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Relations with other RIS of Pan-European interest


DANUBIUS-RI – in particular through its supersites – offers significant collaboration opportunities with other ESFRI Landmarks and Projects, as well as with other significant RI initiatives or projects.

  • LifeWatch ERIC -The protection of biological diversity is not only a goal of nature conservation but also is a basis of the life supporting ecosystem services. Data from the DANUBIUS-RI Supersites, competence and training should be made available to the LifeWatch ERIC virtual laboratories. On the other side, LifeWatch ERIC can provide knowledge on how to empower the range of e-services to be provided within DANUBIUS-RI.

  • PRACE - collaboration in concerning modelling activities, provision of computing time, construction of computing infrastructures particularly for the increase of the connectivity net (fibre) within the Supersite area.

  • EMSO ERIC – has been the first ESFRI Landmark to provide support to DANUBIUSRI, due to its very specific objectives. Thus, DANUBIUS-RI is seen as a connection between EMSO (marine observatories) and the upstream part of the water continuum, up towards the freshwater basins. This is one of the reasons why EMSO ERIC, with its experience and expertise, has been included as a partner in the DANUBIUS PP project.

  • ICOS ERIC has also given support to DANUBIUS-RI. Two Supersites either already have (Nestos) or plan to install (Danube Delta) atmospheric research towers, to have the connectivity with ICOS ERIC in areas where no information is now provided (coastal wetlands).

  • EPOS – which has given support to DANUBIUS-RI is a significant ESFRI distributed RI throughout Europe, providing extremely valuable information on the geodynamics, geology and geological structure and processes of the European territory. Under its umbrella, supplementary information on geodynamic processes in coastal wetlands, sediment sampling, etc will be provided via DANUBIUS-RI.

  • EMBRC ERIC is a RI project of major importance to DANUBIUS-RI in the understanding of genetic biodiversity of freshwater, transitional, but mainly coastal and marine organisms.

  • eLTER – regarding the watershed and transitional water environments. Both the Po Delta – Northern Adriatic Lagoons and Lake Lunz Supersites cover existing eLTER sites.

  • Tests with EUROARGO ERIC floats could be made on the marine part of RS continua to understand the water flow characteristics and contents at the deeper limit of RS interactions.

Even though not on the ESFRI Roadmap, there are possible connections between DANUBIUS-RI Supersites and other networks:

  • GEANT - in Supersites with Modelling Node activities.

  • AquaCosm – the network of mesocosm facilities – could provide best practice and standards for the development of Supersite mesocosms.

  • EUROFLEETS network is also of potential support, as services/ maintenance works / etc to the marine part of the supersites could be performed with ships from this alliance.

  • HYDRALAB network of hydraulic modelling facilities, with its focus on ecohydraulics and studies on climate change impacts on water (including ice), vegetation and sediment flows could become a key partner for DANUBIUS-RI in providing specific expertise and facilities.

  • DREAM – as Flagship Project of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region dealing with hydraulic engineering for the Danube River plans to have a large scale and “natural laboratory” as part of the Danube Delta Supersite. Draft ideas of cooperation already exist, as they have been developed during the FP7 DANCERS project and are presented in a dedicated book (Stanica et al., 2015).