Building Capacity for a Black Sea Catchment Observation and Assessment System supporting Sustainable Development
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 scientific aim of the EnviroGRIDS project is to assemble an observation system of the Black Sea catchment that will address several GEO Societal Benefit Areas within a changing climate framework. This system will incorporate a shared information system that operates on the boundary of scientific/technical partners, stakeholders and the public. It will contain an early warning system able to inform in advance decision-makers and the public about risks to human health, biodiversity and ecosystems integrity, agriculture production or energy supply caused by climatic, demographic and land cover changes on a 50-year time horizon.
The challenge was to convince and help regional data holders to make available their data and metadata to a larger audience in order to improve our capacity to assess the sustainability and vulnerability of the environment.
UMA with ETC-UMA was leader partner in WP3, Scenarios of changes, where the final objective was to produce spatially explicit scenarios on future demographic, climatic and land use changes in the Black Sea Basin (BSB), as producing a set of contrasting environmental scenario that integrate the above themes.
The ETC-UMA was also involved in WP6 where supported the CRS4 and UTC partners for the task 6.2 “Black Sea Catchment Observation System for decision-makers” with the aim to developing a Collaborative Working Environment (CWE) that allow to visualize and analyze data and results produced by hydrological model as SWAT and web-GIS technologies. Actually the final products are available on line, including a web tool capable to analyze and compare the scenarios results at sub-catchments level between each other.
An overview of different existing scenarios for the territory of the Black Sea Basin
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