ELISE A decision support system (DSS) for river-basin management in the Elbe catchment

Country: Germany
Start Date:   1/1/2006         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: FKZ 0339542A
Organisation Type:  University research group / research institute
Water and sanitation-->Water supply
Water resources and their management -->Monitoring and mitigation
Water resources and their management -->River basins
Water resources and their management -->Stresses, quality and ecological status
Project objectives:
A DSS makes interdisciplinary knowledge available for administrative purposes and for policy decision-making processes. The DSS pilot version has the main 
aim to provide exemplary functionalities for federal institutions and those of the federal states. The groundwork for the pilot-DSS was laid in the interdisciplinary research of the association 'Elbe Ecology'
Project Summary:
Water resources management on the river-basin scale as the EC Water Framework Directive   
demands, flood control, and also the maintenance of rivers as navigable waterways constitute together a highly complex task. The understanding of the consequences 
of anthropogenic interventions in river ecosystems presupposes knowledge of the impacts that have to be expected. Only then decisions can be taken that ensure
adequate consideration of the interests of river-landscape protection as well as the social use interests. For this reason the German Federal Institute of
Hydrology (BfG) initiated the development of a Decision Support System (DSS) with the example of the River Elbe in the process of pooling the results achieved
within the BMBF Research Association 'Elbe Ecology'. The DSS pilot version has the purpose to make knowledge on the interactions of natural and anthropogenic
factors available for administrative tasks and policy decision making in a user-friendly and practice-oriented way. Further a DSS is also a tool for communication
and discussions between scientists and decision-makers. Now, this approach has to stand the practical test to identify options for further developments.
In the present version, the functionalities are organised in form of examples covering the topics water quality/reducing pollutant loads, flood control/flooding
risks, ecological state of floodplains, navigability, as well as external scenarios such as climate change, agricultural policy, and demographic developments.
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  10/11/2008 10:26:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  10/11/2008 10:27:00