Development of the data-modelling system and the decision support tool for the integrated marine and inland water management
Estonian Environmental Research Centre (EERC) is a state-owned company, the main shareholder is the Ministry of Environment. The EERC has over the years developed into a leading environmental authority for the conduct of research and analyses as needed to ensure the accuracy and quality of the various analyses carried out for the divisions of the Ministry of Environment, the Tax and Customs Board, and for other agencies and supervisory authorities. Estonian Environmental Research Centre is the competence centre for environmental studies and a key public partner and an advisor for the complex environmental assessment and for the continuity of environmental effect. As a state-owned company EERC also provides vital environmental services – an elevated ambient air monitoring and the operation of the early warning system of pollution resulting from the potential hazards.
The project promoter (EERC) is responsible for overall project coordination, management and execution. The promoter is the recipient of the grants and bears sole responsibility for the entire project in front of the Ministry of Environment.
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Project financial manager
Environment Agency is administered by the Ministry of the Environment and its main activities are the organization of the national environmental monitoring, weather forecasting and warnings, compilation and evaluation of the environmental factors that influence it, the maintenance of the relevant databases and reporting on the state of the environment in Estonia.
Environment Agency’s role in the project is to modernize and to form mutually compatible and necessary data for the water management and the water economy. Also the Environment Agency has the task to develop the applications for the modelling source data and the modelling results according to the needs of the user.
Environment Agency participates in the selection and testing of models and identifies the cases of use. Partner’s activities will help determine and introduce hydrologic models to evaluate the status of the water, and evaluate the load and the impact of the measures applied to the water environment.
Head of the water division
Head of the hydrology division
Environmental Board is a state authority acting in the area of government of the Ministry of the Environment, the areas of activity of which are national nature and environmental protection as well as implementing of plans of action, programmes and policies of environment use and radiation safety. The main tasks of the Environmental Board are issuing environmental permits and natural resources exploitation permit, providing opinion on planning and projects, organising environmental and nature use data and reporting, maintaining databases related to the field of activity, organising and implementing scientific and research activities, as well as monitoring of natural objects.
The role of the Environmental Board is to participate in the selection of the models used during the project, testing models and software solutions as well as determining cases of use. The partner’s activity should help to determine and implement measures for evaluating the impact on water status, the load on water environment and measures as well as for providing forecasts in the area of models related to bodies of surface water.
Deputy of the director of the environment use
Head specialist and coordinator of the water division
The Environmental Inspectorate is the governmental authority working in the area of government of the Ministry of the Environment, whose main task is to provide national monitoring and apply enforcement powers of the state pursuant to procedures prescribed by law. In addition to the obligation to perform monitoring, the task of the Environmental Inspectorate is to publish information and inform the population pursuant to legislation prescribed by law, collection and analysis of environmental monitoring data, participation in the compilation of national programmes, development plans and financial plans.
The role of the Environmental Inspectorate is to participate in the selection of the models used during the project, testing models and software solutions as well as determining cases of use. The activity of the partner should help to determine and implement measures for evaluating and forecasting the impact of measures and the load on status of water and water environment in the area of models related to bodies of surface water.
The Information Technology Centre of the Ministry of the Environment is the governmental authority working in the area of government of the Ministry of the Environment, which is representing the state by carrying out its tasks. Its assignment is to administrate and develop communication systems between all the systems governed by the Ministry of the Environment.
Partner’s role in the project is to administrate and coordinate the IT tasks incl. developing the initial tasks for the developed IT solutions, preparing and carrying out the procurements, developing the structure of software solutions, development of coordination of system analyses and design, testing of developed non-functional queries, participating in implementation and administration.
Head of the division of the development of IT
Norwegian partner, Bioforsk trains, consults and cooperates with Estonian experts in identifying candidate models on water runoff and nutrient losses from agricultural areas in specific, and transferability to the river basis scale in general. Partner cooperates with Estonian experts on identifying required input data for running selected models and define management-relevant outputs from the selected models. Partner assists in data acquisition, parameterization, assessment and testing of the selected models. Also assists in the calibration and validation of the selected models, and helps evaluate their applicability in the Estonian integrated water management. Partner arranges training of Estonian experts in Norway and give practical demonstrations on (a) filling potential data gaps, (b) modelling solutions used in Norway, their evaluation and presentation, and (c) the selection of mitigation measures and setting up related information management systems.
Head of the department of Soil and Environment