Integrated System for Intelligent Regional
Environmental Monitoring & Management:
ISIREMM Project description

OBJECTIVES

The state of the environment in and around heavily industrialised areas, and often dramatic impacts on the health and general well being of the local population and the natural environment are among the main concerns of local population and local and regional governments in all NIS countries. At the same time understanding is growing in Europe that due the long-range transboundary transport of pollutants in air and water, as well as the global effects of greenhouse gases, this is not entirely and internal problem of these countries.

The overall objective of the ISIREMM project is to develop and test a generic and easily adaptable next generation management information system for intelligent environmental monitoring and management, initially focussing on air quality at the urban and regional level, that, while building on the most recent results of EU sponsored research, is appropriate for the specific situation of NIS countries.

The main scientific and technological objectives of the proposal are:

  • To develop a next-generation effective model-based information and decision support system for environmental management, based on a flexible client-server integration of information resources such as:

    • simulation models implemented at dedicated computing centres,

    • on-line monitoring using both conventional local and volumetric remote sensors,

    • a geographic information system (GIS), and

    • a multi-media user interface.

  • To exploit results of FW4 Environmental Telematics Application Programme, and in particular the results of the ECOSIM (EN 1006) project at a typical provincial industrial city (Tomsk, Siberia) characterised by a high level of industrial pollution but incomplete environmental monitoring data.

  • To advance the state-of-the-art in a local implementation by linking the simulation tools to volumetric data from stationary positioned optical and acoustical remote sensors and to test the developed ISIREMM Demonstrator-1 in the chosen demonstration & validation city.

  • To advance the state-of-the-art by integrating specially designed nested city and regional scale models relying on these volumetric data from optical and acoustical remote sensors and satellite imagery.

  • To adapt the system to the specific conditions of NIS countries (low density of local monitoring networks) by the integration of specially developed mobile units equipped with Raman lidar for control of composition of gases emitted by stacks, and acoustic 3D Doppler wind sensors and meteo-sensors to support model based pollution level and transport forecasting.

  • To integrate the models developed, and to test the ISIREMM Demonstrator in a typical application situation, critically evaluating its performance and local usability.

  • To provide decision makers with an effective tool for mitigation of pollution, and the local population with real and easily accessible information on current environmental conditions in order to raise environmental awareness and empower citizen groups to participate in the environmental policy making process, thus strengthening an emerging civic society through environmental information technology.


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