Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: WATER-4a-2014 | Award Amount: 1.58M | Year: 2015
FREEWAT aims at promoting water management and planning by simplifying the application of the Water Framework Directive and other EU water related Directives. FREEWAT will be an open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module. Specific objectives of the FREEWAT project are: - to coordinate previous EU and national funded research to integrate existing software modules for water management in a single environment into the GIS based FREEWAT; - to support the FREEWAT application in an innovative participatory approach gathering technical staff and relevant stakeholders (in primis policy and decision makers) in designing scenarios for the proper application of water policies. FREEWAT will initiate a process aimed at filling the gap between EU and US on widespread-standardised ICT tools and models for management of water quantity and quality and will set a well recognisable and flagship initiative. The open source characteristics of the platform allow to consider this an initiative ad includendum (looking for inclusion of other entities), as further research institutions, private developers etc. may contribute to the platform development. Through creating a common environment among water research/professionals, policy makers and implementers, FREEWAT main impact will be on enhancing science- and participatory approach and evidence-based decision making in water resource management, hence producing relevant and appropriate outcomes for policy implementation. The Consortium is constituted by partners from various water sectors from 11 EU countries, plus Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. Synergies with the UNESCO HOPE initiative on free and open source software in water management greatly boost the value of the project. Large stakeholders involvement guarantees results dissemination and exploitation.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2013.WATER INNO&DEMO-1 | Award Amount: 8.04M | Year: 2013
Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region are facing the challenge of managing its water resources under conditions of increasing scarcity and concerns about water quality. Already, the availability of fresh water in sufficient quality and quantity is one of the major factors limiting socio economic development. Innovative water management strategies such as the storage of reclaimed water or excess water from different sources in Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) schemes can greatly increase water availability and therefore improve water security. Main objective of the proposed project MARSOL is to demonstrate that MAR is a sound, safe and sustainable strategy that can be applied with great confidence and therefore offering a key approach for tackling water scarcity in Southern Europe. For this, eight field sites were selected that will demonstrate the applicability of MAR using various water sources, ranging from treated wastewater to desalinated seawater, and a variety of technical solutions. Targets are the alleviation of the effect of climate change on water resources, the mitigation of droughts, to countermeasure temporal and spatial misfit of water availability, to sustain agricultural water supply and rural socio-economic development, to combat agricultural related pollutants, to sustain future urban and industrial water supply and to limit seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers. Results of the demontration sites will be used to develop guidelines for MAR site selection, technical realization, monitoring strategies, and modeling approaches, to offer stakeholders a comprehensive, state of the art and proven toolbox for MAR implementation. Further, the economic and legal aspects of MAR will be analyzed to enable and accelerate market penetration. The MARSOL consortium combines the expertise of consultancies, water suppliers, research institutions, and public authorities, ensuring high practical relevance and market intimacy.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: SIE-01-2014-1 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2014
Objective of this project is the implementation, validation and demonstration up to the commercial phase of an innovative and flexible device mounted on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), named in the following TherVIS. The device is suitable for: i) mapping energy building performance for energy saving within large extent areas (e.g. building blocks, districts, small communities), ii) evaluating structural health of civilian infrastructures (including bridges, new, old and historical buildings, pipelines, etc.) for public security. The age of existing buildings is rising and, as a result, they continuously undergo degradation. The improvement of the energy consumption efficiency of buildings and their environmental impacts is a general issue of increasing importance for the construction industry in Europe and all over the world. For minimizing energy losses TherVIS device is proposed, consisting in a monitoring device integrating a new generation thermal camera coupled with a stereo camera or laser scanning. The monitoring system is mounted on a micro-UAV equipped with different navigation sensors, stabilized by a microcontroller-based flight control and basically operated by GPS navigation or manual remote control. An innovative methodology would be implemented allowing the 3D aerial pictures and thermal images, acquired at a high sensitivity rate, high speed and low frequency, to be automatically integrated in a combined 3D spatial-thermal image within a purposely-built model. Using in situ measured meteorological conditions, the model would allow for quantification of local energy losses and for detection of structural damages of the building. This approach would lead, within large extent areas (e.g. building blocks, districts, small communities) and with a limited number of images (i.e. low operating costs), to: i) an automatic cracking pattern recognition and to ii) a smart 3D spatial-thermal mapping for energy performance assessment.