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Integrated Ecological Coastal Zone Management System

Objective

Ecologists and social scientists have only recently realized that in order to fulfil the requirements for sustainable development, human beings have to be explicitly incorporated as structural components of ecosystems. Indeed, the clear distinction between natural and managed ecosystems is slowly fading-away, leaving us with the task of re-writing ecological theory in order to incorporate anthropogenic pressure. New concepts, necessary to understand these eco-social systems, will be assessed in this project, based on a modular approach to ecosystem modelling. This approach comprises physical and ecological models for computing transport and biological activity in the aquatic system. Anthropogenic influence on the drainage basins, determined by satellite data and models for ground and surface waters, will be translated through boundary fluxes to the aquatic system. These tools will cover problems and key issues identified in study areas. Environmental state and impacts will be translated into indexes to be incorporated on a spatial decision support system backed in the DIPSR decision framework. Local stakeholders will help establishing study scenarios and indexes for social-economic analyses. The project will focus on three different coastal zones.
These sites include an estuary with mangroves in Brazil, a fiord in Chile and a large estuary with wide intertidal areas in Argentina. These systems host very important economical activities (including two important ports) and have been studied by major universities and/or research institutes in the respective countries. The major products of the project are: a knowledge base on estuarine and basin management, for answering basic to intermediate level questions, and a spatial decision support system to provide guidelines for restoration and sustainable development of these ecosystems. Technologies similar to those recommended by EU Urban Waste Water Directive will be set up.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-DEV-1
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TÉCNICO
Address
Av. Rovisco Pais, Nº 1
Lisboa
Portugal

Participants (9)

NOCTILUCA MARIEN-WETENSCHAPPELIJK ADVIESBUREAU
Netherlands
Address
V.polanenpark 212
Wassenaar
UNIVERSITY OF TRIESTE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Europa 1
Trieste
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE EDUCAÇÃO SANTA CECÍLIA
Brazil
Address
Rua Oswaldo Cruz, Nº 266
Santos - Sp
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE
Chile
Address
Alameda Bernardo O'higgins 1058
Santiago
CENTRO DE ECOLOGÍA APLICADA LTDA.
Chile
Address
Av. Suecia 3304, Ñuñoa
Santiago
HIDROMOD, MODELAÇÃO EM ENGENHARIA, LDA.
Portugal
Address
Taguspark, Núcleo Central, 349
Porto Salvo
INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE OCEANOGRAFÍA
Argentina
Address
Complejo Cribabb. Florida 4000, Edificio E-1
Bahía Blanca
INSTITUTO OCEANOGRÁFICO DA UNIVERSIDADE DE SÃO PAULO
Brazil
Address
Praça Do Oceanográfico, 191 Cidade Universitária Butantã
São Paulo
LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
Portugal
Address
Avenida Do Brasil 101
Lisboa