LABORATORY OF PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT
School of Rural, Surveying & Geoinformatics Engineering (SRSGE)

On-going Projects

Members of GEO ENVI Lab participate in research programs. Indicative projects are listed:

International

Water, energy, food, and ecosystems (WEFE) are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (nexus) dominated by complexity and modulated by climatic and socio-economic drivers. Resource constraints, and their interconnectedness could hamper economic development, including optimal trade, market and policy solutions. Moreover, policy objectives tend to be developed with little consideration to multiple sectors, and policy implementation may change nexus characteristics, in turn affecting actor behaviour and policy formulation. NEXOGENESIS will develop and validate: (a) a coherent cross-sectoral policy-making framework at different scales addressing climate and socio-economic change, as well as stakeholder behavior and transboundary (diplomacy) issues, developed for and validated by stakeholders, policy makers, and academics; (b) a Self-Learning Nexus Assessment Engine (SLNAE) exploiting reinforcement learning, and supporting streamlining water-related policies into the WEFE nexus; (c) a WEFE Nexus Footprint, accompanying the SLNAE. NEXOGENESIS will apply its approach to four European and one case study in southern Africa. Through the case studies, strong stakeholder engagement and validation of output, NEXOGENESIS will improve policies and policy making processes to enhance cooperation and help the EU achieve targets related to the Water Framework Directive, the greener CAP, Green Deal ambitions, as well as ambitions on water diplomacy. NEXOGENESIS outcomes, both during and after the project, will have a major impact on advancing nexus understanding and governance, resulting in a more innovative and more competitive European Union regarding nexus policy-making, backed up by state-of-the-art evidence. NEXOGENESIS will continue to drive impact after the end of the funding period through dedicated outscaling and exploitation objectives to maximize future impacts and will bring project results to extended group of users via an innovative stakeholder engagement process.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (WEBSITE www.nexogenesis.eu, Grant agreement #: 101003881)

National

The CLIMPACT network seeks cooperation with the National Commission for Climate Change, with the Climate Change Impact Study Committee of the Bank of Greece but also with other relevant initiatives and actions. CLIMPACT aims to be a pole of valid and multifaceted expertise and an advisory body of the State and Society.

  • Immediate integration, harmonization, and optimization of existing climate services and early warning systems for climate change-related natural disasters in Greece, including supportive observations from relevant national infrastructures.
  • Creating a scientific core of research excellence to generate new knowledge on climate change, by supporting innovative studies (computational and experimental) to reduce uncertainties in climate models, as there is currently a core of outstanding Greek scientists involved active in climate change issues.
  • Establishment of an interdisciplinary consortium, which will act as the main advisory body for the State and the citizens on issues of climate change and its related effects. Through scientific excellence and innovative computer and measurement systems, the proposed flagship initiative aims to consolidate this consortium internationally as a scientific interlocutor equal to those of other countries. The initiative is anticipated to influence decision-making internationally both to climate change mitigation and to research-related topics on climate change.

The CLIMPACT network consisting of eleven emblematic, national, scientific bodies and more specifically the Academy of Athens, the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Hellenic Center for Marine Research, the National Center for Natural Sciences, the Natural Sciences Polytechnic, the University of Crete, the Technical University of Crete, the ATHENS Research Center and the National Center for Social Research, coordinated by the National Observatory of Athens, seek cooperation with the National Commission for Climate Change, with the Impact Study Committee of Greece but also with other relevant initiatives and actions in order to be a pole of valid and multifaceted expertise and an advisory body of the State and the Society.

(WEBSITE: https://climpact.gr/main/)

An information system for managing and visualizing data and information will be designed, implemented and evaluated, which will include a digital cartographic imaging mechanism. The proposed system will interconnect geospatial data, correlate public health data (disease patterns) with demographic, geospatial, environmental and climatic data and provide information on measurements, trends and analysis products for monitoring SARS-CoV-2, hepatitis, influenza viruses drugs and drugs. Its operation will upgrade the infrastructure of the Ministry of Health in matters of public health policy (eg pandemics, pharmaceutical policy, etc.) for the benefit of society as a whole.

Uptextile will be the basis for policy-making for textiles in the context of the circular economy at the national level, mainly in terms of separate collection in combination with innovative ways of informing and raising public awareness. The project focuses on the management of textiles in the context of the circular economy, a stream of municipal waste which is a priority for the EU towards Climate Neutrality.

The textile sector is considered to be the 4th most harmful sector in the environment in all stages of the supply chain, with the typical example that the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions. Based on the above, the project will promote actions that will strengthen efforts to reduce the landfill of textiles, promote the prevention, reuse and recycling in the context of the circular economy, and the creation of an Alternative Management System.

At the same time, the project will have a significant social impact, as it will help to improve the quality of life of citizens through the positive environmental impact, which has the prevention and reduction of waste but also in the development of culture and changing habits of citizens, for separate collection in the target groups, both textiles and in general.

The project will have a significant social and long-term economic impact, especially for companies active in the field of production, processing and marketing of textiles. The actions of the project respond to the need for a fair and inclusive transition to a circular economy, as they are also addressed to small and medium-sized enterprises in the framework of the pilot application, in order to inform them about the developments in the sector, the ways that will influence them and promote the creation of partnerships between companies in the various stages of the supply chain.

With the workshops of the live workshops and the event “UpTextile Fashion” it will be possible to achieve synergies between the teams from the field of production, sales, collection, repair and consumers, with the ultimate goal of resource efficiency and exploring the possibilities of synergy between the main sectors of the supply chain at local level.

In addition, the actions will raise the awareness of businesses and consumers about the environmental issues that arise around the textile sector. This can lead to the search and adoption of sustainable ways of production and marketing, for businesses but also sustainable consumption, for consumers, who will have the opportunity to get to know the businesses operating in their area and strengthen them with future markets. Finally, in the context of strengthening public policy, a Policy Paper will be created, with the possibilities and prospects of re-use and upcycling of textiles in Greece, which will significantly contribute to the national effort to strengthen prevention and re-use.

At the social level, in addition, the project’s contribution to the creation of new jobs in each partner (TAG GREEN, EDEM, NTUA) should be also considered and possibly at the level of associates of the Municipality as well as the additional amount of textile collection, expected due to implementation of the project.