Presentation of the FP7 Project "EnviroGRIDS: Building Capacity for a Black Sea catchment observation and assessment system"
In light of the current and forthcoming climate, land cover and population changes in the Black Sea catchment region, it is becoming extremely important to better understand how the quantity and quality of waters will vary in the catchment over the coming decades. To model the hydrology of this large catchment, three steps are needed: (1) a large transnational data collection effort, (2) adequate management and sharing processes of the environmental data in a dedicated Spatial Data Infrastructure, and (3) distributed computing in order to allow running a high-resolution model. The EU/FP7 enviroGRIDS project (running 2009-2013) is addressing these steps with a 30-partner consortium mainly located in the Black Sea region. In this talk we will discuss the various data-related challenges of the project, particularly the important issue of sharing data through international initiative such as GEOSS, and the technical requirement for using Grid computing infrastructures to optimize computationally-intensive simulations.