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

7. Description of the consortium

The ISIREMM consortium is well balanced and brings together six countries, three from the EU and three from the NIS.

The group includes three European research groups, two commercial SMEs and one academic University research group, from Austria, France, and Greece, with several research institutions from three NIS countries, namely Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, as well as the Tomsk Regional Administration as a representative end user in Siberia.

The wide range of geographical, orographic, and climatic conditions of the NIS partners will help to ensure a more generic nature of the ISIREMM system, which will in turn facilitate its subsequent adaptation and distribution in the NIS countries.

All partners have considerable experience in the field of environmental sciences and analysis, as well as information technology, providing a unique combination of resources and experience for the project. The consortium covers areas such as environmental information systems, atmospheric modeling, multi-media information technology, optical and acoustic air quality sensors, and remote sensing and satellite imagery.

The consortium also has considerable experience in international collaboration and the management of international EU funded RTD projects. The role of the members of the consortium is as follows:

ESS, Austria

Environmental Software & Services GmbH will serve as the projects co-ordinator and administrator, using its experience as co-ordinator from several major FW4 projects including the INCO-DC project GAIA. ESS, as the systems integrator and architecture manager of ECOSIM will also assist in the work packages that deal with the initial ECOSIM framework software, system architecture and client-server communication, and systems integration. ESS will also assist in the dissemination of the project results.

IAO, Russia

The Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is the lead partner of the NIS team; the group will contribute the bulk of the projects man power with major involvement in most work packages, but specifically in the area of optical remote sensing methods as well as most of the software related tasks. IAO will also assist the project management by co-ordinating the NIS partners locally.

ICMMG, Russia

The Institute of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics, Siberian Branch of RAS Laboratory of mathematical modeling of hydrodynamical processes in nature contributes their specific modeling know-how for the 3D atmospheric models, based on their original approach to city and regional scale aerosol transport and transformation modeling and the coupling of models with observation data. ICMMG will implement the regional model in their computing center.

AUT, Greece

The Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering of the Aristoteles University in Thessaloniki (AUT), also a major model development partner of the ECOSIM project, will contribute their vast experience in meteorological and air quality modeling, and conduct the baseline simulations of the reference cases. In addition, AUT as project co-ordinator of AIR-EIA, an Info2000 project dealing with multi-media information resources for air quality management and environmental impact assessment, will provide this information as a guiding framework for the ISIREMM project.

SRI, Kazakhstan

The Space Research Institute of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan, located in Almaty, is a recognised leader in the field of remote sensing and geoinformation technologies. The group will contribute first hand experience in satellite image processing to develop the GIS data required for the system and identify large-scale pollution plumes. The group will also work on data assimilation of acoustic sounder data for vertical wind profiles and temperature.

IPNASB, Belarus

The Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences will contribute their experience in laser applications and multi wavelength lidars to the development and integration of the remote sensors. They will work on laser sounding data assimilation to the models of aerosol transport.

SILOGIC, France

Silogic will work on the communication and multi-media tasks of the system, contributing their considerable experience in advanced information and communications technology.

NRD, Russia

The Natural Resources Department of the Tomsk Regional Administration (NRD) will act as the local end user and major data provider for the test implementation in Tomsk. As a Department of the Tomsk Regional Administration, NRD can overcome barriers that still existing between the administrative units performing relevant measurements and keeping data archives, namely Regional unit of the State Committee on Meteorology and those on Ecology and thus provide the project with all available data.


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