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


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.

To do this efficiently, the project will be using the results of the FW4 Environmental Telematics Project ECOSIM as the starting point, adapting it to the specific NIS conditions, and extend it with a number of advanced optical and acoustical monitoring methods developed at the NIS partner institutions, into a new environmental management information system.

ISIREMM addresses the problem of industrial pollution, and in particular, air pollution, and its effects on the human and natural environment. In a rapidly changing economic environment there are unique opportunities to include environmental concerns in the ongoing restructuring of heavy, and heavily polluting, industries as well as domestic energy use.

To effectively include environmental objectives and criteria in the overall development planning, policy and decision making process, reliable and directly usable scientifically based information is urgently needed: both for the policy and decision makers, but also for the various stake holders and participants of the policy making process and the local citizens in an emerging civic society.

ISIREMM will, over a period of three years and in close co-operation between EU and NIS partners, design, develop, implement, and test an environmental management information system combining recent results of the FW4 Environmental Telematics Programme with specific developments in modeling and monitoring from a number of NIS institutions.

5.1 Summary of the approach

The basic approach of ISIREMM is to integrate simulation modeling with a wide range of monitoring technologies in order to fully exploit all available information resources for environmental management and make the best possible use of the available data. The central analytical element of the system, advanced simulation modeling integrated with monitoring is used for different types of analysis: ? descriptive analysis: identification of major sources and contributors of pollution; ? operational forecasts; ? scenario analysis addressing WHAT IF questions; ? prescriptive analysis: design of efficient mitigation strategies. This analytical engine is then embedded in an interface to provide decision support information to two main user groups: ? technical users in the regional and local administrations; ? various interest groups and the general public.

5.2 Starting point and state-of-the-art

The starting point for ISIREMM combines the results of the FW4 Environmental Telematics Programme, and in particular, the ECOSIM (EN1006) project, with a number of advances in environmental monitoring using optical and acoustic methods in several NIS institutions. ECOSIM developed and tested in three validation sites (Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; Gdansk, Poland) a client-server based environmental information system for urban environmental management integrating simulation models (predominantly for air quality) with on-line monitoring. ECOSIM used a simple client-server protocol based on TCP/IP and http, that links the main server with both the monitoring systems and dedicated simulation servers. The monitoring data are collected at a number of fixed (point) locations at regular half-hourly or hourly intervals. ECOSIM uses an embedded GIS to display all model inputs and model results as thematic maps in an easily understandable format.

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