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DESURVEY

The DeSurvey Desertification Surveillance System Tool Box (DDSS) comprises a set of five software tools for modelling and geomatic monitoring in wide land zones in order to evaluate, forecast and assess the desertification effects therein.

WATCH

The Water and Global Change project (WATCH) has for the first time brought together the hydrological, water resources and climate research communities at an international level with the overall aim of uniting their expertise into a single study on the global water cycle and how it responds to the drivers of climate change.

NEAREST

Since the devastating Asian tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, the interest in systematic studies of the Mediterranean tsunami situation and related damage-reducing techniques has been growing.  Tsunamis in the Mediterranean Sea are not as frequent as those in the Pacific or Indian Oceans, but have nevertheless historically caused severe damage and loss of lives. In the NEAREST project (Integrated observations from NEAR shore sourcES of Tsunamis: towards an early warning system), the complex situation of near-shore tsunamis has been thoroughly analysed by experts from ten scientific institutions and one company. The project was funded by the European Union Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), a grant funding programme, and coordinated by the Institute of Marine Sciences in Italy.

ENVIROGRIDS

ENVIROGRIDS aims at collecting and gathering spread data concerning the Black Sea catchment area as well as building a network of information and observation systems to address environmental and societal benefit aspects within a changing climate, demographic and land use framework.

LIVEDIVERSE

LIVEDIVERSE (LD) is a new approach to find ways to improve water-based livelihoods, while at the same time protecting biodiversity. LD has identified the relationships between different forms of vulnerability (ecological, socioeconomic and cultural-spiritual) and presented these relationships in a managing support Geographic Information System (GIS) software tool for the four target cases of study in developing countries.

NOVAC

Volcanic gas emissions, together with geology related data such as seismic activity, are important indicators in the volcanic risk assessment procedure for natural disaster management. In the project Network for Observation of Volcanic and Atmospheric Change – NOVAC, a global metrology network of stations for measurements of gas emissions and air pollution monitoring from volcanoes was established.