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Coordinated Asia-European long-term Observing system of Qinghai – Tibet Plateau hydro-meteorological processes and the Asian-monsoon systEm with Ground satellite Image data and numerical Simulations

Objective

Human life and the entire ecosystem of South East Asia depend upon the monsoon climate and its predictability. More than 40% of the earth's population lives in this region. Droughts and floods associated with the variability of rainfall frequently cause serious damage to ecosystems in these regions and, more importantly, injury and loss of human life. The headwater areas of seven major rivers in SE Asia, i.e. Yellow River, Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Brahmaputra and Ganges, are located in the Tibetan Plateau. Estimates of the Plateau water balance rely on sparse and scarce observations that cannot provide the required accuracy, spatial density and temporal frequency. Fully integrated use of satellite and ground observations is necessary to support water resources management in SE Asia and to clarify the roles of the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere over the Tibetan Plateau in the Asian monsoon system. The goal of this project is to: 1. Construct out of existing ground measurements and current / future satellites an observing system to determine and monitor the water yield of the Plateau, i.e. how much water is finally going into the seven major rivers of SE Asia; this requires estimating snowfall, rainfall, evapotranspiration and changes in soil moisture; 2. Monitor the evolution of snow, vegetation cover, surface wetness and surface fluxes and analyze the linkage with convective activity, (extreme) precipitation events and the Asian Monsoon; this aims at using monitoring of snow, vegetation and surface fluxes as a precursor of intense precipitation towards improving forecasts of (extreme) precipitations in SE Asia. A series of international efforts initiated in 1996 with the GAME-Tibet project. The effort described in this proposal builds upon 10 years of experimental and modeling research and the consortium includes many key-players and pioneers of this long term research initiative.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG

Address

Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67081 Strasbourg

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 420 537,49

Administrative Contact

Jerôme Colin (Mr.)

Participants (17)

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UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 320 413,38

ARIESPACE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 151 200

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 227 649,60

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 316 709,28

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 206 664

INSTITUTE OF TIBETAN PLATEAU RESEARCH CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

EU Contribution

€ 206 412,50

CHINESE ACADEMY OF METEOROLOGICAL SCIENCES

China

EU Contribution

€ 178 237,50

BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY

China

EU Contribution

€ 254 187,50

UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA

Japan

EU Contribution

€ 114 300

ELEAF BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 117 974,25

COLD AND ARID REGIONS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH INSTITUTE

China

EU Contribution

€ 153 737,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 88 432,82

INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

China

EU Contribution

€ 140 262,50

INSTITUTE OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL EARTH - CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

China

EU Contribution

€ 71 050

FUTUREWATER BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 96 540

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 228 767,68

National Institute of Technology Rourkela

India

EU Contribution

€ 110 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212921

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    30 April 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 462 293,21

  • EU contribution

    € 3 403 076

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE STRASBOURG

France