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  • To gather, format, and bring into ArcGIS the necessary data for the application Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to model water spatial distribution of water quantity and water quality in the Black Sea Catchment.
  • To calibrated and validate hydrological models, and perform uncertainty analysis using EGEE network for distributed computations.
  • To run land use/cover and climate change scenarios generated in WP3 using EGEE network for distributed computations.
  • To identify key areas of impact and vulnerability in GEO Societal Benefit Areas based on existing analysis and through dialogue with relevant stakeholders.
  • To provide in-depth analysis of vulnerability based on interactive models.
  • To identify policy responses and adaptation options focused on key vulnerabilities based on quantitative model results and consultations with stakeholders.
  • To assess sustainability based on criteria and indicators and the analysis of inter-linkages among key emerging pressures and vulnerabilities using modeling results and stakeholder validation.
  • To strengthen Black Sea Catchment network of active players in the field of Observation Systems.
  • To start developing a Black Sea Catchment Observation System (BSC-OS) providing services to GEOSS, INSPIRE, UN-SDI.
  • To make the processed information on future regional vulnerability available through the Internet to warn concerned populations and authorities.
  • To create a portal tool on the Internet to guide adaptation strategies aimed at addressing issues of water resource vulnerability.
  • To involve decision- and policy makers in the Black Sea Catchment and disseminate project results through the Commission for the Danube (ICPDR) and Black Sea (BSC).
  • To build capacity of end-users in the Black Sea catchment for the domains of EnviroGRIDS; thereby contributing to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEO) by means of workshops, conferences and virtual platforms.
  • To promote the sustainability of partnerships and enhance local ownership of the data and outcomes.

The scientific coordination of the project will be carried out by Dr. Anthony Lehmann (UNIGE-GRID) with the help of a project manager to be hired, and the support of the University of Geneva administration. The teams of the two groups, namely the Climate Change and Climatic Impacts group and the Global Resource Information Database, will also support the management of the project. Together, they will form the management team that will conform to the rules and obligations imposed by the European Commission for all FP7 Large-Scale Integrated Projects. They will help in their mission by the work package leaders. Top decisions will be made in the Project management Board in which is present a representative of each beneficiary.

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