DiMark Transnational Network for Linking Digital Earth Observation to Freshwater Markers for Better Understanding of Water-connected Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Prevention in Alpine Region



  • 2021 – 2027
  • Climate resilient and green Alpine region
  • SO 1.1 - Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system based approaches
    • 2.342.224 EUR
    • 1.590.933 EUR


    National Institute of Biology (Lead partner)
    • Lead partner
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
    • Ljubljana
    Slovenian Environment Agency
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
    • Ljubljana
    University of Innsbruck
    • Austria
    • Tirol (AT33)
    • Innsbruck
    Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety
    • Austria
    • Wien (AT13)
    • Wien
    Edmund Mach Foundation
    • Italy
    • Provincia Autonoma di Trento (ITH2)
    • San Michele all’Adige (TN)
    Regional Agency for Environmental Protection and Prevention of Veneto
    • Italy
    • Veneto (ITH3)
    • Padova
    National Research Council
    • Italy
    • Campania (ITF3)
    • Napoli
    University of Konstanz
    • Germany
    • Freiburg (DE13)
    • Konstanz
    French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment
    • France
    • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
    • Thonon les Bains
    E-institute, institute for comprehensive development solutions
    • Slovenia
    • Vzhodna Slovenija (SI03)
    • Ptuj
    Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
    • Switzerland
    • Zürich (CH04)
    • Zürich
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    • Alpine meta-data set of freshwater markers

      Three data series types (traditional, eDNA, and remote satellite observations) from diverse Alpine lakes will be harmonised in the form of meta-data set. This unique meta-data set of important freshwater markers (e.g. turbidity, pigments) will serve as a much-needed starting point for linking different data sets and enabling correlations inside DiMark Transnational Network for linking digital Earth observation to freshwater markers, and will be available to interested stakeholders.

    • Pilot actions

      DiMark project will test/validate 2 transnationally developed tools: visualisation tool (O.2.2) as well as risk model (O.2.3) within joint pilot action, which will enable co-development from tools to solutions. The partnership identified 6 key pilot lakes (2 crossborder lakes and 4 other key lakes, presenting the focal point for joint testing and stakeholder activities). In addition, in 50-100 lakes, specific aspects of tools will be tested on a larger scale considering Alpine lakes' diversity.

    • Visualisation tool with maps

      This solution is an online visualisation tool with maps of the Alpine area for inspecting/comparing the state of waters based on key freshwater markers. This ready-to-use solution will be co-developed; initially set by academia (D.2.2.1) and repeatedly tested by all PP (focusing on policy PP, providing valuable feedback on lake managers perspective), resulting in O2.2. Tool will support also EUSALP AG6 and AG6-led cross-cutting priority.

    • Model for cyanorisk-prevention

      Model for cyano risk-prevention will enable sustainable management of lakes with minimising health risk. It can be used individually or together with visual. tool (O.2.2.) for a broader understanding of lake state. Also this solution will be co-developed, initially set by academia and repeatedly tested by all PP, focusing on policy PP needs/feedback. It will contribute to EUSALP AG1 (by innovative CC adaptation measures) and AG8 (by natural hazard of cyanotoxins and their risk management).

    • DiMark TRANSNATIONAL NETWORK for Linking Digital Earth Observation to Freshwater Markers

      This network will be composed of lake managers, decision-makers, practitioners and academia experts to: (i) ensure validated data on Alpine lakes water quality, (ii) advise policymakers with appropriate mitigation/prevention actions addressing acute problems; e.g. eutrophication, water availability, cyanoblooms, & (iii) improve transnational science-policy communication. Runs in parallel with pilot actions (O.2.1) where all involved can voice concerns/expectations about solutions (O.2.2 & 2.3).

    • Transnational strategy on using satellite-based tools for freshwater management

      In the frame of DiMark Network (O.3.1), the strategy will be prepared for achieving common Alpine strategic guidance on tackling lake-related issues by using developed solutions and proposing prevention/mitigation measures (linked to EUASALP AG1, 5, 6 & 8). The strategy will also consider information exchange and a common approach to the (inter)national/regional governments and decision-makers. Letters of commitment (at least 6) will be signed by relevant parties to ensure long-term cooperation.