(Euro-EcoGeoCentre - Romania)

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European Centre of Excellence for Environmental and

Geo
-
ecological Studies on River


Delta


Sea Systems

in Europe:


case study River Danube


its Delta


Black Sea System


(Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania)




National Institute of Research and Development

for Marine Geology and Geo
-
ecology

GeoEcoMar

Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Main objectives



Continuous formation and training of young scientists

for improving the scientific level of the Romanian R&D
units;



Enhanced East
-

West scientific co
-
operation by
networking and improving mobility schemes

;



Enhanced long
-
term co
-
operative research and
monitoring of the River Danube
-
its Delta
-
Black Sea
system using jointly the local and international human
and logistic resources (a

matrix


and

catalyst


of the
two previous objectives)

.



Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP.1
-

Specialised courses

(duration
two weeks

yearly)

Course 1

"Hydrological, sedimentological, biogeochemical processes
in fluvial, deltaic and coastal marine environments"

(Year 1,
Month
8
)


(a) Coastal marine processes of water and sediment dynamics, erosion
-
accumulation equilibrium, schemes for coastal zone protection


(b) D
elta hydrology and sedimentary processes, river
-
sea contact zone
processes and water and sediment dynamics



(c) River

hydrology, sediment transport, scouring, changes in
morphology, sedimentation, navigation improvement etc.


Course 2

" Biogeochemistry of water and sediments in rivers, deltas
and coastal seas, the quality of water and sediments"
(Year 2,
Month
22
)

Course 3

"Ecosystem structure and functioning"
(Year 3, Month
32
)

Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP.2
-

Summer schools

(10 days yearly)


Year

1



Month

9
;

Year

2



Month

21
;

Year

3



Month

33

Topics

to

be

covered
:



Environmental

complex

studies,

geo
-
ecology

of

the

River

Danube,

its

Delta

and

the

coastal

Black

Sea
;


Genesis

and

evolution

of

the

Danube,

of

the

Delta

and

of

the

Black

Sea
;



Structure

and

functioning

of

the

characteristic

ecosystems

in

the

region
;


Environmental

changes

impact

on

aquatic

and

sedimentary

systems
;


Major

pollution

issues

impacting

the

environmental

state

of

the

region,

the

water

resources

and

supply
;


Cost
-
effective

solutions

to

protect

and

rehabilitate

the

river,

delta

and

coastal

sea

environments
;



Sustainable

management

of

living

and

mineral

resources

within

the

Danube
-
Black

Sea

system
.



Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP.3
-

Junior scientists visitors

(
two young scientists/one month
each yearly)


Task

3
.
1
:

Two

young

scientists

from

Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre

will

have

one

month

training

at

IFREMER

and

Hamburg

University

for

specialised

analyses

of

samples

collected

during

the

first

River

Danube

cruise

and

using

new

methodologies

and

analytical

equipment

(Year

1



Month

9
)
.


Task

3
.
2
:

Two

young

scientists

will

take

part

in

the

study

of

Black

Sea

and

Danube

Delta

samples

at

the

Institute

of

Environment

and

Sustainability

of

JRC

in

Ispra

(Year

2



Month

21
)
.


Task 3.3
:

Two young scientists will participate for a one month period in
processing and interpretation of the results of the three year research
programme of the Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre at IFREMER (Year 3


Month 33).


Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP.4


Two Ph.D. thesis with double
supervision





In the
first two years

the PhD students will spend two
months/year at the partner university.



In the
last third year

the PhD students will have two
times two months stays


one for finishing the thesis
research and the second for preparing the public
presentation of the thesis


Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP.5


Workshops


(
Duration 3 days/workshop
-

18 participants, of which 8 from abroad)



Task 5. 1.
:
Workshop 1


"New ideas for an integrated observing and
forecasting system in the Lower Danube River, Danube Delta and NW
Black Sea“ (Year 1


Month 7)



Task 5. 2.
:

Workshop 2


" Present
-
day environmental problems of the Lower
Danube River, including Danube Delta"

(Year 1


M 12)


Task 5. 3.
:

Workshop 3


"Environmental disequilibria in the NW Black Sea
coastal system: causes, consequences, correctives"

(Year 2


M 21)


Task 5. 4.
:

Workshop 4


"Changes in the structure and functioning of the
open sea ecosystems" (Year 3


M 33)

Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP.6
-

Symposia, conferences



(3
5 participants, of which 15 from abroad)



Task 6. 1.
Symposium 1
: "Abnormal influxes into the European Seas,
particularly BAB Seas (Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas)


causes,
consequences, correctives" (Year 1, month 10
-

3 days)

Task 6. 2.
Symposium 2
: "Reciprocal connections between subsystems along
the contour interfaces in semi
-
enclosed European Seas


a review of the
diversity and variability of terrestrial
-

aquatic, atmosphere
-

sea and
water mass
-
seabed interactions” (Year 2, month 22


3 days)


Task 6. 3.
Symposium 3
: "Sequential/differential approach for the holistic
knowledge of the coastal zone


fundamentals of sustainable
management" (Year 3, month 34


3 days)

Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part I: Continuous training of young scientists


WP. 7


Establishing of dedicated web site for a
virtual school and dissemination of the Centre's
results

Electronic publishing of general and specific information about the
project and about the Centre and its facilities;

Electronic publishing of information about the current progress and
agenda of the project;

Electronic publishing of all written materials of courses and
seminars;

Gathering and structuring in a database of all the scientific data
acquired during the project; publishing this information on the
project web site;

Publishing on the project web site of the suitable deliverables and the
corresponding scientific papers.



Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part II: Enhanced scientific cooperation by networking



WP.8


Co
-
ordination
-

Steering Committee meetings


Management of scientific, teaching and networking activities
of European
-
EcoGeoCentre;

Management and control of the administration and financial
state of the Centre;

Upgrading the development strategy of the Centre.

Time schedule:

Year 1
: Meeting 1
-

month 1, 3 days; Meeting 2
-

month 12, 3 days;


Year 2
: Meeting 3
-

month 21, 3 days;

Year 3
: Meeting 4
-

month 30, 3 days; Meeting 5
-

month 36, 3 days
.



Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part II: Enhanced scientific cooperation by networking


WP
.
9



Participation

in

cruises

on

the

Danube,

in

the

Danube

delta

and

on

the

Black

Sea

Task 9.1


The participation of high
-
level scientists from the co
-
operating West
-
European institutes in cruises on the River
Danube, within the Danube Delta and on the Black Sea as
co
-
chiefs of the cruises

Objectives:

To enhance the co
-
operation among Romanian and West
-
European partners;


To develop closer networking through direct participation of high
-
level
professionals from the West
-
European co
-
operating institutes in field
research organised by the European EcoGeoCentre;


To facilitate the transfer of know
-
how from the western scientists to young
Romanian researchers.


Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part II: Enhanced scientific cooperation by networking


WP.10


Participation in laboratory work


Task 9.1
-

The participation of high level scientists from the co
-
operating West
-
European institutes in laboratory work on
samples and records obtained within the cruises on the
River Danube, in the Danube Delta and on the Black Sea.

Objectives:

To enhance the co
-
operation among Romanian and West
-
European partners;

To develop closer networking through the direct participation of high
-
level
professionals from the West
-
European co
-
operating institutes in
laboratory work on collected samples and recorded profiles during the
field works carried out through the Centre;

To facilitate the transfer of know
-
how from western scientists to young
Romanian researchers.




Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part II: Enhanced scientific cooperation by networking


WP.11
-

Participation in processing and
interpretation of data; publication of results.

Task 11.1


The participation of high
-
level scientists from the co
-
operating West
-
European institutes in data processing and
interpretation, structuring and validating a complex data
-
base and
a project GIS, as well as predicting the evolution of the Danube
-
its
delta
-
Black Sea system.


Objectives:

To enhance the co
-
operation between Romanian and West
-
European partners;

To develop closer networking through the direct participation of high
-
level
professionals from the West
-
European co
-
operating institutes in data
processing and interpretation at Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre as well as at the
other participating institutes;

To facilitate the transfer of know
-
how from western scientists to young
Romanian researchers.




Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part III:
Long term co
-
operative research and monitoring
of the River Danube


Danube Delta


Black Sea system



WP.III/1
-

Process studies (hydrology, sedimentology,
biogeochemistry etc.), water and sediments quality,
structure and functioning of ecosystems within the
Danube
-

its delta
-

Black Sea system

Not financed through the Centre of Excellence


Objectives:

Scientific

cruises

on

the

River

Danube,

in

the

Danube

Delta

and

on

the

Black

Sea

for

sampling

water,

sediments

and

biota,

in
-
situ

measurements

of

different

physical
-
chemical

parameters,

bathymetric,

hydrologic

and

geo
-
environmental

studies

(side
-
scan,

acoustic

and

seismo
-
acoustic

profiling,

geomagnetics,

etc
.
)

;

Laboratory

analyses

of

samples

collected

during

the

cruises


Processing and interpretation of the data obtained




Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part III:
Long term co
-
operative research and monitoring
of the River Danube


Danube Delta


Black Sea system


WP
.
III/
2

-

Global

and

sea

level

changes

and

their

influence

on

the

ecological

state

and

socio
-
economic

development

of

the

region
;

anthropogenic

changes

and

their

role

in

the

ecosystems

functioning

Not financed through the Centre of Excellence

Objectives:

Task A
: Geophysical, geological and biological studies of
continental, shallow and deep
-
water depocenters for evidencing
global changes in sedimentary records.


Task

B
:

Identification

and

quantification

of

the

main

categories

of

physical
-
chemical

and

biological

disturbances

of

the

regional

aquatic

ecosystems,

as

a

consequence

of

anthropogenic

socio
-
economic

activities
.


Euro
-
EcoGeoCentre
-

Romania

Part III:
Long term co
-
operative research and monitoring
of the River Danube


Danube Delta


Black Sea system


WP.III/3


Data
-
base, GIS and predicting the
trends of environmental evolution of the
region; studies on the sustainable management
of the mineral and living resources

Not financed through the Centre of Excellence

Objectives:

Task

A

-

To

create

a

complex

database

for

the

River

Danube

-

Danube

Delta

-

Black

Sea

system
.


Task

B

-

To

establish

a

project

GIS

which

will

be

able

to

generate

thematic

maps

as

needed

and

will

be

updated

throughout

the

project
.