A new framework for integrated monitoring of the environment

Project Details


Monitoring is essential in order to evaluate the state and development of our environment and to take action on the anthropogenic influence (climate change, eutrophication, impacts on human health, etc.). This project will develop a new framework and innovative technologies for monitoring of the environment. The principal idea is to integrate measurements of environmental variables from in-situ and remote sensing with process-based environmental modelling to provide the best and most cost-effective estimate of the environmental state and its uncertainty in space and time. The project will integrate monitoring of environmental variables in soil, inland water bodies (groundwater, rivers, wetlands and lakes), marine waters and air in one unified system, providing the optimal basis for understanding and predicting the state of the environment in all media.

The framework will address monitoring at a range of scales, from national and regional environmental monitoring programmes to the monitoring of ecosystems at local scales in order to monitor local and regional effects of environmental legislation and implementation of new environmental technologies. The framework will provide the basis for a more effective detection of trends in environmental variables caused by changes in the driving forces such as changes in the emission of nutrients and climate change, and will provide important information for assessing impacts on human health. A key issue and innovative component of the project is estimation of the uncertainty of the environmental state. Uncertainty estimation is critical and very important for impact risk assessment and decision-making and for optimising the monitoring efforts in the most cost-effective way. The developed technologies will be applied for integrated monitoring and prediction of nitrogen and phosphorus, which are key indicators of the ecological state.
Effective start/end date01/01/201031/12/2013


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