Envt Modelling & Geoprocessing

GRID products corresponding to the "Environment Modelling and Geoprocessing" activity cluster
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The Environment Modeling and Geoprocessing unit of GRID-Geneva is specialised in integrating innovative modeling and geoprocessing solutions to address numerous environmental issues in order to inform the general public and bring spatially-explicit solutions to decision makers.


Our current key activities are:

  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) with the coordination of the EU FP7 enviroGRIDS project on the Black Sea catchment that is modeling the impact of climate, land use and demography scenarios on the hydrology of this large catchment (www.envirogrids.net). GRID-Geneva is also contributing to the EU FP7 ACQWA project on the impact of climate change on water resources in mountainous regions (www.acqwa.ch).
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) with the participation to the EU FP7 project Pegaso that is addressing scientific gaps to be filled in order to implement the ICZM protocol in the Mediterranean and beyond (Black Sea) (www.pegaso-project.eu).
  • Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) by contributing to the FP7 AfroMaison project on the development of adaptive and integrated tools and strategies for natural resources management through five case studies in Africa.
  • The Swiss Environmental Domains by developing a new environmental classification of the Swiss territory that is a useful spatial framework for reporting on the environment.
  • Cartography of natural habitats in the State of Geneva (in collaboration with the Botanical Garden), by mapping the distribution of natural habitats in order to develop proper spatial planning and conservation programs at a local scale.
  • Species Distribution Modeling remains a strong area of expertise that is central for the development of many conservation planning tools such as red lists of endangered species, networks of natural reserves, or the predictions of the expected impacts of climate changes.

Through these projects GRID-Geneva is reinforcing its capacities to process and disseminate large amounts of geographic information by focusing its research and development activities on:

  • Spatial Data Infrastructures: SDIs are used to store and share spatially-explicit information on the environment through web services. GRID-Geneva is contributing to international efforts such the European directive INSPIRE and the Global Environment Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
  • GRID technologies are needed to geoprocess to transform increasing amounts of geospatial data into useful information.

This unit is working in very close collaboration with the enviroSPACE laboratory at the University of Geneva by exchanging knowledge and data, teaching and supervising student research projects (www.unige.ch/envirospace).