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DSD-INT 2019 Introduction to DANUBIUS-RI-Otter

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Presentation by Henriette Otter (Deltares, The Netherlands), at the DANUBIUS Modelling Workshop, during Delft Software Days - Edition 2019. Friday, 8 November 2019, Delft.

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DSD-INT 2019 Introduction to DANUBIUS-RI-Otter

  1. 1. Introduction to DANUBIUS-RI Henriëtte Otter, Deltares DANUBIUS-Preparatory Phase Consortium (EC grant no 739562 )
  2. 2. mountains middle river sea tributaries lower river estuaryhead waters snow melt rain country border region border supersites (living labs) ground water A distributed, pan-European Environmental Research Infrastructure on the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures
  3. 3. DANUBIUS-RI DANUBIUS-RI’s Vision To achieve healthy River-Sea Systems and to advance their sustainable use, in order to live within the planet’s ecological limits by 2050. Mission To facilitate excellent science on the continuum from river source to sea; to offer state-of-the art research infrastructure; and provide the integrated knowledge required to manage and protect River-Sea Systems. Goal To overcome the current fragmentation of science, knowledge, data and management in rivers and seas by integrating spatial, temporal, disciplinary and sectorial thinking. To provide scientific solutions to environmental and societal risks arising from global and climate change. We will offer a source to sea perspective to resolve problems arising from human impacts on River-Sea Systems.
  4. 4. DANUBIUS-RI River-Sea systems are social-ecological systems (SES) - DANUBIUS-RI will contribute to overcome the dichotomy of nature and society Addressing Change and Resilience: acknowledge the feedbacks and interactions between humans and ecosystems, to define realistic management & conservation objectives Mission-oriented: by facilitating concrete projects to achieve targeted missions and to address global challenges (SDG’s) Integrated: spatial, temporal, problem-based Interdisciplinary and participatory: Establishment of enduring connections between researchers, policymakers and industry practitioners DANUBIUS-RI’s Methodological Approach
  5. 5. DANUBIUS-RI Gorick for HZG DANUBIUS-RI offers: ▪ State-of-the-art and fit-for-purpose facilities of river to coastal sea observation systems; ▪ Development and implementation of interoperable and harmonised methods, tools and models, to achieve comparability across the freshwater-seawater continuum; ▪ Data portal to integrate existing data and knowledge across sectors and disciplines, supplemented by new data and syntheses; ▪ Smart observation and analytical technologies developed jointly with SMEs; ▪ Test beds for nature-based management and restoration solutions; ▪ Education and training programmes for scientists; ▪ Engagement with public authorities and policy makers through assessment, evaluation and measures to improve the environmental status of River-Sea Systems; ▪ Outreach to, and education for, the interested wider public.
  6. 6. DANUBIUS-RI Global change and global megatrends affect River-Sea Systems at scales ranging from local to global Guiding Questions for DANUBIUS-RI • What constitutes a healthy River-Sea System in the Anthropocene? • How are River-Sea Systems changing due to multiple and interacting pressures? • How do processes and changes in parts of the River-Sea System propagate within the River-Sea continuum, both up and downstream? • How are these changes affecting ecosystem health, its functioning and services? • How can we sustainably balance use, protection and development of River-Sea Systems? • How can we define and implement a management regime that can sustain the ecosystem services of a River- Sea System?
  7. 7. DANUBIUS-RI DANUBIUS-RI research areas to be addressed for achieving healthy River-Sea Systems: Global Change and Megatrends ➢ Climate Change and Extreme Events Water and Sediment ➢ Hydromorphology and Quantity: From Source to Sea ➢ Quality: Nutrients and Pollutants Biodiversity and Ecosystems ➢ Ecosystem Functioning ➢ Ecosystem Services Multiple impacts on River- Sea Systems, taking into account the need to respond to complexity
  8. 8. DANUBIUS-RI DANUBIUS-RI Structure and Governance
  9. 9. DANUBIUS-RI Location of the DANUBIUS-RI Components
  10. 10. DANUBIUS-RI River-Sea System Headwaters Middle Waters Lower & Transitional Waters Coastal Waters Danube-Black Sea Elbe-North Sea Rhine-North Sea Thames-North Sea Tay-North Sea Guadalquivir-Atlantic Ocean Ebro-Mediterranean Sea Po-Adriatic Sea Nestos-Aegean Sea DANUBIUS-RI’s River-Sea Systems, their catchments and Supersite coverages
  11. 11. DANUBIUS-RI tributariessnow melt rain country border region border supersites (living labs) ground water Supersites: living labs, innovative automated observations, ship & lab access, data & computing, research DANUBIUS-RI Components & Interaction Provision of expertise, coordination of activities
  12. 12. DANUBIUS-RI ➢ Fully-funded operational environmental research infrastructure, which attracts top scientists worldwide; ➢ State-of-the-art services and data facilitate collaboration between stakeholders in research, industry, policy and third sector organisations; ➢ This will contribute to new understandings, effective interventions and policy instruments that ensure the sustainable functioning of River-Sea-Systems and ecosystem service provision; ➢ The first generation of young scientists trained by DANUBIUS-RI will be internationally recognised specialists in their field; ➢ The River-Sea System approach will be established as the new paradigm for sustainable management of River-Sea Systems. Our Vision for Success in 2030

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