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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SST-2007-2.2-01 | Award Amount: 8.71M | Year: 2008

PLATINA is a coordination and support action aimed at the promotion of inland waterway transport (IWT). The main objective of PLATINA is to support the Commission, Member States and third countries in the implementation of the NAIADES action programme. This will be achieved by providing technical, organisational and financial support for targeted policy actions and by building on strong interrelations with existing expert groups, projects and initiatives. WP1 (Markets) will raise awareness on the possibilities offered by IWT, by identifying best practices, contributing to an improved administrative and regulatory framework, and by developing a European IWT information portal. WP2 (Fleet) will support European IWT innovation by assisting in technology assessment, providing incubation assistance to speed up market transfer of innovations, raising visibility of IWT on strategic research agendas, facilitating exchange of hull-related information. WP3 (Jobs & Skills) will raise awareness on career opportunities in IWT, foster mutual recognition of qualifications, and support the implementation of harmonised education curricula. WP4 (Image) will coordinate activities relevant to the promotion of IWT at the European level, extend and deepen the existing network of promotion and development agencies and will prepare a common communication strategy. WP5 (Infrastructure) supports the creation of a European development plan for the improvement of IWT infrastructures, supports the implementation of River Information Services, as well as the inter-disciplinary dialogue on environmentally sustainable waterway development. The PLATINA consortium has ensured the active participation and support of key industrial actors, associations, knowledge institutes and Member States administrations in order to be effective. PLATINA will lead to improved coordination between national and European inland navigation policies and the increased integration of IWT into multimodal transport chains.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SST.2013.6-1. | Award Amount: 2.05M | Year: 2013

Maritime Europe Strategy Action (MESA FOSTER WATERBORNE), main strategic objective (in line with WATERBORNE-TP) is to strengthen the effectiveness of the research and innovation capacities of the European maritime industry, by: - Optimization of the European maritime RDI strategies - Improvement of the stakeholders network, of the dissemination, of the use of the research results, and increasing the visibility of the R&I findings - Fostering the definition of the maritime R&I transport policies MESA, is (1) providing support to the WATERBORNE TP work, enlarging and maintaining it, (2) identifying 4 major themes (implemented via Thematic Technology Groups on Energy Efficiency, Safety, Production, E-Maritime) performing an in-depth analysis and assessment of the achievements at EU and National level, to foster future strategic lines in research and innovation, (3) updating the strategic research agenda and creating an innovation agenda contributing to close the gaps between research and market uptake, (4) enhancing a network for the exchange of ideas and priorities, (5) acting as major player for dissemination raising waterborne value chain profile and visibility in Europe. Foresight activity will provide market, societal and regulatory trends studies, contributing to transport RDI policies. A Integration Group will issue Strategic documents for the waterborne sector: VISIONS2030, Strategic Research Agenda, Innovation Agenda, Implementation Plan, homogenizing findings of the Thematic Technology Groups and the Foresight. A comprehensive communication strategy will be implemented including coverage of the TRA2014, 2016, Technology Workshops, Major Conferences, Newsletter, Brokerage Events, Show Cases of successful projects, TRIP liaison, etc. MESA involves 28 partners, (industrial, research, education, associations) ensuring the widest possible participation accustomed to work together since many years, in the majority of EU projects and in the WATERBORNE-TP.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: ENV.2009. | Award Amount: 8.53M | Year: 2009

Coastal areas are vital economic hubs in terms of settlement, industry, agriculture, trade and tourism to mention some key sectors. There are already many coastal problems including erosion, flood risk and long-term habitat deterioration. As economies continue to develop the asset base at risk will grow, while accelerating climate change will increase the likelihood of damaging extreme events, as well as accelerate habitat decline. Existing coastal management and defence approaches are not well tuned to these challenges as they assume a static situation. THESEUS will develop a systematic approach to delivering both a low-risk coast for human use and healthy habitats for evolving coastal zones subject to multiple change factors. The innovative combined mitigation and adaptation technologies to be considered will include ecologically-based mitigation measures (such as restoration and/or creation of habitats), hydro-morphodynamic techniques (such as wave energy converters, sediment reservoirs, multi-purpose structures, overtop resistant dikes), actions to reduce the impact on society and economy (such as promotion of risk awareness or spatial planning) and GIS-based software to support defence planning. To integrate the best of these technical measures in a strategic policy context we will develop overarching THESEUS guidelines which will considers the environmental, social and economic issues raised in any coastal area. It is in this spirit that THESEUS will advance European and international experience in applying innovative technologies to reducing coastal risks. THESEUS activities will be carried out within a multidisciplinary framework using 8 study sites across Europe, with specific attention to the most vulnerable coastal environments such as deltas, estuaries and wetlands, where many large cities and industrial areas are located.

Bardet L.,Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety | Duluc C.M.,Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety | Rebour V.,Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety | L'Her J.,Center dEtudes Techniques Maritimes et Fluviales
Natural Hazards and Earth System Science | Year: 2011

A good knowledge of extreme storm surges is necessary to ensure protection against flood. In this paper we introduce a methodology to determine time series of skew surges in France as well as a statistical approach for estimating extreme storm surges. With the aim to cope with the outlier issue in surge series, a regional frequency analysis has been carried out for the surges along the Atlantic coast and the Channel coast. This methodology is not the current approach used to estimate extreme surges in France. First results showed that the extreme events identified as outliers in at-site analyses do not appear to be outliers any more in the regional empirical distribution. Indeed the regional distribution presents a curve to the top with these extreme events that a mixed exponential distribution seems to recreate. Thus, the regional approach appears to be more reliable for some sites than at-site analyses. A fast comparison at a given site showed surge estimates with the regional approach and a mixed exponential distribution are higher than surge estimates with an at-site fitting. In the case of Brest, the 1000-yr return surge is 167 cm in height with the regional approach instead of 126 cm with an at-site analysis. © 2011 Author(s).

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: SST.2010.6-3. | Award Amount: 2.28M | Year: 2011

An ERA-NET on maritime technologies (MARTEC) began with 12 ministries and funding organisations from 9 European countries in 2006. There was little or no contact prior to its establishment. MARTEC quickly formed a strong network and has launched calls in 2008, 2009 with a further one planned for 2010. So far applications for proposals have involved participants from 8 countries, and projects funded total about 10 million Euros. Given the success of the first phase, 17 ministries and funding organisations from 15 countries are now involved in MARTEC. Although we now have experience of working across national borders, the programme management and project handling are still quite different. We need to iron out discrepancies, which can be achieved through the development of common procedures. To deepen and broaden co-operation in the field of maritime research, we need to develop more flexible procedures. There has been real advantage of working together so we need to pave the way for the establishment of long lasting systems. MARTEC II will move from a basic understanding of each others procedures and priorities to real information exchange based on trust and actively looking to work with partners across national borders. MARTEC II will: Broaden the geographical scope through the inclusion of new countries. Intensify cooperation by launching calls and joint programmes. Strengthen the dissemination of waterborne research results throughout Europe. The structuring of maritime research will be better coordinated through a programme database and research mapping. There will be information exchange and stronger cooperation between MARTEC and WATERBORNETP, other ERA-NETs (e.g. TRANSPORT II) as well as other initiatives, which is essential for future activities. MARTEC will also establish future structures for a sustainable network.

Van L.A.,University Paris Est Creteil | Pham Van Bang D.,University Paris Est Creteil | Pham Van Bang D.,Center dEtudes Techniques Maritimes et Fluviales
Advances in Water Resources | Year: 2013

Mixtures of non-cohesive and cohesive sediment are frequently encountered in natural environments such as estuaries. Depending on the concentration of both species, mixed sediment can record segregation effect or not, behaves like a non-cohesive sediment or like a cohesive sediment. The present study deals with the segregation effect between mud flocs and sand grains during hindered settling. Simulations of this process under various conditions of mixture are proposed by using two coupled mass conservation equations which are solved by a high order numerical model. Specific closure equations are proposed herein for the hindered settling of sand-mud mixed sediment. Comparisons between simulations and experiments are presented on vertical concentration profiles during the segregation process. Obviously, the model enables the description of hindered settling for pure non-cohesive (or pure cohesive) case and the segregation for bi-disperse suspensions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: TPT-2007-0.0-06 | Award Amount: 1.10M | Year: 2008

AIMS applies an innovative approach to develop a methodology to assess and evaluate research projects related to freight transport supported in FP5 and FP6. Freight transport is a key element for the economy, raising various environmental, social, security or safety issues that are severely increasing, also in the future. Innovation is a key bridging both streams. High investments in freight transport RTD are made, however, various RTD projects have never passed the commercialisation threshold. AIMS aims to minimize the risks of public or private investments in freight transport RTD. AIMS will identify critical factors of RTD projects through success and failure analysis of previous FP5 and FP6 projects. Based on results coming from the analysis of the past, present and future (notably as seen by Technological Platforms and Advisory councils), AIMS will assess the positive or negative impacts of European research FP and projects in particular in the economic, social and environmental fields. A specific care will be given to depict changes operated by the different Member States and catalysed by EU research programs. Guidelines for current and future FP7 projects will then be produced and recommendations for the definition of new research policy objectives provided. This will be carried out by a Researcher group under the direction of a Secretariat and the caution of an Experts group, in direct interaction with End-Users, Industries and Technology Platform & Advisory Council of each mode including intermodal gathered among dedicated groups. Two workshops and one final conference will be organised integrating the different groups to confront results obtained to really concerned actors. A dedicated internet platform will be set up to ensure pro-active communication. A handbook will be set up including consolidated guidelines to policy makers, industry and the research community. AIMS contribute to generate new knowledge on transport RTD and relevant social, environmental and economic issues, establish a better dialogue between policy, industry and research, ensure consistency between their approaches, and strengthen their competitiveness and innovation efforts toward a sustainable transport system.

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