Newsletter	  4	  March	  2013	                                                                                            ...
Unfortunately,	   what	   is	   true	   in	   the	   enviroGRIDS	                             making	   its	   inhabitants...
Key	   achievements	   in	   2012-­‐2013	   (Manager:	                                      documentary	   in	   their	   ...
UNIGE	  (Violeta	  Djambazova)	                                                           inseparable	   facet	   of	   th...
easily,	   and	   then	   enhancing	   scientific	   accountability,	                                     UMA	  (Emanuele	...
part.	   This	   necessity	   brought	   the	   team	   and	   me	   to	                        impossible	   and	   with	...
resources?	  What	  would	  the	  future	  hold	  for	  the	  region	                  most	   important	   milestone	   e...
ITU	  (Filiz	  Bektaş	  Balçık)	                                                               UTCN	  (Denisa	  Rodila)	  ...
research	   fields,	   which	   helped	   me	   broaden	   my	                              Other	   tasks	   in	   WP7	  ...
System.	   The	   aim	   of	   these	   agreements	   is	   to	   maintain	         D5.11	   Report	   on	   the	   Biodiv...
Final	  enviroGRIDS	  event	  at	  the	  GEO	  headquarter	  in	  Geneva	  	  
Proud	  to	  be	  an	  enviroGRIDS	  partner:	  	  
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  1. 1. Newsletter  4  March  2013     Black  Sea  day  celebration  and  enviroGRIDS  final  conference,  October  31.  2012  in  Batumi    Introduction  (Coordinator:  Anthony  Lehmann)   the  lack  of  strong  policy  implementation.  Now   I   can   say   that   I   never   thought   we   would   get   to   However,   where   I   learned   the   most   was   from  the   end   of   this   project.   We   had   so   much   to   do,   the   the   human   side   of   the   project.   I   have   seen  tasks   were   so   challenging,   and   four   years   seemed   to   dedicated   scientists   from   all   the   Black   Sea  be  so  long  when  writing  the  proposal.  BUT  WE  DID  IT     countries  and  beyond  giving  their  best  to  build  …almost   as   planned,   and   in   a   very   collaborative   and   together   the   Black   Sea   catchment   Observation  constructive   atmosphere!!!   I   learned   so   much   from   System.   Regardless   of   nationality,   age,   gender  this  project,  and  clearly  I  built  my  own  capacities!   and  religion,  all  the  enviroGRIDS  partners  were  Of  course,  from  a  scientific  perspective,  we  addressed   fully   committed   to   the   project’s   common  several   important   challenges   such   as   improving   objectives,   as   if   we   had   all   found   along   the  environmental   data   sharing   and   processing   in   order   shores   of   the   Black   Sea   the   warm   arms   of   a  to   build   the   first   hydrological   model   for   the   entire   caring  mother.  Black  Sea  catchment,  and  to  explore  several   scenarios   of   land   cover,  demographic   and   climatic   changes.  Similar   scientific   and   environmental  challenges   exist   everywhere   around  the   World,   but   they   are   particularly  useful   in   this   part   of   the   World  because   of   the   important  environmental   crisis   that   the   Black  Sea   catchment   is   facing   coupled   with   Batumi’s coast of Georgia, Nov.1. 2012
  2. 2. Unfortunately,   what   is   true   in   the   enviroGRIDS   making   its   inhabitants   proud   and   caring   about  consortium   is   not   a   feeling   that   is   sufficiently   shared   their   heritage.   Unfortunately,   economical  among   the   people   living   in   the   region.   This   is   why   the   constraints,   religious   differences   and  work  of  the  Black  Sea  Commission  (BSC)  as  well  as  the   nationalistic   behaviours   are   dominating   the  International   Commission   for   the   Protection   of   the   regional   development,   where   a   more  Danube  River  (ICPDR)  is  so  important.  This  is  also  why   sustainable  and  collaborative  pathway  is  clearly  these   commissions   should   be   given   much   more   needed.  financial,   technical,   scientific   and   political   means,   This   is   why   in   the   framework   of   this   capacity  because   they   participate   in   the   preparation   of   a   building   project,   much   hope   came   from   the  sustainable   future   for   this   region.   When   we   think   skills  and  great  achievements  of  several  young  about   the   history   of   the   Black   Sea   that   has   seen   scientists.  We  decided  therefore  to  dedicate  to  among   others,   the   Greeks,   the   Romans,   the   them   this   last   Newsletter   with   a   selection   of  Venetians,   the   Ottomans   and   the   Hunts   occupying   portraits   to   thank   them   for   their   appreciated  this  region,  one  would  hope  that  the  cultural  heritage   efforts.   We   wish   that   they   will   be   a   source   of  from   all   these   great   civilisations   would   highlight   the   inspiration  for  future  generations.  beauty   and   importance   of   this   part   of   the   world,  
  3. 3. Key   achievements   in   2012-­‐2013   (Manager:   documentary   in   their   FUTURIS   collection   in   July  Nicolas  Ray)   2012   (available   on   enviroGRIDS   website   front   page).   Needless   to   say   it   was   extremely   useful  The   last   quarter   of   any   project   is   always   a   thrilling   for   disseminating   a   high-­‐quality   summary   of  mome It   is   the time whe   the ke proje nt.       re   y   ct   the  project  in  several  languages.  achievements   need   to   be   finalized,   integrated,   and  efficiently   disseminated.   One   of   the   key   project   Towards   the   end   of   the   project   we   also  outputs,   namely   the   calibrated   high-­‐resolution   strengthened   our   implication   in   both   ICPDR  hydrological   model   of   the   Black   Sea   catchment,   was   (Danube   Commission)   and   the   Black   Sea  finalized   towards   the   very   end   of   the   project.   We   had   Commission.   ICPDR   has   officially   adopted   the  to   face   many   complex   data   integration   issues   and   strategy   of   an   open-­‐source   SDI   based   on   the  new   software   development   was   required   to   handle   recommendation  of  the  enviroGRIDS  project.  the   largest   SWAT   hydrological   model   ever   developed.   As   much   as   we   have   achieved,   challenges   still  Great  collaboration  among  partners  made  it  possible   remain.   An   administrative   one   is   first   expected,  eventually,  and  this  SWAT  model  will  be  the  basis  of   as   we are ge     aring   up   for   writing   the   Final  many  applications  beyond  the  project  life  span.   Report   to   be   submitted   to   the   Commission.  GEO/GEOSS   activities   continued   to   be   strengthened   Then,   some   of   the   results,   methodologies,  during  that  period,  with  our  participation  in  the  GEO   tools,   concepts,   and   analyses   from   the   project  Plenary   in   Foz   do   Iguaçu   (Brazil)   in   November   2012.   will   be   published   through   three   special   issues  Capacity   building   on   GEOSS   and   OGC   related   material   of  peer-­‐reviewed  international  journals.  Finally,  was   done   in   Georgia   during   the   Final   meeting   of   the   the   momentum   of   the   collaboration   among  project   (Oct.   30   –   Nov.   2,   2012).   Numerous   services   several  partners  needs  to  be  maintained,  and  it  (25+),   data   sets   (250+)   and   layers   (300000+)   have   will  be  through  forthcoming  joint  projects.  been   registered   in   the   GEOSS   by   enviroGRIDS   As  the  project  comes  to  its  completion,  a  deep  partners.   feeling  surfaces:  that  of  being  immensely  lucky  The   enviroGRIDS   portal   to  have  had  the  privilege  of  (   managing  enviroGRIDS.  The  has  gone  through  its  final  lifting,   many  colleagues  –  now  friends  and   access   to   the   key   tools   –  I  had  to  interact  with,  the  (Geoportal,   Greenland,   gSWAT,   challenges  and  the  solutions,  eGLE,   BASHYT)   developed   in   the   the  achievements,  the  project  is  now  possible  through  a   difficulties.  I  learnt  a  lot,  and  useful  single  sign-­‐on.   had  my  share  of  capacity   building,  for  the  future!  The   dissemination   "dream   item"  came   from   the   TV   channel  EuroNews.   They   covered   the  project   through   an   extensive   8’  
  4. 4. UNIGE  (Violeta  Djambazova)   inseparable   facet   of   the   pure ‘technical’     I   engaged   in   enviroGRIDS   aspects   of   research   in   a   research   project   of   this   for   my   first   research   magnitude.   project   as   a   Master   My   interest   was   caught   in   particular   by   the   student   at   the   University   question  of  the  role  of  science  in  policy  making.   of   Geneva.   It   was   a   very   It   is   the most   relevant   one   to   the   goal   of     rich   opportunity   in   terms   implementing   policy   targets   in   sustainable   of   partners   involved   as   development  through  funding  of  research,  such   well   as   objectives   and   as   expressed   by   the   European   Community   in  corresponding   research   topics.   I   was   enthusiastic   to   contributing   to   enviroGRIDS.   In   the  participate   in   such   an   effort   supported   by   the   continuation   of   the   project,   it   is   currently   the  European   Community   and   curious   to   explore   topic   of   my   doctoral   thesis   in   environmental  international   collaboration.   Being   Bulgarian,   I   was   sciences.  also   eager   to   contribute   to   the   undertaking   of    Bulgaria   as   a   partner   country   towards   sustainable   UNEP/GRID  (Grégory  Giuliani)  energy  use.   EnviroGRIDS   is   so   far  Thus   my   work   was   directed   to   the   evaluation   of   the   the   greatest   moment  electricity   production   potential   from   wind   of   my   scientific  installations   in   Bulgaria.   I   was   in   contact   with   local   career.   This   was   a  partners,   both   the   wind   data   holders   and   energy   unique   opportunity  experts.   We   exchanged   by   writing   and   met   on   one   for   a   young   scientist  occasion.   But   distance   with   research   partners   is   not   to   be   part   of   such   an  easily  managed,  not  only  for  itself  but  because  it  can   important   and  reflect   differences   in   viewpoint,   research   method,   ambitious  project.    stakes   in   the   project,   understanding   of   research  goals,  data  sharing  policy,  fears  and  expectations.  All   From  a  scientific  point  of  view,  I  had  the  chance  of  which  factors  I  did  not  suspect  the  influence.   to   lead   the   workpackage   on   Spatial   Data   Infrastructure   and   to   do   my   PhD   under   the  Therefore  difficulties  in  collaboration  relations  in  this   supervision  of  Prof.  Anthony  Lehmann  (UNIGE-­‐context   range   from   plain   misunderstandings   to   Switzerland)   and   Prof.   Stefano   Nativi   (CNR-­‐manifestations   of   politics   associated   with   scientific   Italy).   I   learned   also   a   lot   in   contact   with   so  research,   in   addition   to   the   politics   of   the   subject   many   good   scientists   belonging   to   this  matter,   here   renewable   energy   use.   The   latter   two   consortium.    are  not  simple  to  dissociate  and  I  experienced  this  as  a   complex   canvas,   against   which   to   interpret   In   a   general   scientific   context,   sharing   and  interactions,  and  work  towards  completing  my  study.   documenting   data   is   part   of   the   elementary  Considerations   relating   to   political   science   are   an   scientific   approach,   allowing   scientists   to   compare   their   results   and   methods   more  
  5. 5. easily,   and   then   enhancing   scientific   accountability,   UMA  (Emanuele  Mancosu)  credibility   and   potentially   improving   quality   of   data    for  the  benefit  of  everyone.   I  entered   the   enviroGRIDS  This  project  also  gave  me  the  possibility  to  participate   project  at  the  end  of  2010  in   numerous   events   and   conferences   around   Europe   supporting   the   tasks   of  and  outside.  This  allowed  me  to  discover  the  state-­‐of-­‐ work   package   3,   at   the  the-­‐art   of   spatial   data   infrastructure   and   this   was   beginning   with   the  really  exciting.   Autonomous  University  of  Probably   the   most   important   lesson   I   have   learnt   in   Barcelona   and   later   with  enviroGRIDS  is  that,  besides  all  the  good  scientific  and   the   University   of   Malaga.  technical  results,  an  important  aspect  of  participating   I   gained   more   and   more  in   a   large   European   research   project   is   the   spirit   of   responsibility   up   to  collaboration.  Having  the  chance  to  work  with  various   coordinating   the   WP3s   activities   during   the  scientists   coming   from   different   countries   with   last   year   of   the   project.   WP3   aims   at   building  different   cultures   was   stimulating.   All   these   moments   future   scenarios   of   land   use,   climate   and  of   exchange,   sharing,   discussions   have   enriched   and   demography  for  the  Black  Sea  catchment,  as  a  broadened  my  scientific  and  human  horizons.   basis  for  assessing  water  resources.  One  of  the  objectives  of  enviroGRIDS  was  to  build  the   Thanks   to   this   project,   I   have   been   able   to  capacities  of  scientists  to  share  data  in  the  Black  Sea   expand   my   knowledge   in   the   field   of   land   use  region.   Enabling   data   sharing   relies   mostly   on   dynamics,   also   to   the   competence   of   the  individuals   that   should   have   in   common:   (1)   a   sense   European   Topic   Centre   (ETCLUSI,   then   ETCSIA)  that   better   data   will   lead   to   better   decisions,   (2)   a   where   I   am   working.   Several   methodologies  sharing   spirit   that   they   got   something   in   return   and   previously   explored   in   a   European   framework  are  viewed  as  collaborative  partners,  and  (3)  the  fact   were   extended   to   the   Black   Sea   basin   level,  that   they   are   involved   in   a   professional   culture   that   bordering  the  crossroad  of  Eastern  Europe  and  honours  serving  society  and  cooperating  with  others.   Western  Asia.  For   me this   was   a   ke value re se ,   y     pre ntative of     Such   a   deep   research   implied   interpretative  enviroGRIDS  partners.   exchanges   with   partners   and   local   institutions  At   the   end   of   this   project,   I   would   like   to   thank   all   the   to   find   out   regional   data,   being   aware   of  enviroGRIDS  members  for  their  time,  patience,  trust,   physical   geographic   conditions   and   policy  friendship,   and   for   all   the   great   moments   we   had   status   of   the   territory   to   overcome   lack   of  along   the   entire   project.   I   really   hope   that   we   will   resources  and  fulfil  the  research  background.  have   the   chance   to   continue   our   collaborations   in   the   Among   the   assimilated   technical   work,   mostly  future.…   characterized   by   evaluating   and   improving   GIS     procedures,   the   analysis   and   application   of   a     modelling  framework  was  the  most  interesting  
  6. 6. part.   This   necessity   brought   the   team   and   me   to   impossible   and   with   cooperation   and  master   powerful   modelling   software   able   to   draw   collaboration   everything   could   be   achieved.  plausible   future   scenarios   on   land   use,   through   the   This   work   was   a   great   opportunity   for   me   to  interpretation   of   historical   data   and   by   employing   tackle   existing   gaps   in   water   resources  ancillary   data   as   driving   forces.   The   whole   process   management   in   the   region,   and   to   contribute  was   supported   by   evaluation   of   experts.   Since   the   to  a  high  standard  scientific  community  as  well  project  had  ambitious  objectives,  work  package  3  was   as   stakeholders.   Now   that   I   am   looking   back,   I  also   a   big   challenge:   operating   within   a   wide   study   see   all   the   ups   and   downs,   and   I   realize   how  area,   selecting   useful   data   from   different   providers   much   I   have   learned.   I   am   very   grateful   for  and   countries,   processing   a   huge   quantity   of   data,   being   part   of   the   professional   team   in   the  and  finally  producing  convincing  results.   enviroGRIDS   project,   and   am   humbled   by   the  EnviroGRIDS   has   made   collaboration   possible   with   challenging  task   in  front  of  us.  EnviroGRIDS  not  experts   from   different   countries   and   contexts,   only   brought   me   a   valuable   scientific  starting  from  the  smaller  circle  of  colleagues  from  the   experience  in  water  research  study,  hydrology,  centre,  passing  through  the  WP’s  partners  and  up  to   modelling,   climate   change   and   land   use   change  the   larger   net   of   experts   and   institutions   involved.   impact   analysis,   but   also   it   was   a   great   source  Creating   stronger   relationships   has   facilitated   the   of   ideas   and   experiences   on   how   to   work   as   a  expansion   of   scientific   knowledge   reaching   great   team.   The   project   deepened   my   insight   of   the  results.   Moreover,   it   was   fundamental   to   have   the   spirit   of   shared   environment   -­‐shared  chance   to   learn   from   the   Black   Sea   area,   not   only   in   a   experiences-­‐   and   shared   data.   I   realized   that  theoretic  way  but  also  in  a  more  active  way,  meeting   environment   does   not   know   political  the   people   and   visiting   the   places   involved,   making   boundaries,   and   environmental   problems   do  this  experience  more  real.   not  stop  at  the  borders!     The  objective  of  the  project  was  to  explore  the   past,  present  and  future  of  the  Black  Sea  Basin  EAWAG  (Elham  Rouholahnejad)   and   I   am   very   happy   to   have   contributed   in   the   I   started   my   PhD   study   at   the   hydrological   part.   The   important   questions   ETH   Zurich,   Environmental   were:   Science   Department   in   September   2009.   My   project   -­‐   Are   the   existing   databases   sufficient   for   was   to   study   the   water   modelling   the   BSB?   Could   we   build   a   high-­‐ resources   availability   and   resolution   hydrological-­‐crop   model   of   the   quality   in   the   Black   Sea   Basin   region?  Could  we  calibrate  and  validate  such  a   within   the   framework   of   the   model?   Could   we   estimate   how   much  enviroGRIDS  project.  My  task  was  a  rather  ambitious   freshwater   there   is   and   what   is   the   status   of  one   and   seemed   unapproachable   to   me   at   the   water  quality?  How  much  confidence  would  we  beginning,   but   I   quickly   learned   that   nothing   was   have   of   our   estimates?   Could   such   a   large   model   be   run   on   our   existing   computer  
  7. 7. resources?  What  would  the  future  hold  for  the  region   most   important   milestone   experiences   in   my  in  light  of  climate  and  land  use  changes?   professional  life  for  several  reasons.    Tremendous   advances   in   modelling   and   model   EnviroGRIDS   gave   me   the   opportunity   to   work  calibration   have   allowed   us   to   perform   the   tasks   in   a   scientific   network   with   a   large   number   of  mentioned   above.   We   used   Soil   and   Water   qualified   scientists.   We   all   shared   our  Assessment   Tool   (SWAT)   to   build   the   hydrological   experiences   and   knowledge   on   our   fields  water  quantity-­‐quality  model  coupled  with  crop  yield.   during   meetings   and   conferences   for   four  We   used   SWAT-­‐CUP   to   calibrate   and   validate   the   years,   so   it   was   a   great   pleasure   for   me   to   be  model  with  uncertainty  analysis.     involved  in  such  a  comprehensive  project.     EnviroGRIDS  project  aimed  to  build  capacity  for  Using   the   above   methodologies,   we we   able to     re   a   Black   Sea   Catchment   Observation   and  study   the   past   37   years   of   the Black   Sea   Basin     Assessment   System   supporting   Sustainable  hydrological   statues,   assess   historical   changes,   Development.   This   goal   does   not   only   include  support   environmental   monitoring   and   seasonal   the   technical   aspects   such   as   data   and  forecasting  of  trends,  and  we  evaluated  the  impact  of   methodology  but  also  covers  training  of  young  natural   and   manmade   pressures   on   water   resources   scientist   to   be   able   to   ensure   the   permanency  by   prediction   of   future   changes.   We   hope   that   this   and   sustainability   of   the   scientific   works   at  leads   to   analysis   of   alternative   management   plans   Black   Sea   Catchment   in   the   future.   All   of   the  and   establishes   optimal   strategies   by   decision   makers   young   researchers   who   started   their   PhD  for   reaching   the   desired   water   quantity   and   quality   research   within   the   enviroGRIDS   project   are  standards  in  the  Black  Sea  Basin.   now  young  and  experienced  scientists  ready  to     work   for   the   progress   of   the   Black   Sea   Catchment.   This   result   is   going   to   sustain   the  ITU  (Özgür  Doğru)   spirit   of   the   enviroGRIDS   project   when   it   is   I   have been   involved   in     completed.     enviroGRIDS   project   as   a   I   was   involved   in   WP2   and   WP5  as   a   researcher   member   of   ITU   Partner   since   during   the   enviroGRIDS   project   and   I   was   also   the   beginning,   the   year   2009,   assisting   the   Leader   of   Work   Package   5,   Prof.   when  I  was  a  visiting  researcher   Dr.   Seval   SÖZEN.   Therefore,   in   addition   to   for   my   PhD   research   at   the   technical   self-­‐improvement   on   GIS   and   open-­‐ National   Geographic   Institute,   source   data   publishing   issues,   enviroGRIDS   in   France.   Although   project   acquainted   me   with   management   enviroGRIDS   was   not   the   first   processes.   At   the   end   of   the   project,   I   would  EU  project  that  I  was  involved  in,  it  is  the  biggest  one   like   to   thank   all   enviroGRIDS   members   who  with  lots  of  researchers  from  30  partners  distributed   have  contributed  to  the  project.  I  hope  that  our  in   15   countries   from   all   over   the   Black   Sea   Catchment   professional   relations   will   continue   in   the  and   Europe.   Therefore,   enviroGRIDS   is   one   of   my   future.        
  8. 8. ITU  (Filiz  Bektaş  Balçık)   UTCN  (Denisa  Rodila)   I   have   participated   in   In   this   project,   I   have   enviroGRIDS   since   2009   as   a   found   a   collaborative   member   of   Istanbul   Technical   environment   which   University   team.   This   project   offered   me   the   allowed   me   to   work   with   30   chance  to  be  part  of  a   different   partners   from   15   great   scientific   different   countries.   I   believe   research  team  and  to   that   it   was   a   unique   meet   experts   in   opportunity   to   improve   not   different   research   only   my   scientific   vision   but   fields.  Being  part  of  this  community  helped  me  also  my social  and  cultural  point  of  view.     grow  and  enhance  my  knowledge  especially   in  Within   this   project,   I   had   a   great   chance   to   work   as   Environmental   Sciences   but   also   in   Computer  part   of   a   scientific   network   in   a   collaborative   Sciences  considering  the  project  challenges  and  environment.   During   the   project,   I   have   gained   collaborations.  valuable  knowledge  from  other  disciplines.  I  also  had   I   have   developed   tight   professional  a   chance   to   improve   my   skills   to   work   together   with   relationships   with   all   the   partners   that   I   have  scientists   from   different   disciplines   and   different   collaborated   with,   based   on   competent  countries   in   a   comprehensive   project.   We   had   the   professional   skills   and   good   communication.  opportunity  to  share  our  experiences  and  knowledge   During   the   project   meetings   and   reunions   I   had  related  to  our  topics  via  conferences,  workshops  and   a  great  intercultural  experience,  which  allowed  meetings   carried   out   at   different   times   and   in   many   me   to   get   in   contact   with   a   lot   of   different  countries.  It  was  a  great  pleasure  for  me  to  be  part  of   people   and   their   culture,   and   to   share  this   multi-­‐cultural   collaborative   environment   and   information  and  knowledge.  share  our  experiences.     Although   enviroGRIDS   was   not   the   first  In   this   project,   I   took   part   in   two   different   working   international   project   I   was   involved   in,   I   have  groups   (WP2   and   WP5).   Especially   close   collaboration   gained   a   lot   of   experience   in   working   with  between   ITU   and   UTCN   guided   me   to   improve   my   teams   having   different   backgrounds   and  aspect   in   Remote   Sensing   Technology   and   Computer   different   expertise.   I   was   sometimes   intrigued  Sciences.   During   this   project,   the   most   important   and  surprised  to  find  out  how  experts  in  other  achievement   for   me   was   learning   how   to   find   an   research   fields   perceive   the   insight   of  efficient   way   to   work   with   scientists   who   are   expert   Computer   Sciences   and   what   the   general   idea  in   different   disciplines.   I   strongly   believed   that   this   is   about   the   computing   environments   behind  project  allowed  me  to  get  a  chance  to  work  with  the   every  system.  I  have  shared  a  lot  of  knowledge  best   professionals   in   their   own   areas,   a   chance   that   is   and   I   have   improved   my   know-­‐how   in   related  rarely  given  for  a  young  scientist  like  me.  
  9. 9. research   fields,   which   helped   me   broaden   my   Other   tasks   in   WP7   included   the   compilation   of  horizons  even  more.   policy  briefs  and  newsletters,  writing  reports  of  I  have  gained  experience  working  and  collaborating  in   workshops,  gathering  open  access  publications  the   interdisciplinary   domains   of   Environment   and   etc.   They   were   successfully   fulfilled   thanks   to  Computer   Sciences   and   these   gained   scientific   the   good   response   and   support   of   all   the    capacities   and   experiences   have   been   capitalized   in   enviroGRIDS  partners.  different   high-­‐level   national   and   international   Furthermore,   Antea   Group   also   had   a   mayor  journals  and  conference  papers.   role   in   Work   Package   5,   dealing   with   Early  Overall,   I   had   a   great   pleasure   being   part   of   such   a   Warning  Systems  in  the  Black  Sea  Region  based  large   consortium   and   getting   to   know   such   wonderful   on   pilot   case   studies.   I   have   been   focusing   on  people, starting   from   the   management   team   and   the   social   impacts   of   floods   (Körös   case   study,  continuing   with   all   the   partners   I   interacted   with.   Hungary).   A   GIS   tool   was   built   to   assess   the  From  my  point  of  view,  enviroGRIDS  was  a  successful   social   impact   of   floods.   It   has   been   a   real  project  not  only  for  fulfilling  the  proposed  objectives   challenge   and   opportunity   to   work   in   a   data  but  also  for  creating  strong  professional  relationships   poor  environment.  among  the  involved  partners.   This   enviroGRIDS   project   has   been   a   great     scientific   and   intercultural   experience   to   me   and   I   have   been   able   to   get   in   contact   with   a  ANTEA  GROUP  (Annelies  Beel)   many   different   people.   Furthermore,   I   would   My   company,   a   private   engineering   also   like   to   thank   all   the   colleagues   at   Antea   consultancy,   was   responsible   for   Group  that  cooperated  in  this  project.   Work   Package   7   on   ‘Dissemination     and   training’.   I   started   cooperating   in   enviroGRIDS   by   organizing   a   small   Project  after-­‐life  plan  (Anthony  Lehmann)   project   meeting   in   Ghent   (Belgium)   A  lot  of  efforts  have  been  put  in  this  project  to   in  October  2010.  Compared  with  the   help   and   serve   the   two   main   identified   end   meeting  in  Batumi   2  years  later,  this   users,   namely   the   BSC   and   the   ICPDR.   The   was  a  minor  challenge.     challenge   for   after   the   end   of   the   project   is   to  Now,   after   having   organized   the   end   conference   in   insure   that   these   commissions   will   be   able   to  Batumi  (November  2012,  Georgia)  for  more  than  200   use   the   products   of   the   project,   and   that   the  people,  I  have  learned  a  lot.   partners   will   keep   trying   to   develop   new  Thanks  to  the  excellent  cooperation  with  enviroGRIDS   activities   and   projects   in   relationship   to   what  partners   such   as   Anthony   Lehmann   and   Nicolas   Ray   was  achieved  in  the  enviroGRIDS  project.    (Coordinators,   University   of   Geneva)   and   Mamuka   In   order   to   favour   this   process,   we   proposed   to  Gvilava   (Geographic,   Georgia)   and   the   Tourism   sign   agreements   with   the   BSC,   the   ICPDR   and  Agency  of  Batumi,  this  conference  was  a  real  success.   between   the   enviroGRIDS   partners   in   charge   of   the   Black   Sea   Catchment   –   Observation  
  10. 10. System.   The   aim   of   these   agreements   is   to   maintain   D5.11   Report   on   the   Biodiversity   societal   benefit  the   interest   and   capacities   of   the   two   commissions   to   area  use  the  outputs  of  enviroGRIDS  on  one  side,  and  also   D6.11   Functional   prototypes   available   on   the   web  to  keep  the  system  up  and  running  on  the  other  side.   of  BSC-­‐OS  for  citizens  For   the   Black   Sea   Commission,   the   possibility   of   D7.17   Fourth  newsletter  and  policy  briefing  setting   nutrient   loads   targets   for   each   catchment   D7.18   Report  on  End-­‐conference  entering  the  Black  Sea  is  an  interesting  mean  to  drive    a  new  policy  to  reduce  the  eutrophication  in  the  Black   Selected  2012  Publications  Sea.   Gorgan,  D.,  Bacu,  V.,  Mihon,  D.,  Stefanut,  T.,  Rodila,  For  the  ICPDR,  a  great  opportunity  exists  to  extend  its   D.,  Cau,  P.,  Abbaspour,  K.,  Giuliani,  G.,  Ray,  N.  great   experience   on   River   basin   management   in   the   and  A.  Lehmann.  2012.  Software  platform  East.   interoperability  throughout  enviroGRIDS   portal.  Journal  of  Selected  Topics  in  Applied  For  the  enviroGRIDS  project,  the  aim  is  to  keep  all  the   Earth  Observations  and  Remote  Sensing,  5(6):  data   and   the   models   produced   by   the   project   freely   1617-­‐1627  available,   especially   the   scenarios   and   the   Rouholahnejad,  E.,  Abbaspour,  K.C.,  Vejdani,  M.,  hydrological  model  outputs.   Srinivasan,  R.,  Schulin,  R.  &  Lehmann,  A.  2012,  From   the   University   of   Geneva   coordination,   the   A  parallelization  framework  for  calibration  of  participation   in   two   new   FP7   networking   projects   hydrological  models.  Environmental  Modelling  (IASON   &   EOPOWER)   will   allow   to   pursue   the   &  Software31:  28-­‐36  development  of  useful  technical  solutions.   Medinets  S.,  &  Medinets  V.  2012.  Investigations  of  Thanks   to   our   Georgian   partner,   it   is   now   clearly   Atmospheric  Wet  and  Dry  Nutrient  Deposition  established   that   this   country   will   be   the   next   one   to  Marine  Surface  in  Western  Part  of  the  Black   Sea.Turkish  Journal  of  Fisheries  and  Aquatic  becoming  an  official  GEO  member.   Sciences  12:  497-­‐505  Finally,  the  University  of  Geneva  and  UNEP/GRID  will    actively   participate   in   the   organisation   of   the   next  GEO   Plenary   and   Ministerial   in   Geneva   in   January   Acknowledgements  2014.   The   European   Commission,   project   under   call     FP7-­‐ENV-­‐2008-­‐1,  grant  agreement  No.  226740.  Public  Deliverables  (months  37-­‐48)  (soon  available  at  D4.11   Calibrated   water   quantity   and   quality   model   for  BSC,  with  impacts  of  scenarios  D5.8   Synthesis  of  vulnerability  and  adaptation  issues  D5.10   Illustrated   pilot   case   studies   for   the   Black   Sea  Catchment  Disaster  Early  Warning  System  
  11. 11. Final  enviroGRIDS  event  at  the  GEO  headquarter  in  Geneva    
  12. 12. Proud  to  be  an  enviroGRIDS  partner: