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Research projects


COST – European procedures for flood frequency estimation (FloodFreq).

Chair of the action: Dr Thomas Kjeldsen

Management committee member form WULS-SGGW: Prof. Kazimierz Banasik

Source of funding: ESF

Duration of the project: 29/07/2009-28/10/2013

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The main objective is to undertake a pan-European comparison and evaluation of methods for flood frequency estimation under the various climatologic and geographic conditions found in Europe, and different levels of data availability. This Action undertakes a pan-European comparison and evaluation of different methods for flood frequency estimation under the various climatologic and geographic conditions found in Europe, and different levels of data availability. A scientific framework for assessing the ability of these methods to predict the impact of environmental change (climate change, land-use and river engineering works) on future flood frequency characteristics (flood occurrence and magnitude) will be developed and tested. The availability of such procedures is crucial for the formulation of robust flood risk management strategies as required by the Directive of the European Parliament on the assessment and management of floods. The outputs from FloodFreq will be disseminated to: academics, professionals involved in operational flood risk management from private and public institutions, and relevant policy makers from national and international regulatory bodies. This Action enables cooperation between researchers involved in nationally funded research projects to, thereby enabling testing of methods free from the constraints of administrative boundaries, and allowing a more efficient use of European flood research funding.

COST - MEGAPROJECT: The Effective Design and Delivery of Megaprojects in the European Union .

Chair of the action: Professor Naomi Brookes

Management committee member form WULS-SGGW: Prof. Kazimierz Banasik

Source of funding: ESF

Duration of the project: 17/01/2011- 15/05/2015

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Megaprojects are extremely large-scale investment projects that typically cost more than EUR 0.5 billion. Megaprojects are united by their extreme complexity (both in technical and human terms) and by a long record of poor delivery. Their inability to be designed appropriately and delivered on time and to budget has profound implications not only for the construction organisations delivering them but also for the client organisations commissioning them (which are often governments spending public money.) This Action seeks to bring together multi-disciplinary researchers from across COST Countries to tackle the issues of megaproject design and delivery. The Action will produce immediate guidelines to influence practice and a framework to guide future decisions on resourcing EU research in megaproject design and delivery.

COST – Assessment of EUROpean AGRIculture WATer use and trade under climate change (EURO-AGRIWAT).

Chair of the action: Dr Anna Dalla Marta

Management committee member form WULS-SGGW: Dr Leszek Hejduk

Source of funding: ESF

Duration of the project: 02/01/2012 – 17/04/2016

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The COST Action EURO-AGRIWAT will focus on the assessment of water footprint (WF) and virtual water trade (VWT) of key food and no-food agricultural products, including their uncertainties, as well as scenarios concerning WF and VWT under future climatic conditions. The use of advanced tools and data such as remote sensing, updated climatic databases, climatic projections/scenarios and agrometeorological models represents the base of the activity. The use of such instruments will allow a detailed analysis of interactions between crops, climate and management that will be taken into account in the WF assessment. An important component of the Action will be the preparation and dissemination of recommendations and guidelines for enabling a more efficient water resource management in relation with agricultural activities under climate change and variability. The framework of a COST Action represents the most suitable way for facing the outstanding and multi-faceted problem of sustainable water use, being characterized by a non-competitive and interdisciplinary environment of high scientific level. These features will allow a collaboration between scientists and stakeholders and the development of common strategies to broaden the available research expertise.

COST – Spectral Sampling Tools for Vegetation Biophysical Parameters and Flux Measurements in Europe.

Project manager: dr Jarosław Chormański

Project coordinator: dr Loris Vescovo – Fondazione Edmund Mach-CRI, Trento, Italy

Source of funding:

Duration of the project:  11.2009 – 05.2013

The main objective of the Action is to develop common protocols and new instruments for optical measurements, bringing together scientists and industries in order to increase the reliability, value and cost-efficiency of the existing spectral observations within the European flux network. The Action will focus entirely on the optical sampling strategies, which can be considered a fundamental tool in monitoring Biophysical Parameters (BP) and which act as a bridge between the flux tower and the remote sensing community. The objectives are also to standardize ground spectroradiometric measurements, to analyze the limits and opportunities of the current tools, to introduce a new low cost sensor to continuously monitor BP, and to facilitate interdisciplinary science collaborations between the optical sampling, remote sensing and flux tower scientific communities. Development of common measurement methodologies, data management systems, and metadata protocols will make a significant contribution to the European research community.”


Prediction and the reduction of diffuse pollution, solid emision and extreme flows from rural areas.

Project manager: prof. dr hab. inż. Kazimierz Banasik

Source of fundingNorwegian Financial Mechanism, EEA Financial Mechanism in Poland, Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Duration of the project25.08.2008-30.04.2011

The aims of this project are: the analysis of hydrological processes in agricultural catchment including rainfall- runoff-sediment transport- nutrients transport leading to mathematical description (mathematical model); practical use of received description (mathematical model) for prediction purpose in changeable environment (as results of stock change and climate change as well); elaboration of nutrient concentration reduction from agricultural areas; reduction of flood flow and sediment flow and determination of their impact on good quality status of Nature 2000 areas and/or designed to net Nature 2000. One of the most important actions of the project is the field investigations necessary for designing and verifications of procedures as well as mathematical models of the processes and for demonstration purposes. The field investigations will be carried out on two catchments: one Zagożdżonka river catchment where the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Recultivation have been conducting the hydrological investigations for 40 years and Zwoleńka river catchment.  The pointed rivers are the left bank inflows of the Vistula river with the springs on Radom plains. The Zagożdżonka river flows mainly through Kozienicki Landscape Park and the Zwoleńka valley (with no hydrological investigations) are Nature 2000 are in her downstream part.


Analysis of changes of hydrological regime of rivers in Central and EasternEurope due to impact of anthropogenic factors and climate changes at river basin area.

Project manager: dr Jarosław Chormański

Project coordinator: prof. dr hab. Jerzy Jeznach

Source of funding: MSHE

Duration of the project:  14.01.2010 – 13.09.2011

The aim of the proposed cooperation is an analysis of changes of river flow regimes in relation to substantial human activities influencing these rivers like: agriculture with irrigation and non-point pollution, domestic water supply and sewage disposal, industrial water demand and pollution, hydrotechnics (flood mitigation, reservoir operation and energy production) and recreation.   Contemporary tendencies and visions on water resources management, which are aimed at sustainable development and protection of water and valley ecosystems requires search for better and more profound understanding of all interaction process involved and for methods allowing for recognition and evaluation of actual situation and for forecasting of future changes. It will allow for effective implementation of integrated water resources management in basin scale instead of present-day activities in single catchments. In order to achieve the assumed project objective following research program will be executed. It will base on comparative study of two river basins situated in partner countries. These pilot study basins consist of Don River from Russia and Vistula River from Poland. Both are big rivers under similar temperate continental climate conditions and with similar mixed rainfall-snowmelt river fed systems. At the same time both chosen river systems include the sections with minimum human impact on catchment and river valley as well as those which are significantly altered by above described human activities. Comparative study will consist of: analysis of the dynamics in water levels, stream discharges, sediments of the river and adjacent wetlands in the river sections containing of minimum 50 years of observation data and located in places significant either for ecological points of view or for human activities; analysis of river basin and river valley development in order to asses in quantitative form the stage of man made transformation in comparison with natural stage; identification of hydraulic structures on the technical level as well as part of the river basin management plan; evaluation of ecological values of the river system and riparian wetlands which strongly depends on flooding regime or river continuity.

Water scenarios for Europe and for neighbuoring states GOCE 36822.

Project manager: dr hab. eng. Tomasz Okruszko, prof. SGGW

Source of funding: 6 FP EU

Duration of the project:  01.11.2006-31.10.2010

The SCENES is a 4-year project developing and analysing a set of comprehensive scenarios of Europe’s freshwater futures up to 2025, covering all of “Greater” Europe reaching to the Caucasus and Ural Mountains, and including the Mediterranean rim countries of north Africa and the near East.These scenarios will provide a reference point for long-term strategic planning of European water resource development, alert policymakers and stakeholders about emerging problems, and allow river basin managers to test regional and local water plans against uncertainties and surprises which are inherently imbedded in a longer term strategic planning process.


Biodiversity protection of Red Bog (Czerwone Bagno) – the relict of fraised bogs in Central Europe.

Project manager: dr hab. eng. Tomasz Okruszko, prof. SGGW

Source of funding: Norwegian Financial Mechanism, EEA Financial Mechanism in Poland, Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Duration of the project: 01.01.2007-31.12.2010

The purpose of the Project is to study the ecological relations in the Red Bog peatland area which determine raised and transitional bogs’ biodiversity, with the overall objective of supporting the Environmental protection policy in NATURA 2000 areas. Reference is made to the application, dated 26 June 2006, and additional information provided in correspondence with the Focal Point, dated 28 August 2006. The completed Project shall include the following activities and results: – Documentation of existing state of the system; – Protection strategy formulation; – Ecological relations studies; – GIS database system; – Information to the general public about values of Red Bog; – Training of employees of the National Park in the use of all software created for the Project. The Project Promoter is Warsaw Agricultural University, Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Science. The Project is based on a partnership between the Polish partners Warsaw Agricultural University (Project coordinator), Biebrza National Park (coordinator of field work), Institute for Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming, Mammal Research Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, and the Norwegian partner Jordforsk (Norwegian Centre for Soil and Environmental Research). The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education shall provide at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.


Abatement measures to counteract water pollution co-operation in the transboundary Bug river basin.

Project manager: prof. dr hab. eng. Józef Mosiej

Source of funding: Swedish Institute (SI)

Duration of the project: 01.07.2007 – 30.06.2010

Project „Abatement measures to counteract water pollution – co-operation in the transboundary Bug river basin” is financed by Swedish Institute within Visby Program. Project is coordinated by prof Gunno Renman from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Partner institutions are from Poland (WULS-SGGW), Belarus and Ukraine. The main goal of the project is to establish cooperation and platform form increasing research activity and knowledge exchange between partner countries in the field of integrated water management for Bug river water quality improvement.

Investigation on sediment and nutrients transport in the catchment`s scale.

Project manager: dr eng. Leszek Hejduk

Source of funding: Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Duration of the project05.12.2007-04.12.2010

Research project is connected with European Cooperation in the Field Of Scientific and Technical Research- COST in a framework of Action 869 entitled Mitigation Option for Nutrient Reduction in Surface Water and Groundwaters. The aim of investigations is the analysis of pollution transport processes from rural areas to stream in scope of the catchment. The range of investigations covers chosen nutrients concentration in river for better recognition of sediment/nutrient transport relations, nutrient concentrations in chosen topsoil in the catchment, analysis of chosen nutrients concentration in river during wet and dry period and measure of chosen hydro-meteorological parameters. Gathered data with historical ones, allow to apply one of the models (for example AGNPS, SWAT) for prediction of hot spots in the catchment. The investigations will be carried on in the Zagożdżonka river catchment on the edge of Kozienicki forest at the chosen measuring profiles. The catchment is characteristic for middle Poland and the existence of sigificant data base for this catchment, allows applying chosen model.


Identification of the environmental flows in the Narew river and its tributaries.

Project manager: M.Sc. Mikołaj Pniewski

Source of funding:

Duration of the project01.04.2009-31.01.2011

The project’s main objective is to adapt the methodology of environmental flows assessment to the conditions of a large lowland catchment in Poland. This revised methodology will be applied in the case study of the Narew river with its tributaries. One of the approaches of assessing the river flow conditions is by environmental flow indices. This novel technique which has been essentially developed by CEH Wallingford (main project partner) over the recent years still needs to be adapted to rivers in Central Eastern Europe. The Narew river situated in the north-east of Poland has been chosen as a good reference site for this application due to its high natural value.

Development of the method for reconstruction of primary hydrological conditions in Kampinos National Park in the order to restrain nature degradation and improvement of biodiversity status.

Project manager: prof. dr hab. eng. Stefan Ignar

Source of fundingNorwegian Financial Mechanism, EEA Financial Mechanism in Poland, Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Duration of the project01.07.2008-31.03.2011

The purpose of the Project is to elaborate the decision support system for optimal management of wetland areas (metamodel), with the overall objective to increase biodiversity. Reference is made to the application dated 31 October 2007 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point. The completed Project shall include the following activities and results: – Present status assessment – Target state determination – The identification of limitations for assumed environmental values for target state – Methods of achieving the aim and the estimation of results – Environmental and technical assumptions of restoration works – Project management and publicity The Project Promoter is Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with Institute of Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming in Falenty (Poland), Warsaw University (Poland), Lodz University (Poland), Polish Office of Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe -REC (Poland), Oslo University (Norway) and Kampinos National Park (Poland). The Focal Point shall ensure that the Ministry of Science and Higher Education provides at least 15 percent of the eligible project costs.


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