECOSIM/FTP. As a new feature enhancing the web server links to other TAP activities have been introduced.
In support of the User Group Activities, an on-line registration form was installed on the ECOSIM web server: http://www.ess.co.at/ECOSIM/registration.html
To facilitate navigation in the increasing set of on-line documents, a full-text search engine has been implemented for keyword search on the ECOSIM web pages: http://www.ess.co.at/ECOSIM/search.html
The communication between project partners has improved significantly since January 1997. A mailing alias email@example.com was introduced for information exchange between the software developers. This alias together with the general ECOSIM mailing alias maintained by ESS (firstname.lastname@example.org) has accumulated nearly 1100 messages exchanged between the project partners to date.
Meetings and visits:A full Management Board Meeting with a partly overlapping Technical Meeting was held in Athens, April 2-4. All partners (with the exception of the Polish group and the CEO) were represented. The meeting also included a demonstration of the ECOSIM Demonstrator R.03 to representatives of the Greek Ministry of the Environment.
Meeting agenda, minutes of the discussions and action items are summarized in http://www.ess.co.at/ECOSIM/minutes.html.
ESS, GMD, and UA were represented at the 4th TAP Coordination Meeting in Brussels April 7 and 8. Presentations on ECOSIM in general, and its architecture in particular, were made.
ESS participated in the MEGATAQ Workshop (Telematics Engineering Concertation Meeting) in Brussels May 26 and in the 3rd Special Workshop on Evaluation/Validation (Evaluation Sub-group Work) of the Environment Telematics Sector in Brussels June 5-6.
Using input from these two workshops and from the project partners (mainly GMD and AUT) the ECOSIM Validation Plan (Deliverable 10.01.) has been finalized and submitted to the Commission end of June '97.
During a working visit of TUA staff at ESS, a version of POM was implemented to test the client-server linkage between POM and the ECOSIM server.
During a working visit of ESS staff to the GMD in Berlin a copy of the Demonstrator R0.3 was installed for joint development work. The client-server connection between the ECOSIM server and the REGOZON forecasting model was successfully tested.
WP 05: Development of the Demonstrator
Major achievements during the period include the update of the Demonstrator to Release R0.3, which includes working examples of the http model integration strategies and corresponding cgi programs for three response time classes of external models.
On the modeling side, major progress was made with the integration of the atmospheric modeling (MEMO) and the photochemical models (REGOZON, DYMOS), primarily in the area of data format specifications.
For the groundwater sub-project, data sets for MODFLOW were collected. For the coastal simulation model POM a grid and model version compatible with the ECOSIM Demonstrator and the atmospheric model MEMO were prepared.
Demonstrator Release R0.3 was made ready on schedule and presented as planned in April. The version includes complete operational examples of the client-server interaction and protocol which was tested between ESS (Gumpoldskirchen) and GMD (Berlin). A copy of the system was installed in Berlin for joint development work.
All partners continued their preparation of data for the demonstrator as well as of the models by adapting them to the model domain. In particular progress was made in the implementation of REGOZON for Berlin and the with the sensitivity analysis of the effects of coupling MEMO and POM for Athens. As a result of the sensitivity analysis it was concluded that a direct coupling between MEMO and POM does not significantly affect model results.
Specific tasks in the Demonstrator development have included, as reported by the development partners:
A complete integration using the ECOSIM client-server architecture has been achieved for POM and REGOZON; in both cases, model interface specifications were completed, the communication protocol defined, the necessary cgi scripts developed and implemented, and the client-server communication tested over local and wide area networks.
The interface supports the selection of redefined meteorological or oceanographic scenarios, as well as the definition of emission scenarios. In the case of POM, this involves the positioning of an outfall and the definition of its waste flow and characteristics. In the case of REGOZON, different sources (emission classes) such as traffic or industry are selected (represented by pre-processed matrices in the model's input grid) that the user can scale to represent changes in the emission situation due to alternative environmental management or policy options.
For the model scenario parameter definitions and the model output a generic interface has been developed that will also be the basis - with a variable degree of modification - for the integration of the other models (DYMOS, MEMO, MUSE, MTD-3/MODFLOW).
Networking and Communication:
A thorough analysis of the network performance has been carried out by the CEO; continuous measurements between the three test sites were performed; the results have been evaluated and a detailed report was prepared and put on the ECOSIM web server.
For the ECOSIM scenario management the metadata component is being compared with the finalized CEO metadata recommendations.
User group activities:
A number of individual databases of potential users for ECOSIM have been compiled and merged into an ECOSIM address database.
The preparation of text and imagery for an ECOSIM leaflet has resulted in a draft layout ready for printing and distribution.
An on-line user registration was implemented as part of the ECOSIM web server at ESS (see WP0 above).
Major Problems and Risks
Major problems resulted from the aftermath of the red flag procedure and the project coordinator transition from Smith to ESS. As a result of having to issue amended contracts and the consequent delay of the reimbursement for the first six months of the project (January to June 1996) most partners have reported serious cash flow problems.
Due to the delay of the contract amendments the issuing of the INCO contract and advance payment for the Polish partners is delayed as well. As a consequence delays in the Polish case study (which has to date not received an advance payment) have resulted.