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Smart high-frequency environmental sensor networks for quantifying nonlinear hydrological process dynamics across spatial scales

Objective

Regulators and industries are challenged by the difficulty to analyse and predict the impact of nonlinear environmental processes on short-term and long-term responses of ecosystems to environmental change. Until very recently, the development of most conventional monitoring, forecasting and prediction tools has been based on the assumption of stationary environmental systems. In the context of global change these tools are increasingly pushed towards and even beyond their design limits (the latter resulting in the first line from the prevailing limitations in spatial and temporal resolution of environmental observations).

For this project, we propose a rationale stating that only novel, high-frequency/high-resolution environmental monitoring and predictive modelling will yield new process understanding of ecosystem functioning. Technological progress offers as many opportunities as it triggers challenges: what is needed now are new strategies to generate, manage and analyse BIG DATA at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. Innovation can only stand as a synonym for ‘significant positive changes’ if [a] we manage to clearly state the challenges (global change & non-stationarity) and problems (generating and managing high-frequency information) and [b] transform them into solutions, i.e. the quantification and prediction of environmental responses to global change as a prerequisite for designing and implementing adaptation and/or mitigation strategies wherever needed.

The timely outcomes of this research project will hence be of great relevance for the scientific community, regulatory agencies, and the private sector.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Net EU contribution
€ 454 500,00
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 454 500,00

Participants (14)

SILIXA LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 166 500,00
Address
Centennial Avenue 230 Centennial
WD6 3SN Elstree Hertfordshire

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East of England Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 166 500,00
RS HYDRO LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 49 500,00
Address
128 Leask House Hanbury Road Stoke Prior
B60 4JZ Bromsgrove

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Region
West Midlands (England) Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire Worcestershire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 49 500,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 283 500,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 283 500,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 189 000,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 189 000,00
NATURALEA CONSERVACIO, SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 108 000,00
Address
Can Carner Terra Alta - Pol.ind. 51
08211 Castellar Del Valles

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 108 000,00
LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
Net EU contribution
€ 153 000,00
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette

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Region
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 153 000,00
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 283 500,00
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 283 500,00
FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 220 500,00
Address
Rudower Chaussee 17
12489 Berlin

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 220 500,00
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 58 500,00
Address
Telegrafenberg 17
14473 Potsdam

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Region
Brandenburg Brandenburg Potsdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 58 500,00
HYDRORESEARCH SAM JOHANSSON AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 85 500,00
Address
Stora Marknadsvagen 15 S Vpl 12
183 34 Taby

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 85 500,00
UVDYNE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Sandagne, Netton Street, Bishopstone
SP5 4DF Salisbury
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Wiltshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
ISARDSAT SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
Congres 49 51
08031 Barcelona

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 18 000,00
EVVOS SA
Luxembourg
Net EU contribution
€ 27 000,00
Address
1 Am Weischbaendchen
5842 Hesperange

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Region
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 27 000,00
SETUR - INGENIERIE - AUDIT - CONSEIL
France
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
16 Rue De La Croix Aux Poitiers
35131 Chartres-de-bretagne

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Region
Bretagne Bretagne Ille-et-Vilaine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 18 000,00

Partners (9)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Clark Street 633
60208 Evanston

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE TRUSTEES OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
New Zealand
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

The Flinders University of South Australia
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Sturt Road, Bedford Park
5042 Adelaide

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
1-560 Enterprise Square 10230 Jasper Avenue Research Services Office
T5J 4P6 Edmonton Alberta

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHINSHU UNIVERSITY
Japan
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Asahi 3-1-1
390 8621 Matsumoto

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

Simon Fraser University
Canada
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
University Drive 8888
V5A 1S6 Burnaby

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Sunrise Valley Drive 12201
20192 Reston

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00