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In the Himalayan region, several countries and their hydrological system are affected by climate change. Northern India is one of the regions that rely on the summer monsoon and glacier snow melt for their water resources. Climate change triggers the retreat of Himalayan glaciers and possible changes of the Indian monsoon, thereby impacting the distribution of water. Hence, northern India needs damage-reducing techniques to adapt to the effects of climate change on its hydrological system.


The “European Eel Investigation and Assessment of their Decline” project (or EELIAD), funded under the seventh framework programme (FP7) which is a grant funding programme, provides scientific knowledge to allow the recovery of European eel populations. The initiative is characterised by scientific collaboration and the deployment of networking activities to establish a network of excellence throughout Europe. It aims to increase the understanding of the behaviour, biology and ecology of eels, particularly by bringing together numerous external (i.e. environmental) and internal (i.e. biological) factors that may influence their migration. To reach this goal, large-scale monitoring and sensing technologies, such as automatized and remote sensing devices supported by numerical models, are being used.


Fire Detection and Management through a Multi-Sensor Network for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Areas from the Risk of Fire and Extreme Weather Conditions, FIRESENSE project, aims to develop an automatized and remote sensing system to monitor areas of archaeological and cultural interest and protect them from the risk of fire and extreme weather conditions.


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.


Absorbing large amounts of atmospheric CO2, the oceans are large and important buffering zones in the Earth system. A correct quantification of the present uptake is not only vital to map the current patterns, but also to ensure relevant estimates of how large the future marine uptake of CO2 will be and how these patterns will change. The needs for relevant data have been noted by the European Commission, funding two subsequent projects on the subject of marine carbon uptake coordinated by the University of Bergen in Norway.


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 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.


The Hydrometeorological data resources and technologies for effective flash flood forecasting project (HYDRATE), which was funded under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP 6), aimed to develop damage-reducing techniques towards flash floods to ensure public safety and improve quality of life.