Environmental Technologies Research - Issue 2,
March 2007
FP7 - Follow-up of the Info Day on Environmental Technologies   
The major intention of the event held in Brussels on 23 January was to   
provide detailed information about the various topics identified in the first   
call for proposals under FP7. The event was an excellent opportunity to   
describe and present the Work Programme for environmental research as   
well as relevant FP7 novelties to the audience. The programme was   
followed by four parallel sessions on 1) Water and Soil technologies; 2)   
Waste and Clean Processes; 3) Built Environment and Cultural Heritage;   
4) Risk assessment of chemicals and alternative strategies for testing.   
Participants were given the possibility to present their project ideas,   
competences or interest. The presentation's session was followed by an   
open brokerage event.  
The Info Day programme, including the links to all presentations and to the   
list of participants, is available at the following web address:   
http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/ ... 
or from the web site: http://forum.europa.eu.int/Public/irc/ ...
  FP7- The EC has published the draft grant agreement. The grant agreement, formerly known as the model contract, is aimed to include all contractually binding issues among parties. The document is established in conformity with the rules for participation and the EC financial regulations. The published draft is for applicants' information about the future standard grant agreement. Are published the main parts of the draft standard grant agreement comprising the core text and the Annex II 'General conditions'. The other related annexes will be available later on. The attention is drawn to the fact that the presented documents are subject to substantial revisions before being adopted by the Commission.   Draft documents, only for information, are available at: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/calls-gran ...   FP7 - EPSS will go live on 19 March 2007 The Electronic Proposal Submission Service, the IT tool allowing applicants to prepare and submit their proposals in response to respective calls, is expected to be available from 19th March onwards, starting with the calls having early deadlines. Access to the application will be given throughout the call web page (Environment theme, call FP7-ENV-2007-1: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.c ...
  Surveillance and control of microbiological stability in drinking water distribution networks (SAFER)  The SAFER project, a four year FP5 research project investigating the deterioration of the drinking water quality due to biofilm development during its transportation through the distribution system, has been recently finalised. Thanks to the development of new fast detection techniques, the SAFER project will permit the implementation of early warning tools for biofilms and pathogens.   Most specifically, the SAFER project has permitted the following: • The elaboration of new and rapid decision-making tools by detection and/or modification of biofilm composition. This will permit the control of water quality changes inside the drinking water distribution system by developing early warning-systems for biofilm accumulation. • The calibration of bench scale reactors to provide selected devices for testing in dynamic conditions interactions between materials and water. • The sensitive detection of pathogens at low concentration, contributing to the risk assessment of the prevalence of pathogens associated with European potable drinking water distribution systems. • The replacement of the existing accurate but too slow method for disinfection efficiency control by a rapid (less than 1 hour) method. As a whole, SAFER gives means to water industry to improve treatment and drinking water distribution. It also provides opportunities for more consumers protection by reducing accidents and epidemiological incidents and provides important insights to be considered in the context of the revision of the European policy in drinking water quality.   For more information about the project results, please see: http://www.safer-eu.com/projects_resul ...   Real-time flood decision support system integrating hydrological, meteorological and remote sensing radar technologies (FLOODRELIEF) The FP5 project FLOODRELIEF, which deals with the development and demonstration of a new generation of flood forecasting methodologies which will advance capabilities and accuracies of present forecasting systems, has recently submitted its final report.   Real-time flood forecasting systems, which link weather forecasts, the state of the river catchment, river discharges and water levels, can be used to respond to floods as they occur and to reduce their costs in terms of lives, property and infrastructure breakdown. In comparison to the construction of major flood protection works such as dams, dikes and polders, flood forecasting is cost effective and the environmental impacts are minimal. More importantly, when used for flood warning, these systems can save lives. By using new technologies to improve flood forecasting, we can thus forecast floods ahead of time rather than clearing up afterwards.   Current flood forecasting and warning systems have several limitations, such as insufficient lead-time to provide accurate flood warnings, inadequate spatial and temporal resolution of the real-time rainfall observations and forecasts for flood producing storm, little integration of different sources of forecast information. Moreover, their ability in considering the uncertainties in estimating and forecasting precipitation and flood discharges is very limited; their application at regional level is also limited and the costs of improving forecasting may be prohibitive.   The FLOODRELIEF project addressed these limitations. A new powerful and highly accessible Internet-based real-time decision support system designed to meet the needs of regional flood forecasting authorities and make the results more readily accessible has been developed. The system exploits and integrates different sources of forecast information, including improved hydrological and meteorological model systems and databases, radar, advanced data assimilation procedures and uncertainty estimation.   The technologies developed in the project have been evaluated and tested in two highly flood prone regional basins, one in Poland and one in the United Kingdom. Flooding in Poland captured Europe’s attention in July 1997 when a devastating flooding was triggered by an extreme cyclonal weather condition of heavy rainfall in the Beskidy and the Sudety. In the Czech Republic as well as in Poland, the catastrophe led to the loss of over 100 lives, the evacuation of almost 190,000 people and the incurrence of 3 billion EUR in damages. The importance of flood forecasting and flood management in Poland was highlighted by the localised flooding of 1998 but also by the severe storms which, over several weeks in July 2001, resulted in thousands being forced from their homes and in around 25 reported fatalities.   Additional information about the project is available at: http://projects.dhi.dk/floodrelief/   Technology Enabled Universal Access to Safe Water (TECHNEAU) The TECHNEAU project, a major integrated project that addressed the
Posted: 13/03/2007 By: Professor Paul Bardos