Advertisement

The Framework for Environmental Software Systems of the European Environment Agency

  • Jiří Hřebíček
  • Stefan Jensen
  • Chris Steenmans
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 448)

Abstract

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is the authoritative European environment node and hub, and a key initiator within networks of knowledge co-creation, sharing and use in European Union (EU). It ensures the quality, availability and accessibility of environmental data and information needed to support strategic area: informing policy implementation and assessing systemic challenges. It actively communicates data, information and knowledge to policymakers, the public, research communities and others (non-governmental organizations, businesses) as well as to regional and international processes including those of the United Nation and its specialised agencies and promotes information governance as a driver of public empowerment and behavioural change. In the past few years the EEA’s environmental information systems as well as environmental modelling with the support of environmental software systems have been supporting decision making processes within the EU Systems have undergone rapid development and grew up to support the knowledgebase of European Commission and EU Member States. Specifically, new infrastructure to support supply services (collection of data); networking (knowledge management); workflows (planning, automation, quality management); development of final products and public services (reports, web sites, public data and information services) were put in place. EEA strengthens the infrastructure for environmental data and information sharing both at the EEA and in the European Environment Information and Observation Network with cooperating countries too, taking into account the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) developments. The paper presents the framework for the of development of EEA environmental software systems and information services accepted in Multiannual Working Plan of the EEA for 2014 – 2018 and its implication for ICT.

Keywords

EEA environmental data information system environmental services environmental monitoring Eionet SEIS Copernicus and INSPIRE 

References

  1. 1.
    Decision No 1386/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 on a General Union Environment Action Programme to 2020. Living well, within the limits of our planet. OJL 354, 171–200 (2013) Google Scholar
  2. 2.
  3. 3.
  4. 4.
    EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 – towards implementation, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/comm2006/2020.htm
  5. 5.
    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, http://unfccc.int/2860.php
  6. 6.
    Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, http://ozone.unep.org/new_site/en/montreal_protocol.php
  7. 7.
    Convention on Biological Diversity, http://www.cbd.int/convention/
  8. 8.
    Global Europe 2050, Publications Office of the EU, Luxembourg (2012), doi:10.2777/79992 Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    European Environment Agency, http://www.eea.europa.eu/
  10. 10.
    Regulation (EC) No 401/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the European Environment Agency and the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Codified version). OJL 126, 13–22 (2009) Google Scholar
  11. 11.
  12. 12.
    Multiannual Work Programme 2014-2018. Expanding the knowledge base for policy implementation and long-term transitions. Publications Office of the EU, Luxembourg (2014), doi:10.2800/10814 Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Shared Environmental Information System, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/seis/index.htm
  14. 14.
    INSPIRE Directive, http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/
  15. 15.
  16. 16.
    Digital Agenda for Europe, http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/
  17. 17.
  18. 18.
    UNEP Global Environmental Outlook, http://www.unep.org/geo/
  19. 19.
  20. 20.
  21. 21.
    Global Earth Observation System of Systems, http://www.earthobservations.org/geoss.php
  22. 22.
  23. 23.
  24. 24.
    Clean Air for Europe programme (CAFE), http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/cafe/
  25. 25.
    Water Information System for Europe, http://water.europa.eu/
  26. 26.
    European Marine Observation and Data Network, http://www.emodnet.eu/
  27. 27.
    Biodiversity Information System for Europe, http://biodiversity.europa.eu/info
  28. 28.
  29. 29.
  30. 30.
    Europe Space Agency, http://www.esa.int/ESA
  31. 31.
    Brachet, G.: From initial ideas to a European plan: GMES as an exemplar of European space strategy. Space Policy 20, 7–15 (2004), doi:10.1016/j.spacepol.2003.11.002CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. 32.
    Science Communication Unit, University of the West of England, Bristol (2012). Science for Environment Policy. Future Brief: Earth Observation’s Potential for the EU Environment. DG Environment, Brussels (2013), http://ec.europa.eu/science-environment-policy
  33. 33.
  34. 34.
  35. 35.
  36. 36.
  37. 37.
  38. 38.
  39. 39.
    Mid-term evaluation report on INSPIRE implementation. EEA Technical report, No 17/2014, Publications Office of the EU, Luxembourg (2014)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiří Hřebíček
    • 1
  • Stefan Jensen
    • 2
  • Chris Steenmans
    • 2
  1. 1.European Environment Agency, Scientific CommitteeCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.European Environment AgencyCopenhagenDenmark

Personalised recommendations