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

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.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

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Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 454 500

Participants (14)

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SILIXA LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

RS HYDRO LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 49 500

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 283 500

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

NATURALEA CONSERVACIO, SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 108 000

LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 148 500

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 279 000

FORSCHUNGSVERBUND BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 220 500

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM POTSDAM DEUTSCHESGEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM GFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 40 500

HYDRORESEARCH SAM JOHANSSON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 85 500

UVDYNE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

ISARDSAT SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 18 000

EVVOS SA

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 27 000

SETUR - INGENIERIE - AUDIT - CONSEIL

France

EU Contribution

€ 18 000

Partners (9)

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NEW MEXICO INSTITUTE OF MINING AND TECHNOLOGY

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

THE TRUSTEES OF INDIANA UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WATER AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH

The Flinders University of South Australia

THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION SHINSHU UNIVERSITY

Simon Fraser University

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 734317

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    30 November 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 335 500

  • EU contribution

    € 2 115 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom