ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures across Europe. Environmental Research Infrastructures provide key tools and instruments for the researchers to address specific challenges within their own scientific fields. However, to tackle the grand challenges facing human society (for example climate change, extreme events, loss of biodiversity, etc.), scientific collaboration across the traditional fields is necessary. The Earth system is highly interlinked and the area of focus for environmental research is therefore our whole planet.
Collaboration within the ENVRIplus will enable the multidisciplinary Earth system science across the traditional scientific fields, which is so important in order to address today’s global challenges. The cooperation will avoid the fragmentation and duplication of efforts, making the Research Infrastructures’ products and solutions easier to use with each other, improving their innovation potential and cost/benefit ratio of the Research Infrastructure operations.
Collaboration is the only way forward to address the Global Changes facing today’s society.
The objective of ENVRIplus is to provide common solutions to shared challenges for European Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures in their efforts to deliver new services for science and society. To reach this overall goal, ENVRIplus brings together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to build common synergic solutions for pressing issues in Research Infrastructure construction and implementation. ENVRIPLUS is driven by 3 overarching goals: 1) favouring cross-fertilization between Research Infrastructures, 2) implementing innovative concepts and devices across Infrastructures, and 3) facilitating research and innovation in the field of environment to an increasing number of users outside the Research Infrastructures.
ENVRIplus is organized along 6 main objectives called Themes.
The goal of Theme 1 “Technical Innovation” is to improve the Research Infrastructures’ abilities to observe the Earth System, particularly in developing and testing new sensor technologies, harmonizing observation methodologies and developing methods to overcome common problems associated with distributed remote observation networks.
Theme 2 “Data for Science” aims at generating common solutions for shared information technology and data related challenges of the environmental Research Infrastructures in data and service discovery and use, workflow documentation, data citations methodologies, service virtualization, and user characterization and interaction.
Develop harmonized policies for access (physical and virtual) for the environmental Research Infrastructures, including access services for the multidisciplinary users is the ultimate goal of Theme 3 “Access to Research Infrastructures”.
Theme 4 focusing on “Societal Relevance and Understanding” will investigate the interactions between Research Infrastructures and society. The team will find common approaches and methodologies how to assess the Research Infrastructures’ ability to answer the economical and societal challenges, develop ethics guidelines for Research Infrastructures and investigate the possibility to enhance the use Citizen Science approaches in Research Infrastructure products and services.
Theme 5 “Knowledge Transfer” will ensure the cross-fertilisation and knowledge transfer of new technologies, best practices, approaches and policies of the Research Infrastructures by generating training material for Research Infrastructure personnel to use the new observational, technological and computational tools and facilitate inter-Research Infrastructure knowledge transfer via a staff exchange program.
Finally, Theme 6 “Communication and Dissemination” will create Research Infrastructure communication and cooperation framework to coordinate activities of the environmental Research Infrastructures towards common strategic development, improved user interaction and interdisciplinary cross- Research Infrastructure products and services.