Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector

Water scarcity and water quality are important issues in urban areas across Europe and beyond. New technology or management approaches to tackle these issues are needed. Those approaches are more likely to turn into real innovations that are actually implemented and taken up by the market if there is evidence of their benefits or added value in economic, environmental and societal terms. Therefore, a method to prove the value of new solutions is needed too. DESSIN demonstrates and promotes innovative solutions for water scarcity and water quality / the implementation of the Water Framework directive (WFD) and shows the value of those solutions for the water sector and society by also demonstrating a methodology for the valuation of ecosystem services (ESS) as catalyser for innovation. By this twofold approach, DESSIN will be able to demonstrate how innovative solutions in the water cycle can increase the value of the services provided by freshwater ecosystems, enabling a more informed selection of the most promising solutions in regards to their impact on the water body and their economic implications.

I-SENSE role in DESSIN entails the development ofwer-mining software and hardware platform for the demonstration site in Athens. The platform will orchestrate, process and visualize the data recorded and measured by the field sensors and provide support for the application decision systems. I-SENSE will develop an integrated communication solution based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Sensor Web Enablement protocols which will link local events to the operations centre.