eLTER PPP – eLTER Preparatory Phase Project
eLTER Preparatory Phase Project
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: RNDr. Halada Ľuboš, CSc.
Annotation: eLTER RI is a pan-European Research Infrastructure planned to be operational in 2027. It has been built on the basis of existing national investments over several decades in the context of dedicated networks and ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological research projects. 162 Research Performing Organisations support the eLTER RI Science Case through a signed MoU, and 19 countries (including Slovakia) have formally provided political support to establishment of eLTER RI. The eLTER RI intends to create scientifically sound information required in response to grand societal challenges, while working as a distributed RI in the most cost-efficient way. It will continuously enhance its services and in-situ facilities to meet the needs of stakeholders as to emerging research challenges. Thereby, it will bring Europe to a globally leading role in ecosystem sciences. eLTER PPP will establish the vision and mission, strategic collaboration schemes and impact analysis of the RI; plan, consolidate with shareholders and start to implement the governance structures, coordinate a smooth transition from preparation into operations by establishing a legal entity, and by clearly identifying risks and risk reduction measures; prepare the cost benefit analysis, full Cost Book of the RI, and the financial plans for the mid-term and long-term perspective, and consolidate them with the shareholders; conclude the requirements of the RI to be met by the Central Services, identify the host for the Head Office, and the scope and decision making processes for hosting other central service components; finalise the technical specifications of eLTER RI concerning National Research Infrastructure design, eLTER Standard Observations and site categories, and establish a site labelling process; and develop and set up communication, dissemination and marketing structures or seamless continuation in eLTER RI, and engaging the eLTER scientific user community and other user groups beyond the project life time.
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Duration: 1.2.2020 – 31.1.2025
eLTER PLUS – European long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems research infrastructure PLUS
European long-term ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems research infrastructure PLUS
Program: Horizon 2020
Project leader: RNDr. Halada Ľuboš, CSc.
Annotation: Progress in understanding, managing and securing current and future ecosystem functions and services is challenged by fragmented and dispersed ecosystem research, operated using narrow disciplinary perspectives that prevent a holistic understanding of complex eco- and socio-ecological systems. The emerging European Long-Term Ecosystem, critical zone and socio-ecological systems Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI) was evaluated by the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) as having high potential for closing this gap in the European RI landscape. The primary objective of eLTER PLUS is to open and expand the research capacities and impact of eLTER by engaging current and new users and developing the operations of cross- and transdisciplinary research, exemplified in eLTER Site and Platform design and the RI’s Standard Observation framework. eLTER PLUS will execute a performance test of the emerging RI and assess and strengthen its operations in real time. It will further advance community building and provisioning of services as pursued by the H2020-funded eLTER INFRAIA Starting Community project and related projects. Its focus is on making intensive use of 35 selected sites and platforms in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, combined with observational data from an additional 50 sites, for studying ecosystem and socio-ecological responses to globally-relevant environmental challenges in terms of ecosystem integrity and ecosystem services. Its Whole-Systems approach will derive meaningful scientific and policy-relevant information via co-designed, transdisciplinary research in collaboration with diverse stakeholders at local, regional and EU-scales. Concerted actions also focus on collaboration with peer RIs to maximize synergies, increase efficiencies and catalyze holistic understanding of ecosystem function, and on development of virtual laboratories where in-situ site data are linked with other data sources, e.g. Copernicus.
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Duration: 1.2.2020 – 31.1.2025
PROCLIAS – Procesné modely pre atribúciu klimatických vplyvov naprieč odvetviami
Process-based models for climate impact attribution across sectors
Program: COST
Project leader: Dr.nat.techn. Ing. Merganičová Katarína, PhD.
Annotation: Many complex process-based models are available in Europe to project future climate impacts. Yet, the current climate impact research community is fragmented, modeling mostly individual systems. The integration of climate impacts across different natural and societal sectors is only slowly emerging. Likewise, attribution of impacts to climate and other factors is still a strongly under-researched field given that climate change is already strongly manifesting itself, an increasing number of court cases dealing with climate impacts is being negotiated and policy debates on loss and damage are intensifying. This lack of coordination amongst impact modelers and insufficient awareness about impact attribution methods hampers important scientific and political progress and more coordination and networking is urgently needed. Therefore, PROCLIAS aims to develop common protocols, harmonized datasets and a joint understanding of how to conduct cross-sectoral, multi-model climate impact studies at regional and global scales allowing for attribution of impacts of recent climatic changes and robust projections of future climate impacts. The Action will do so by focusing on key interactions of climate impacts across sectors, their accumulated effect, especially of extreme events, the attribution of impacts to climate change and the quantification of uncertainties. PROCLIAS will make use of all COST networking tools to train young researchers to conduct and analyse multi-model simulations in a cross-sectoral way, to support a common platform for collecting impact model simulations and methods for analyzing them and to disseminate the data, code and results to scientists as well as, in a more synthesized form, to stakeholders.
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Duration: 27.10.2020 – 26.10.2024
SatZones – Identifikácia výnosových zón na poľnohospodárskych pozemkoch s využitím satelitných údajov
Satellite-based delineation of yield productivity zones for Slovak crop fields
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Mgr. Kenderessy Pavol, Ph.D.
Annotation: The delineation of "quasi homogenous" management zones is the basis of the precision agriculture (PA) practices, addressing the within-field variability of crop status and crop yield. Many ground-based methods exist for the delineation of management zones, though, due to the complexity and costs, they are not commonly applied in Slovak agricultural sector. On the other hand, cost-effective satellite-based approaches for identifying so-called yield productivity zones have been recently introduced. Yield productivity zones represent highly productive, respectively less productive zones within field parcels. In particular, the time-series approaches using satellite-based vegetation indices with relevant spatial and temporal resolutions (e.g. Sentinel2 or Landsat products) may identify stable recurring crop status patterns, resulting in identifying yield productivity zones. Though many services exist based on a user request basis, a "broad-scale full coverage" delivery of yield productivity zones in an automated manner is still rare. We aim to develop such a system to enhance satellite-based (later referred as EO based) agricultural services for "literally" 61 000 field parcels, a substantial number of Slovak farmers, and finally for the all ”digital farming” industry.The main technical objective of the project is development of the automated processor for creation of yield productivity zones at broader scale. Furthermore, EO-based service for farmers based on this processor will be designed. The end goal of the proposal is enhancement of the EO-based services for agriculture and precision farming.
Duration: 15.2.2022 – 31.7.2023
NEEMO EEIG 2019 – NEEMO EIG 2019 – Multi-inštitucionálny rámcový kontrakt na poskytovanie podpory pre monitorovanie LIFE projektov, komunikáciu o LIFE programe a iné súvisiace aktivity
NEEMO EIG 2019 – Inter-institutional single framework contract for the provision of support for the monitoring of LIFE projects, communication about the LIFE programme and other related activities
Program: Multilateral – other
Project leader: Mgr. Bezák Peter, PhD.
Annotation: The NEEMO contract is focused mainly on monitoring of quality and professional and financial correctness of implementation of the EU co-funded projects of the LIFE programme in strands Nature, Environment and Climate Action. These projects support the enhancement of Natura 2000 network through concrete conservation actions, deal with various environmental issues or climate change adaptation and mitigation. Monitoring experts regularly check the implementation of projects in the field or beneficiaries’ premises, evaluate submitted project reports and provide any other required support related to the LIFE programme to the European Commission (DG Environment and EASME).
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Duration: 1.1.2019 – 31.12.2022
REGATA – Štúdium atmosférickej depozície ťažkých kovov v priemyselných regiónoch Slovenska pomocou biomonitorovacích techník, metód jadrovej fyziky a technológií GIS
Atmoheric Deposition of Heavy Metals in Industrial Areas of Slovakia Studied by the Moss Biomonitoring Technique Employing Nuclear and Related Analytical Techniques and GIS Technology
Program: Bilateral – other
Project leader: RNDr. Borovská Jana, PhD.
Annotation: The project is focused on research of chemical pollution of ground layer of the Slovak atmosphere with an emphasis on heavy metal pollution as part of the European mapping of heavy metals through selected groups of bryophytes within the ICP Vegetation program. The ILE SAS together with NFC in Zvolen ensures the collection and sorting of mosses from monitoring sites. The Radioanalytical Department of LNF JINR Dubna carries out an analysis of mosses in terms of the presence of selected heavy metals. The Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics FMFI UK Bratislava measures the radioactivity of moss samples from selected localities in order to map the annual dose of the population of the Slovak Republic from the inhalation of isotopes 137Cs and 210Pb. The results of the analyses will be published in the final report of the ICP Vegetation "Mosses as biomonitors of air pollution 2020-22 survey on heavy metals, nitrogen and POPs in Europe".
Duration: 1.11.2020 – 31.12.2022
DREAM SK-AT – Výskum a manažment rieky Dunaj na Slovensku a v Rakúsku
Danube River Research and Management in Slovakia and Austria
Program: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Project leader: Mgr. Kenderessy Pavol, Ph.D.
Annotation: The aims are to establish joint research facilities, to enhance knowledge transfer and to develop innovative monitoring and modelling tools in the SK-AT border region. By enhancing knowledge transfer and capacity building between research bodies and universities, the project will lead to an improved cooperation and exchange of expertise between research and innovation actors using newly constructed and upgraded research infrastructures (RI). New monitoring stations as well as innovative monitoring techniques (e.g. operative boat) and modelling tools concerning hydrodynamics, sediment transport, morphodynamics, ecological parameters and remote sensing technologies in river and wetland science will lead to high quality and comparable data derived at the Danube River in the project reaches (cross border region and adjacent reaches). A guidance document of monitoring and modelling tools will be published and available for the target groups. In SK (VÚVH) the hydraulic engineering laboratory (discharge 1,5 m³/s) will be modernized and upgraded according to the state of the art together with laboratory of geoinformatics and advanced river remote sensing (ILE SAS). In AT a hydraulic engineering laboratory will be constructed with 10 m³/s free flowing discharge. By using these RIs, the scientific basis for improving the Danube river management between Vienna and Bratislava will be developed, being available for target groups working in navigation, flood risk management, ecology, hydropower and drinking water supply. Furthermore, a close exchange of undergraduate and doctoral students and teachers between BOKU, VUVH and ILE SAS will be initiated and the research facilities will be jointly used for common teaching and research activities, also beyond the lifetime of the project.
Duration: 1.1.2016 – 31.12.2022