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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

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)

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 320 413,38
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Berend Boer (Mr.)
ARIESPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 151 200
Address
Centro Direzionale Is.a3
80143 Napoli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlo De Michele (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 227 649,60
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Schindler (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 316 709,28
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wim Van Ingen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 206 664
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis (Ms.)
INSTITUTE OF TIBETAN PLATEAU RESEARCH CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 206 412,50
Address
Shuangging Road, Haidian District 18
100085 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yaoming Ma (Prof.)
CHINESE ACADEMY OF METEOROLOGICAL SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 178 237,50
Address
Zhong Guan Cun South Street 46
100081 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wei He (Mr.)
BEIJING NORMAL UNIVERSITY
China
EU contribution
€ 254 187,50
Address
Xinjiekou Wai Street 19
100875 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yuhong Du (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA
Japan
EU contribution
€ 114 300
Address
Tenno Dai ,Tsukuba Shi 1 1 1
305 8577 Tsukuba Ibaraki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Masafumi Akahira (Mr.)
ELEAF BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 117 974,25
Address
Hesselink Van Suchtelenweg 6
6703 CT Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henk Pelgrum (Dr.)
COLD AND ARID REGIONS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH INSTITUTE
China
EU contribution
€ 153 737,50
Address
Donggang West Road 320
730000 Lanzhou
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jiangang Wu (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 88 432,82
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mauro Gambaccini (Prof.)
INSTITUTE OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 140 262,50
Address
11A, Datun Road, Anwai
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaoqiang Wang (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF REMOTE SENSING AND DIGITAL EARTH - CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
China
EU contribution
€ 71 050
Address
North No Jia-20, Datun Road, An Ding Men Wai, Chaoyang District
100101 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rongxiang Zu (Ms.)
FUTUREWATER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 96 540
Address
Costerweg 1G
6702 AA Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Immerzeel (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 228 767,68
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elleke Koornneef (Ms.)
National Institute of Technology Rourkela
India
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
National Institute Of Technology Sector 1
769008 Rourkela
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sunil Kr. Sarangi (Prof.)