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