European conference of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU
Opportunities of SEIS and SISE: Integrating Environmental Knowledge in Europe | March 25-27, 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic

Programme | Sessions

S1 ICT research towards a Single Information Space in Europe for the Environment
(session chairpersons : Jiří Hřebíček, Dr. Colette Maloney, Manuel Monteiro, Alessandro Annoni, Lorenz Hilty, and Gerald Schimak).

This session will address the challenge of building - in the context of a digital Europe - a dynamic and collaborative space, not only for seamless data access to environmental data and models for public authorities, businesses and the public at large, but also for interoperable environmental services. This is the aim of the "Single Information Space in Europe for the Environment" (SISE): an ICT research vision for real-time connectivity between multiple environmental resources which would allow seamless cross-system search, as well as cross-border, multi-scale, multi-disciplinary data acquisition, pooling and sharing.

Furthermore, it would allow for service-chaining on the Web, thereby stimulating data integration into innovative value-added Web services. Typical topics for this session will include ICT research for environmental application and services, controlled vocabularies and standards, data interoperability and Web communities, data visualisation on the web, distributed computing and modelling, SISE deployment and business models. The session will also explore how the SISE vision can support at best the SEIS, INSPIRE and Kopernikus initiatives.

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S2Building SEIS, Europe's backbone for eGovernment environment services
(session chairpersons : Jiří Hradec, Timo Mäkelä, Meropi Paneli, Thomas Pick, Giorgio Saio, and Chris Steenmans).

The Commission Communication (COM(2008) 46 final) announcing a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) adopted in February 2008 sets out an approach to modernise and simplify the collection, exchange and use of the data and information required for the design and implementation of environmental policy. SEIS is based on a number of principles that the Commission sees as necessary in order to take full advantage of modern technology to provide the information base needed to address environmental challenges.

This session will promote further building of the Shared Environmental Information System of Member States of EU bringing together the demand and supply of the environmental information and e-services, the public and private on a open discussion platform. It aims at an efficient European exchange of knowledge and information on best practices and technologies of European, national and regional environmental data and information processing and dissemination, the role of INSPIRE SDIs and on Europe's needs for eEnvironment/eParticipation services. The session will also explore ways to maximise the synergies with eGovernment Action Plan beyond 2010.

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S3 ICT for monitoring and controlling of energy efficiency and security, modelling of air pollution, climate changes to support decision making in environment protection
(session chairpersons : Emil Pelikán, Vladimír Bízek, Giorgio Guariso, and Ivan Obrusník).

This session will be dedicated to the implementation ICT for monitoring and controlling of energy efficiency of energy-intensive systems, products and processes; methods and ICT and systems for modelling environmental factors including weather, climate changes, air pollution, etc. One of the important topics will be the interaction between wide range of environmental models (deterministic, stochastic etc.) and complex systems used in industry, transport and policy making.

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S4 GMES (potential for New EU countries for atmosphere and land monitoring)
(session chairpersons: Valere Mourtalier, Josef Aschbacher, Ondřej Mirovský, Jan Kolář, Tim Haigh, Jiří Hradec, Arno Kaschl )

This session will bring together representatives of institutions with end users especially from New EU member states. There will be discussed current state of art of the GMES programme, actual development and future potential. Concentrated effort will be put on presentation of practical examples of services for the benefit of users from the region, especially in atmosphere and land services.

Following sessions are foreseen:

  • GMES - state of art: GMES structure, recent development; space component, "in-situ" component
  • GMES - pre-operational services: presentations of respective projects of core services, (GEOLAND 2, MACC, myOCEAN, SAFER)
  • GMES and atmosphere: potential of GMES in air quality and climate change monitoring, examples of projects suitable for New EU countries, climate change contribution of GMES
  • GMES land user workshop: outcomes of GSE Land projects, examples from users (spatial planning, urban atlas, water quality, irrigation)
  • GMES showing results: other projects related to GMES will present outcomes of their services and open space for new ideas and future projects.

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