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EnviroGRIDS has developped its own capacity building strategy to stengthen people, institutions and infrastructures for GEO and INSPIRE activities in the Black Sea region.

Institution

Institutions capacity buildings strategy:

  • Connect 30 partners in 15 countries
  • Target the needs of main end users: BSC PS, ICPDR and UNEP
  • Prepare a Gap analysis
  • Publish factsheets, newsletters and policy briefs translated in regional languages
  • Involve International Organisations as partners: UNEP; UNESCO; CERN
  • Integrate officially the work plan of UNEP and GEOSS
  • Create close collaborations with other EC projects: GENESI-DR, EuroGEOSS, PEGASO, ACQWA,...
  • Work with IEEE for capacity building and quality assessment

People

Human capacity building strategy:

  • Teach policy and decision makers about GEOSS and INSPIRE
  • Teach the technicians how to install a GEO nodes
  • Teach the partners of the project to become the future trainers
  • Organize a series of hand-on sessions in the Black Sea region
  • Develop an e-learning platform
  • Demonstrate the interest of GEOSS to end users
  • Show the potential of GEOSS to the public

Infrastructure

Infrastructure capacity building strategy:

  • Promote OGC, GEOSS, INSPIRE, UNSDI interoperability standards
  • Create a new distributed SDI for the Black Sea catchment
  • Build a GRID-enabled SDI for data storage and processing
  • Connect real time sensors and remote sensing data
  • Build an observation system for decision makers
  • Build an observation system for citizens

enviroGRIDS WORKSHOPS

Several workshops are being organized around the Black Sea to Bring GEOSS and INSPIRE into practice, and to present them to important decision and policy makers makers.

 

Bringing GEOSS Services into practice

 

Next workshop: 23 September 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

 

The Black Sea regional training workshop series "Bringing GEOSS Services into Practice", sponsored by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) project enviroGRIDS, aims at teaching how to install, configure and deploy a set of open source software to publish and share spatial data and metadata through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) using OGC web services & ISO standards.

GEOSS has been created as an international voluntary effort that connects y geospatial and Earth Observation and information infrastructures, acting as a gateway between producers of environmental data and end users. The aim of GEOSS is to enhance the relevance of Earth observations and to offer public access to comprehensive, near‐ real time data, information and analyses of the environment.

The training workshop covers interoperability, hands‐ on experience with web portals, information access, open source software and spatial data sharing through web services and the GEOSS registries.

Consult the project agenda to see when the next workshops are planned in the Black Sea region.

 

GEOSS for Decision Makers in the Black Sea Area

The Black Sea Catchment is internationally known as one of ecologically unsustainable development and inadequate resource management, which has led to severe environmental, social and economic problems. The enviroGRIDS project addresses these issues by taking advantage of emerging information technologies that are revolutionizing the way we are able to observe our planet.

The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), being created by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), provides a framework and the information for environmental management and decision making perspective. enviroGRIDS aims to enhance GEOSS by building the capacity of scientists to assemble such a capability in the Black Sea Catchment, the capacity of decision-makers to use it, and the capacity of the general public to understand the important environmental, social and economic issues at stake.

This workshop provides a high level overview of GEOSS and data interoperability as they relate to the needs of senior government officials and decision makers in the Black Sea area.

Consult the project agenda to see when the next workshops are planned in the Black Sea region.

INSPIRE

Concerning INSPIRE, we have written a white paper describing the INSPIRE Directive and giving a quick overview on tools available allowing exposing INSPIRE-compliant services (discovery, view, download, and transformation). It is available below:

INSPIRE tools

 

Next workshop: 23 September 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

"Bringing GEOSS services into practice" aims at teaching participants how to install, configure and deploy a set of open source software to publish and share data and metadata through the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) using OGC web services & ISO standards.

GEOSS has been created as an international voluntary effort that connects geospatial and Earth Observation and information infrastructures, acting as a gateway between producers of environmental data and end users. The aim of GEOSS is to enhance the relevance of Earth observations and to offer public access to comprehensive, near-real time data, information and analyses of the environment.

This meeting is held within the framework of the enviroGRIDS project that addresses the environmental problems surrounding the Black Sea Catchment. This area is known as one of ecologically unsustainable development, where inadequate resource management has led to severe environmental, social and economic problems. enviroGRIDS aims at improving this by building capacities for sharing and exchanging environmental data through GEOSS.

Below are found the CD-ROM ISO image distributed during the workshop, as well as all individual files contained in the CD.

GEOSS in practice - CD-ROM ISO image

GEOSS in practice - tutorial

GEOSS in practice - java JDK

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GEOSS in practice - clients

GEOSS in practice - data

GEOSS in practice - manuals

GEOSS in practice - docs

 

 

A workshop on the tools currently being developed for the future EnviroGRIDS portal was held at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, The Netherlands, on April 18th, 2011. The workshop  was lead by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UTC). (Dorian Gorgan, Victor Bacu, Denisa Rodila). CRS4 partner (Pierluigi Cau and Simone Manca) also participated in the workshop programme.

13:45 -14:05

enviroGRIDS project overview: Portal, Tools and Applications

EnviroGRIDS project overview: Portal, Tools and Applications

Dorian Gorgan

14:05 - 14:25

Grid based processing and data management

Grid based processing and data management

Victor Bacu, Denisa Rodila, Dorian Gorgan

14:25 - 15:15

SWAT model calibration and execution by gSWAT application

SWAT model calibration and execution by gSWAT application

gSWAT application - movie

Victor Bacu

15:45 - 16:00

Interoperability between Geospatial and Grid infrastructures

Interoperability between Geospatial and Grid infrastructures

Denisa Rodila

16:00 - 17:00

Spatial data visualization by BASHYT

Spatial data visualization by BASHYT

Pierluigi Cau, Simone Manca

17:00 - 17:15

Remote sensing applications

Remote sensing applications with GreenLand

Victor Bacu, Dorian Gorgan

17:15 - 17:30

Training in Earth Sciences by eGLE

Virtual Training Center based on eGLE eLearning Platform

Virtual Training Center - eGLE eLearning Platform video

Dorian Gorgan

 

The Virtual Training Center of the enviroGRIDS research project is set-up for providing various learning resources to the project partners, stakeholders from the Black Sea Catchment involved in environmental management at different levels and anyone who is interested in the research topics covered by enviroGRIDS. Learning material in the virtual training center is provided from existing resources available within the enviroGRIDS consortium partners, resources generated through the research activities of the project and various contributions from workshops, symposia and conferences organized with collaboration or participation of enviroGRIDS partners in which contributions are provided from external partners, but on topics closely related to enviroGRIDS.

Since enviroGRIDS is an ongoing project, learning resources are added continuously. The complete set of learning resources and their final structuring is expected at the end of the project.

The topics covered by the learning resources include:

  1. Introductory topics (River basin management concepts; Black Sea basin characteristics; Research approaches taken in enviroGRIDS)
  2. Spatial data infrastructures (Standards and interoperability of spatial data using GEO and INSPIRE frameworks; Sensors data, remote sensing data and their integration; Grid-enabled spatial infrastructure)
  3. Scenarios of long term changes (Population growth models; Climate change models; Land-use change models; Integration of models for composite scenarios development)
  4. Catchment modelling using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool-SWAT (Introductory lectures on SWAT; SWAT modelling concepts and data requirements; SWAT modelling interface - ArcSWAT; Calibration, validation, sensitivity and uncertainty in SWAT modelling; Usage of the computational GRID for SWAT modelling tasks; SWAT model applications in the Black Sea catchment; Related modelling topics)
  5. Long term impacts on selected societal benefit areas (Biodiversity and ecosystems, including alien species and wetlands; Agricultural impacts - usage of the GIS-based EPIC model [GEPIC]; Energy; Health; Flood risk assessment; Disaster early warning systems for aquatic alien species and floods; Overall assessment of vulnerability and sustainability)
  6. Portal of the Black Sea catchment Observation System - BSC-OS (Introduction to portal tools and applications; Portal tools for grid-based data processing, management and modelling; Specific applications for decision makers, diverse stakeholders and citizens; Demonstrator case studies deployed on BSC-OS)

Topic 1: Introductory material

General


Introduction to enviroGRIDS - A. Lehmann (University of Geneva) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

Introduction to enviroGRIDS - A. Lehmann (University of Geneva) (presentation from OpenWater symposium) (video+slides)

Lecture: Introduction to river basin management - A. van Griensven (UNESCO-IHE) - part 1

Lecture: Introduction to river basin management - A. van Griensven (UNESCO-IHE) - part 2

Topic 2: Spatial data infrastructures

Subtopic 2a: Systems interoperability


The System of Systems approach and multi-disciplinary interoperability: the EuroGEOSS experience - S. Nativi (Italian research council) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

The System of Systems approach and multi-disciplinary interoperability: the EuroGEOSS experience - S. Nativi (Italian research council) (presentation from OpenWater symposium) (video+slides)

The What, Why and How of the OGC/WMO Hydrology Working Group - D. Lemon (CSIRO, Australia) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

The What, Why and How of the OGC/WMO Hydrology Working Group - D. Lemon (CSIRO, Australia) (presentation from OpenWater symposium) (video+slides)

Sharing Water Data Through Web Services - D. Maidment (University of Texas) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

OpenMI: Open Modelling Interface for integration of models and data - S. Hummel (Deltares) (presentation from OpenWater symposium) (video+slides)

Subtopic 2b: GIS and Remote sensing


Open Source Software in GIS and Environmental Modeling - D. Ames (Idaho University) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

Subtopic 2c: GIS and remote sensing applications


Ecosystem Monitoring using Digital Change Detection Method - Example of Igneada Mangrove Forest - F. Bektas (Istanbul Technical University) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

Determining the Impacts of Water Quality and Quantity on Public Health using GIS Technology - F. Bektas (Istanbul Technical University) (presentation from OpenWater symposium)

Subtopic 2d: Bringing GEOSS services into practice - enviroGRIDS workshop


Go to the dedicated page of this workshop for workshop material

Topic 3: Scenarios of long term changes

Available soon..

Topic 4: Catchment modelling - SWAT

Subtopic 4a: Introductory material on SWAT modelling


Main SWAT web site with software downloads, documentation, links to user groups any many other useful resources

Instructional videos on using SWAT - from the main SWAT web site

Subtopic 4b: SWAT lectures by R. Srinivasan (Texas A&M University) delivered at UNESCO-IHE (only videos)


Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

SWAT concepts PowerPoint presentation

Subtopic 4c: ArcSWAT (SWAT interface) screencasts by R. Srinivasan (Texas A&M University) delivered at UNESCO-IHE (only videos, sound of somewhat poorer quality)


Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 6

Lecture 7

Subtopic 4d: Utilizing online resources for hydrological research


A series of videos by K. Rahman (UNIGE) explaining how to get online data to build a SWAT model

Topic 5: Impact on societal benefit areas

Subtopic 5a: GEPIC model for analysing agricultural impacts


Main GEPIC web page with links to software downloads and documentation

GEPIC software download (zip file)

GEPIC user manual download (pdf)

MODAWEC software download (zip file); MODAWEC is a weather generator model for daily data that can be used in GEPIC

MODAWEC user manual download (pdf)

Data sources for GEPIC

Type of dataset and supporting publication

Soil data    Batjes, N.H., 1995. A Homogenized Soil Data File for Global Environmental Research: a Subset of FAO. Working Paper and Preprint 95/10b. International Soil Reference and Information Center, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Soil map    FAO, 1990. Soil units of the soil map of the world. In: FAO-UNESCO-ISRIC, Rome, Italy

Fertilizer    IFA/IFDC/IPI/PPI/FAO, 2002. Fertilizer Use by Crops, fifth ed. International Fertilizer Industry Association, Rome.

Land use    Portmann, F. T., Siebert, S. & Döll, P. (2010): MIRCA2000 - Global monthly irrigated and rained crop areas around the year 2000: A new high-resolution data set for agricultural and hydrological modeling, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 24, GB 1011, doi:10.1029/2008GB003435

Reported yields    Monfreda, C., Ramankutty, N., and Foley, J.A., 2008. Farming the planet. Part 2: Geographic distribution of crop areas, yields, physiological types, and net primary production in the year 2000. Global Biogeochem. Cycles 22, GB1022, doi:10.1029/2007GB002947

DEM    EROS Data Center, 1998. Global 3000 Digital Elevation Model (http://edcwww.cr.usgs.gov). Anonymous ftp access at edcftp.cr.usgs.gov.

Slope    USGS - United States Geological Survey, 2000. HYDRO1k.

Climate data    Mitchell and Jones, 2005: An improved method of constructing a database of monthly climate observations and associated high-resolution grids. Int. J. Climatology, 25, 693-712, Doi: 10.1002/joc.1181.

Supporting literature (articles in scientific journals (pdf)

Application of GEPIC for Sub-Saharan Africa

Application of GEPIC in China

GEPIC model development (I)

GEPIC model development (II)

MODAWEC development

GEPIC material used in a workshop in Romania (presentation slides)

1. Introduction

2. Set-up of simulation parameters

3. Data evaluation

4. Input data preparation

Topic 6: Portal of Black Sea Catchment Observation System -BSC-OS

Subtopic 6a: Portal tools for managing spatial data


Presentation on capabilities of HS Layers (v3.2) tools for printing maps from map portals - Petr Horak (CCSS), Prague (available on YouTube)