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Management of the environment and resources using integrated techniques (MERIT)

Objective

Integrated management is the key to the sustainable development of Europe^ TMs water resources. But this approach means that decisions must be considered not only in environmental terms, but also in the light of their economic, social, and political impacts. The problem is to find a practical way to link these different factors together. MERIT will develop an integrated, water resource management methodology that meets this challenge. The methodology will be based on Bayesian belief networks, a type of model-based decision support system already used routinely in the fields of medicine and artificial intelligence. To track the success of management decisions a set of quantifiable water resource indicators will be incorporated into the networks. We will demonstrate the technique in 4 catchments where stakeholder groups will contribute to the design and content of each network. The result will be a computer-based, generic, management tool based.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
Address
Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB Wallingford
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

AALBORG UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
Frederic Bajers Vej 7E
9220 Aalborg
CESI - CENTRO ELETTROTECNICO SPERIMENTALE ITALIANO GIACINTO MOTTA SPA
Italy
Address
Via Reggio Emilia 39
20134 Milano
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF DENMARK AND GREENLAND
Denmark
Address
Oester Voldgade 10
2400 Koepenhagen
POLYTECHNIC OF MILAN
Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
REGIONE ABRUZZO
Italy
Address
Portici Di San Berardino, 25
67100 L'aquila
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA-LA MANCHA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitario
02071 Albacete
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham