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
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
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
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.