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

Contribution to Programme Objectives

ISIREMMs objectives and approach are well matched with the aims and objectives of the COPERNICUS-2 programme, namely to support the NIS countries efforts to develop a pluralistic scientific and technological system and to preserve and develop their research excellence in order to help them solve some of their major problems.

ISIREMM directly addresses the two areas of activities foreseen within COPERNICUS-2:

  • regional problems linked to the environment and health, in that it directly addresses environmental management as its key theme;

  • consolidation of the scientific and technological potential in fields where these countries have a recognised excellence and valuable co-operation potential, by both integrating NIS technology in the area of environmental monitoring (lidar, sodar), but also with an exploitation plan that foresees new roles for the research institutions involved as service providers using the Internet as the delivery vehicle.

ISIREMM wants to build effective tools for limiting man-induced environmental damage, one of the main Deliverables foreseen for COPERNICUS-2.

The proposal addresses the Priorities for the single Call (1999), (a) Environment and industry: problems of selected regions and sectors, and in particular: Environmental management for industrial metropolitan areas aimed at the remediation/mitigation of pollution.

Joining efforts of well known research and technological NIS institutions with European institutions of recognised and experienced in Environment Telematics to develop a management information system, adapted to the specific NIS situation, directly relates to overall objectives of the COPERNICUS-2 programme and both its main aims (i) and (ii): It deals with regional problems linked to environment and health and leads to the consolidation of the scientific and technological potential in fields of modern physics of the atmosphere and its increasingly important environmental applications where the participating NIS countries have recognised excellence and valuable co-operation potential.

The proposal is concentrating on the RTD priorities under the Programme Key Action (a): it intends to develop and specifically adapted to NIS countries environmental but also socio-economic boundary conditions effective monitoring and assessment methodologies aimed at managing environmental problems specific to NIS regions. This should lead to the improvement of the environment standards of regional industrial activities.

The main RTD efforts of the proposal are within the Programme Key Action (a.iii, Environmental management for industrial metropolitan area aimed at the mitigation of pollution.). As foreseen under this item, environmental management for industrial metropolitan areas aimed at the mitigation of pollution requires adequate and cost-effective information support. This is the central technical and scientific objective of the proposal. The approach chosen for the system and components architecture make it really generic and easily adaptable to different industrial centres with their own geography, climate and status of environmental pollution.

Moreover, due the choice of a Western Siberian city as the systems demonstration and validation site and the special attention paid to forecasting trans-regional transport of industrial pollution the project also addresses the Copernicus-2 Programme Key Action (a.i).

The system will feature elements and components that are essential for a successful NIS implementation, and that have a considerable potential and perspective for subsequent European usage (to improve forecast reliability): an advanced monitoring system including optical and acoustical remote sensors and synoptic satellite imagery integrated by dynamic 3D multi-parameter simulation models.

Customised local DSS components and public information components will improve citizen participation in urban and regional decision making. The specifics of the NIS environmental and economic situation is taken into account through the implementation method proposed: a modular client-server with base system and optional components, scalable and upgradeable, designed to address the realities of NIS country cities and industries through simple entry level configurations of an open architecture. This architecture also supports a new role for the research institutions involved: outsourcing of information services, so that cities and regional administrations do not need to invest in hardware/maintenance, but can obtain a service which also maintains institutional capabilities at research institutions.

All these features are well within the Community policy in the area of environmental telematics, the general objectives of the INCO Programme and the EU Directive on public access to environmental information (90/313/EEC).

The NIS partners contribute their state-of-the-art experience in the area of optical (lidar) and acoustic (sodar) remote sensors and relevant modeling tools relying on volumetric data: these balanced technological contributions also contribute to the main objectives of the INCO 2 Programme, such as the general reinforcement of Community capacities in the field of science.

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