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• Marine environmental research in FP7: 2007-2010

Under its specific theme "Environment (including climate change)", the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7) is supporting research activities in the Marine area, such as the role of the oceans in the climate system, the overexploitation of marine living resources, pressures in coastal zones, the loss of marine biodiversity, etc.
This publication presents a snapshot of the EU funded projects selected after the 4 calls for proposals covering the period 2007-2010.

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• Fostering cooperation with Latin American countries in the area of environmental research

In the context of the call for proposals FP7-ENV-2011, this document highlights opportunities and measures aiming to foster and support international cooperation in EU-funded environmental research. Particular emphasis is put on cooperation with Latin American countries. The first part of this document contains a comprehensive set of extracts from the main documents composing the Information Package for applicants. The second part briefly presents the 22 projects with Latin American participation which have so far been selected for funding under the Environment theme.

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• European Research in Action - Biodiversity - Understanding the living world

This flyer gives a snapshot of biodiversity research funded under the EU's Framework Programme for Research. It was prepared in the context of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010

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• Preserving our heritage, improving our environment - 20 years of EU research into cultural heritage

European Commission, Research DG, EUR 22050, 2 volumes. This two-volume publication covers 20 years of research in the area of cultural heritage from 1986 to 2006. Volume I provides an overview while Volume II contains outlines of nearly 100 projects implemented between 2000 and 2008. Many of the projects are to be found on the cultural heritage projects pages of this web site.

Volume I - Overview (40 pages)  PDF icon 2.2 MB
Volume II - Project Synopses (252 pages)  PDF icon 21.2 MB

• Brochure: Research on Climate Change - presented at COP-15

This six-page brochure presents a sample of climate-change projects from the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes. It was prepared specifically to be presented at COP-15 in December 2009

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• European Research Framework Programme - Research on Climate Change

This publication gathers the abstracts of European research projects on climate change and related to climate change which have been completed recently or are ongoing under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes for research. This document aims at providing a relevant overview of research activities on climate change funded by the European Community to participants to the third World Climate Conference held in Geneva in August 2009 and to the UNFCCC 15th Conference of the Parties meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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• Catalogue of Projects 2009

The Catalogue of Projects for the Calls FP7-ENV-2009-1 and FP7-NMP-ENV-2009-2 presents proposal information on the projects which have been suggested for funding during 2009 under the Environment theme and under the joint call with 'Theme 4. Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies'.

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• Integrated assessment of the European and North Atlantic Carbon Balance – key results, policy implications for post 2012 and research needs

Huge quantities of carbon are exchanged between the atmosphere, ocean and terrestrial ecosystems. Rising atmospheric concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases over the past 200 years have driven substantially global warming, which in turn could trigger the release to the atmosphere of additional carbon from the oceans and the terrestrial ecosystems, thus accelerating climate change.
A recent publication by the European Commission provides a comprehensive assessment of the European and North Atlantic carbon balance based on results of two integrated research activities under the 6th Framework Programme for Research: CARBOEUROPE and CARBOOCEAN. The report highlights key scientific findings, their implication for policy making and future research needs, unfolding some of the complex and emerging scientific and policy issues associated with climate change and the carbon cycle.

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• Principles of multi-risk assessment: Interaction amongst natural and man-induced risks

Multi-risk evaluation is a relatively new field, until now developed only partially by experts with different backgrounds. The EC FP6 NARAS project initiated some consideration and reflexion on this topic. As mentioned by Durham, a joint analysis and quantification of all the anthropogenic and natural risks which can affect a territory (multi-risk approach) is a basic factor for development of a sustainable environment and land use planning as well as for competent emergency management before and during catastrophic events. This is the aim of this publication that will present ideas and concepts: -report the principles and rationales that stand behind a procedure for multi-risk assessment; -provide a description of the most advanced procedures generally adopted to estimate individually natural and anthropogenic risks representing major threats for Southern Europe; -tackle directly the problem of multi-risk assessment applying innovative procedures and protocols to the case study of a town close to Naples (Casalnuovo).

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• The design of avalanche protection dams - Recent practical & theoretical developments

The book represents a capitalisation of knowledge from previous EC research projects in the field of Natural hazards and, in particular, the CADZIE and SATSIE projects addressing the problem of avalanches. It is about the design of dams and other protection measures in the run-out zones of wet-and dry-snow avalanches. The book summarises recent theoretical developments and the results of field and laboratory studies, combining them with traditional design guidelines and principles to formulate design recommendations. The findings of the book are relevant to avalanche experts and authorities concerned with protection measures and risk management.

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• Report: Ex-post Impact Assessment - FP6 sub-priority “Global Change and Ecosystems”

This report, "Impact assessment of the FP6 sub-priority: global change and ecosystems", highlights the main achievements of selected projects funded by the European Union (EU) mainly under Framework Programme (FP) 6 (2002 – 2006). It also points out the challenges ahead for FP7 and future FPs. This study, which was carried out by an independent consultant, Technopolis, shows many positive scientific, social and operational impacts of EU funded research in the field of environment.

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• Commission Staff Working Document on Integrated Climate Change Research

The Commission adopted the Staff Working Document: Integrated climate change research following the release of the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the most recent developments, prepared by DG Research. The EC Staff Working Document, which received very good comments from other DGs, was sent to the Council, European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. The document is based on the results of the International Symposium 'Future Climate, Impacts and Responses - The IPCC 4th Assessment Report and EC Integrated Climate Research' organised by Directorate-General for Research, Climate Change and Environmental Risks Unit (Brussels, 19-20 November 2007). It outlines the main research priorities and knowledge gaps based on the presentations and discussions during the symposium, together with examples of key, current and planned EU-funded activities on climate change research.

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• European Research on Climate Change - Projects of the Sixth Framework Programme

Information on the research projects on Climate Change financed by the European Commission, Directorate General Research, Environment Directorate under the Sixth Framework Programme. They cover issues on carbon and nitrogen cycle, atmospheric pollutants, climate dynamics and variability, prediction and impacts of climate change, stratospheric ozone, adaptation and mitigation strategies and observing and forecasting systems.

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• The EU works for you: environmental research for today and tomorrow

This publication presents major achievements from a selection of EU funded projects under FP6 in 10 key research areas: climate change, natural hazards, environment and health, natural resources management, biodiversity, marine environment, land and urban management, environmental technologies including cultural heritage, earth observation, and assessment tools for sustainable development.

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• Preserving our heritage
Improving our environment

The first volume of this publication highlights nearly 20 years of European Commission-supported research in the field of tangible or physical cultural heritage. This cooperation has helped reinforce Europes research and technological foundations for protecting and renovating our movable and immovable cultural heritage through new scientific methodologies, tools, materials and processes.

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• The Role of Science and Technology in GEOSS

This document describes the role of science and technology in advancing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) through the Group on Earth Observations’ (GEO) 2007-2009 Work Plan. The Science and Technology Committee is working to strengthen this role by encouraging the wider scientific and technology community to participate as contributors to and benefactors of a sustained GEOSS.

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European Research on Environment and Health - Projects of the Sixth Framework Programme • European Research on Environment and Health - Projects of the Sixth Framework Programme

A catalogue 'European Research on Environment and Health Funded by the Sixth Framework Programme' has been compiled. It presents over sixty multidisciplinary pan-European research projects dealing with environment and health issues were funded by the Sixth Framework Programme of Research (2002-2006). The projects presented address a multitude of issues ranging from health impacts of climate change to improved integrated environment and health risk assessment methodologies.

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• Polar Environment and Climate: The challenges

EC Directorate for Research organised on 5-6 March an international symposium on polar environment in the framework of the International Polar Year. The proceedings of the event highlight the latest observations and scientific achievements, providing an updated analysis of coming challenges.

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• EU Research on Environment and Health - Results from projects funded by the Fifth Framework Programme

Over ninety multidisciplinary pan-European research projects dealing with environment and health issues were funded by the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General in the Fifth Framework Programme of Research (1998-2002). The results of these projects have now become available and are presented in this catalogue. The projects presented addressed a multitude of issues ranging from health impacts of exposure to electromagnetic fields to air pollution. The results should be useful to many stakeholders including the scientific community and policy makers.

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• Arctic sea ice thickness –past, present & future

International workshop proceedings on Arctic sea ice thickness, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 8-9 November 2005. The conference was a timely effort to bring together scientists from Europe, North America and Japan who are concerned with the problem of measuring and understand the dramatic thinning of the Arctic sea ice cover. This thinning is more than 40 % in the last 25 years.

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• The Deep-Sea Frontier: Science challenges for a sustainable future

The deep-sea is a complex bio-geosphere system in the world's ocean environment. This system supports the largest biosphere on earth, modulates the global climate and contains vast natural resources for use both today and in the future. However, it is not well understood. This publication describes the research challenges of working in the deep ocean and outlines the strategies required to carry out multi-disciplinary research in this domain.

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• Global Change and Ecosystems, EU Research for the Environment (Catalogue of FP6 projects)

The catalogue presents summarised information on the 279 EU research projects funded during the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), under the "Global Change and Ecosystems" sub-priority and the relevant "Scientific Support to Policies" research activities, as at November 2006 (a number of projects presented in this catalogue are still under negotiation).

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• Proceedings of the EurOCEAN 2004: European Conference on Marine Science & Ocean Technology

Galway, Ireland -10–13 May 2004

The EurOCEAN 2004 Conference marked the 10th Anniversary and 5th Conference in the very successful series of EurOCEAN / MAST Days Conferences which started in Brussels in 1994. EurOCEAN 2004 brought together over 550 marine researchers, policy makers and private sector representatives to share information and views on a range of marine research issues, to celebrate the contribution that European marine science and technology makes to our understanding of marine ecosystem functioning and its contribution to future economic and social developments in Europe.

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• Polar Environment and Climate, Results and information from FP5 and FP6 projects

This catalogue presents projects financed under the European Union’s 5th and 6th Framework Programmes for Research related partly or entirely to polar issues. They are focussed on climate change and functioning of Earth system, environment and health, natural hazards, natural resources, research infrastructures and an ERA-net for the polar areas.

This publication is a European Commission contribution to the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and its release is planned to coincide with the International Symposium “Polar Environment and Climate: The challenges - European research in the context of the International Polar Year” organised by the Directorate-General for Research on the 5- 6 March 2007 in Brussels.

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• Climate change impacts on the water cycle, resources and quality

Proceedings of an expert workshop organised in Brussels on 25 and 26 September 2006 by the European Commission (DG for Research - Environment-Climate Unit; DG for Environment, and the Joint Research Centre). Scientists, experts and policy makers discussed on climate change impacts on the water cycle, resources and quality. The workshop proceedings comprise a summary of the sessions, discussions held during the round tables as well as abstracts of the contributions to sessions from speakers. Contributions and discussions during the workshop are feeding the 7th Research Framework Programme and the European Policy on water and climate change. They are also a direct input to the International Symposium on “Climate Change and the European Water Dimension” organised under the German presidency of the European Union on February 2007.

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• RAISE people awareness of EU urban research

This publication describes a first experiment of European citizens conference on EU urban sustainability research, the RAISE project. The aim was to raise the awareness of the options available as outcome of several fields of research – urban governance, sustainable transport, sustainable built environment, cultural heritage – and evaluate their acceptability from the citizens “everyday life” perspective.

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• European research on Natural Hazards :
catalogue of selected FP5 and FP6 projects

A catalogue of selected research projects on Natural Hazards financed by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research (Environment Directorate) under the fifth and sixth framework programmes. The projects cover issues on Avalanches, Floods, Forest Fires, Landslides, Multirisks, Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes.

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• Climate Change – Research Challenges
(Proceedings of the International Symposium 2-3 Feb 2006)

The report summarises the presentations held at the International Symposium on Climate Change in the area of Climate Change and its Impacts, Ozone Depletion, Observations and Natural Hazards. It provides a consolidated overview of latest European research achievements in the areas specified and highlights outstanding research questions.

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• Commission research in action: tackling the hormone disrupting chemicals issue
Selected results emerging from Projects funded by the European Commission’s 5th Framework Programme for Research

Hormone-disrupting chemicals have generated quite a bit of media attention, leading the European Parliament to call for decisive action. But in order to find preventive measures, we need to know more about which chemicals we should be looking out for, how we can improve detection mechanisms and what the potential impact on human health could be. This publication outlines the results of projects dealing with endocrine disrupters, which will contribute to the development of new regulation.

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• European Research on Climate Change: Catalogue of FP5 and FP6 Projects on Carbon Cycle and Green House Gases

This publication showcases projects which have contributed markedly to environmental research on carbon cycle and other greenhouse gases – a priority in the EU research programmes. Several studies financed under the EU’s Framework Programmes aim to improve predictions of climate change and its consequences, and investigate potential strategies to mitigate the potentially disastrous effects. In addition, the catalogue on FP5 and FP6 projects will help policy-makers and researchers to identify the future research needs in the field of the European carbon and greenhouse gases for the 7th Framework Programme.

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• Workshop on European research on flood risk management: A contribution to the concerns generated by the summer 2005 Floods in Europe

The summer of 2005 saw extremely heavy rainfall, causing severe flooding, death and destruction in several Central and Eastern European countries. Floods are Europe’s primary natural hazard. This calls for concerted EU action, including research on flood-related issues. Research activities have concentrated on gaining a better understanding of the causes of floods and improving methods of prediction. FLOODSite – the largest ever research project on floods with a €10 million EU contribution – is currently dealing with integrated flood risk analysis and management methodologies. The workshop on flood risk management provided a platform for discussion on these important issues. This publication relays the different thematic sessions to readers and outlines a number of noteworthy projects.

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• Europe Sustainable Development Strategy – Research

Sustainable development is a deep-seated value of the European Union and encompasses issues of enormous importance to citizens, whether it be maintaining and increasing long-term prosperity, addressing climate change or working towards a safe, healthy and socially inclusive society. As we face increasingly rapid global changes, from the melting of the icecaps to growing energy demand and higher prices, the need to address unsustainable trends and to change our behaviour and attitudes is more pressing than ever.

The EU’s Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) aims to bring about a high level of environmental protection, social equity and cohesion, economic prosperity and active promotion of sustainable development worldwide. The 2005 Strategy focuses its actions on the key challenges of climate change and clean energy; public health; social inclusion, demography and migration; management of natural resources; sustainable transport and global poverty and development

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Cover "European Research on Climate Change – Catalogue of FP6 Projects (Volume 1)" • European Research on Climate Change – Catalogue of FP6 Projects (Volume 1)
A catalogue of research projects on climate change financed by the European Commission, Directorate General Research, Environment Directorate under the Sixth Framework Programme. They cover issues on carbon and nitrogen cycle, atmospheric pollutants, climate dynamics and variability, prediction and impacts of climatic change, stratospheric ozone, adaptation and mitigation strategies and observing and forecasting systems.
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Cover "Special issue of “Climate Policy” by EFIEA"• Special issue of “Climate Policy” by EFIEA
Climate change links together stakeholders: academic, industrial and government researchers, consultants and negotiators, industrial and non-government lobby organisations, consumers and, especially, policymakers. DG Research strongly supports such ties via instruments such as the European Forum on Integrated Environmental Assessment (EFIEA), a Concerted Action funded by the EU's Fifth Framework Programme.

EFIEA is network of research organisations across Europe whose purpose is to strengthen science-policy dialogue by bringing together leading researchers, stakeholders and policymakers to jointly address climate change and energy, transport, land use and water policies. One of its deliverables is a special issue of Climate Policy, the international peer-reviewed journal on responses to climate change. This issue focuses on climate policy options after 2012 by reviewing the long-term policy options for climate change adaptation and mitigation that Europe should pursue to enhance sustainability on a global level.
More information can be found in

TOPIC: NATURAL HAZARDS - Flood related research projects
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Cover "Assessing the Social and Environmental Impacts of European Research"• Assessing the Social and Environmental Impacts of European Research
Report to the European Commission
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• Outcome of the consultation meetings on Tsunami risk in Europe: status, gaps and needs related to early warning systems (28/02-01/03/2005 – 21-22/03/2005)
Working document version 1 : tsunami research needs in Europe
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• International Workshop on Research on Impacts of Tsunamis and Natural Disasters, 25-26 May 2005, Brussels
Report on main recommendations
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• EU Research on Environment and Health - Expanding Knowledge to improve our Well-Being
We all want to enjoy healthy lives, but our well-being depends to a large extent on the quality of the environments in which we live and work. The European Commission's Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010 outlines measures that will integrate Europe's expertise in environment, health and research sectors in order to better understand how environmental factors may threaten our health. By strengthening EU research in the environment and health research area and gearing it to inform policy-making, the Union and Member States will be able to formulate robust and targeted policy that better protects citizens’ health.
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Cover "Socio-Economic Projects In Energy, Transport and Environment" • Socio-Economic Projects In Energy, Transport and Environment
This booklet contains the abstracts and the administrative data from the socio-economic projects in the energy, transport and environment field funded under the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (1998-2002) and some initial projects funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (2002-2006). The projects included are the most relevant examples in relation to the following key issues:
> Modelling and Scenarios;
> Direct and External Costs;
> Policy Instruments and Governance;
> Social Acceptability and Human Behaviour.
The most recent projects, especially those under the Sixth Framework Programme, are cross-cutting and therefore cover several of the above. The intention is to provide general information for as wide a public as possible within the scientific community.
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Cover "Watching the world for a better tomorrow" • EU Research for Sustainable Earth Observation – Watching the world for a better tomorrow
The ad hoc Group on Earth Observations (GEO), with strong political backing from governments and support from organisations around the world, is working towards an unprecedented level of coordination and harmonisation of Earth Observation Systems. Its goal is to create the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS, which will bring together all available information on the state of the world’s environment, consolidating existing data from disparate and disconnected sources. The GEOSS will facilitate the provision of relevant and meaningful environment information, responding directly to specific socio-economic needs, helping policy-makers and the scientific community, and providing useful information to businesses and citizens alike. Work is already under way to make the GEOSS a reality, including a variety of innovative EU-supported research and development initiatives.
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Cover - EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use Sustainable Management - Today’s Plan, Europe’s Future • EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use Sustainable Management - Today’s Plan, Europe’s Future
Managing the development of Europe’s cities and regions in a sustainable way not only requires the optimisation of economic, social and environmental objectives, but also demands an appropriate balance between the interests of industry, citizens and other land users. This publication describes the practical support offered by EU research both to the decision-making process and to the implementation of sustainable solutions.
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Cover - EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Sustaining Europe • EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Sustaining Europe
This publication describes a selection of the practical tools, technologies and policy recommendations generated by EU research in the Fifth and Sixth Research Framework Programmes in support of European efforts to achieve sustainable development. It explains how the outputs of research are already helping policymakers, planners and practitioners to overcome the complex environmental, social and economic dilemmas of cities and regions across Europe.
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Cover - EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use Sustainable Urban Environment - Building the Future • EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use Sustainable Urban Environment - Building the Future
The principles of sustainability must inform every stage in the creation of the urban environment in which 80% of EU citizens live – planning and design, construction, operation and maintenance, renewal and reuse. This publication explains the practical contribution made by EU-funded research and demonstration projects to the realisation of dynamic and environmentally friendly cities that are also attractive, pleasant and clean.
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Cover - Space Applications for the Environment - Development of Earth Observation Technologies within the Fifth Framework Programme • Global Earth Observation System of Systems GEOSS
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) 10-Year Implementation Plan, endorsed by nearly 60 governments and the European Commission on 16 February 2005, is designed to qualitatively improve our understanding of the Earth system, markedly enhancing global policy- and decision-making abilities to promote the environment, human health, safety, and welfare. This publication provides substantive detail for the implementation of the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan.
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Cover - Space Applications for the Environment - Development of Earth Observation Technologies within the Fifth Framework Programme• Space Applications for the Environment - Development of Earth Observation Technologies within the Fifth Framework Programme
This brochure presents the main outcomes of a portfolio of 26 community-funded research projects linked to Earth observation technologies in the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5). Section one describes project achievements. — Subjects covered include weather and climate change, greenhouse gases, air pollution, water management, floods, the coastal zone, biodiversity, agriculture and hazards. Section two highlights the relevance of these projects to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative (GMES). Section three catalogues the projects and gives contact details for obtaining more information.
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Cover - EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Land Use and Mobility - Keeping our Cities Moving• EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Land Use and Mobility - Keeping our Cities Moving
Questions of transport and land use lie at the heart of sustainable urban planning, and are fundamentally interlocked. This publication explains the substantial contribution already made by EU research to improved understanding of the opportunities for integration of policy and practice in these two fields. It also shows how pilot schemes across Europe are benefiting from the realisation of such synergies, using approaches and tools which are now available to other cities and regions.
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Cover - EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Cultural Heritage - New Technologies for the Future of our Past • EU Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Cultural Heritage - New Technologies for the Future of our Past
Europe’s cultural heritage is threatened by water damage, air pollution, chemicals, mass tourism and poor management. This publication shows how EU research brings together expert scientists, public authorities, owners and managers, architects and restorers to develop and test new technologies, tools, materials and methods. The results of their work will enable Europe to improve the protection of its rich cultural heritage.
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Cover - Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Un-Habitat and the EU - Creating A World Of Sustainable Cities • Research for Sustainable Urban Development and Land Use - Un-Habitat and the EU - Creating A World Of Sustainable Cities
Co-operation between UN-HABITAT and the EU to share the results of their research efforts is helping to improve environmental conditions and the quality of life in cities around the world. This publication outlines the two bodies’ achievements in the area of sustainable urban development, offering concrete examples of the widely applicable tools and resources that they have created. It shows how the two-way flow of experience and expertise benefits European and non-European cities alike.
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Cover - EU Research Environmental Technologies - Clean And Competitive • EU Research Environmental Technologies - Clean And Competitive
Environmental technologies are both an urgent requirement and an economic opportunity for Europe. This publication summarises the European Commission’s Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP). The Plan outlines the action that must be taken by the EU, its Member States, and its businesses and consumers in order to bring into the mainstream new technologies which can help Europe – and the world – to achieve sustainable development.
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Cover "Global change and ecosystem: European research in action" • Global change and ecosystem: European research in action

Covering the period 2002-2006, the Sixth Framework Programme was designed to provide major leverage to the creation of a European Research Area (ERA), where the aim is to provide the EU with a scientific and technological policy that is more effectively coordinated, better managed and more dynamic.
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• Water cycle and Soil-related aspects. Water Technologies: results and opportunities - global changes and ecosystems
This brochure presents an selection of FP 5 projects that contributed to areas as waste water, drinking water, industrial water technologies but also monitoring and decision support system
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Cover "Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment of EU Policies" • Tools for Sustainability Impact Assessment of EU Policies.
The Contribution of the EU Socio-economic Research
Sustainable Development should become the central objective of all sectors and policies. Policy makers must identify likely spillovers – good and bad – onto other policy areas and take them into account. Careful assessment of the full effects of a policy proposal must include estimates of its economic, environmental and social impacts inside and outside the EU.
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Cover "Workshop Report: The EU-US Scientific Initiative on Harmful Algal Blooms"• Workshop Report: The EU-US Scientific Initiative on Harmful Algal Blooms
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) are due to proliferations of algae that can have devastating ecological and economic impacts in the world’s oceans. They occur through the world, and their distribution globally has been expanding, from a few isolated coasts several hundred years ago to virtually all areas of coastline. Impacts of these events can include contamination of seafood with toxins; fish, shellfish mamma, or bird kills; and altered marine ecosystems through changes in water quality and light penetration. Most dramatically, these events can induce human illness, leading to public demand for effective management of these bloom taxa. The study of their ecology and the factors that impact their development and toxin expression in Europe and in the US is the subject of this initiative for EU-US Programme on Harmful Algal Blooms.
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The path to sustainability - Cover • The path to sustainability
Environmental problems such as ozone depletion, species loss and global climate change, urban pollution and thecontamination of rivers and coastal waters, are rightly tackled at European level. They cannot be confined within nationalborders, and are too vast and complex to be solved by any country alone, while all Member States rely to some extent onshared natural resources.
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How to teach natural hazards in school: raising awareness on earthquake hazard -Cover • How to teach natural hazards in school: Raising awareness on earthquake hazard
In the frame of the Naras EU-project (Natural risk assessment) and in collaboration with Eduseis, ad educational “cook book” has been produced for schools in order to increase knowledge related to earthquakes and seismology. Teachers and pupils will be able to learn more about science in this field and increase their awareness in disaster reduction through simple exercises and activities.
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