Two projects from Call 2 are finalized:
INSPECT stands for 'INtegration of SPatially Explicit risks of ConTaminants in Spatial Planning and Land Management'. The goal of the project was to further refine a decision support system (DSS) that was developed within another European project BERISP ('Breaking Ecotoxicological Restraints in Spatial Planning'). This DSS is a free computer program which allows an iterative procedure in spatial planning processes, in which a planner can review different scenario's of landscape uses and habitat distribution against scientific knowledge on risks of pollutants for organisms (little owl, blackbird, small mammals and large herbivores). Finally, the different scenarios are compared in pairs. Because of the use of maps, the DSS is a strong visual instrument. The program consists of scientific models that were validated for a number of contaminated areas in the Netherlands, Flanders and France. The research partners are the University of Franche-Comté (F), the University of Antwerp (B) and Alterra Wageningen UR (NL). The DSS is available at www.berisp.org
The final report still has to be approved by the Call Steering Committee.
Application period call 4 closed
Applications for research projects, funded under the fourth call of the SNOWMAN network , were due by December 17, 2012. Eight projects proposals were sent in, for a total budget of almost 1,9 million euro. All projects have passed the eligibility and fundability test and will now enter the peer reviewing stage. The final decision on project selection is expected by the summer, unless some extra explanation is required by the researchers.