TRAKT-2018: Transferable Knowledge and Technologies for High-Resolution Environmental Impact Assessment and Management

The majority of Nordic population is residing in complex urban environment. The concentrated emission of air pollutants, anthropogenic landscape and local climate modifications are lasting and have distant, often transboundary impact.


TRAKT-2018 working overview here.

TRAKT-2018 description at PEEX web site is here

The main objective of the project is to implement a novel advanced technology for the high-resolution environmental impact assessment. The technology consists of three integrated modules: (A) citizen observations and data fusion; (B) satellite remote sensing; (C) high-resolution urban modeling. The technology has been successfully demonstrated in Bergen (Norway) and Helsinki (Finland) with different technical realizations of the A-B-C components and data sources. It assures flexibility and transferability of the approach.

The proposed technology is a joint development of the project partners based on the accumulated knowledge and understanding of the specific environmental phenomena in the cold climate (stably stratified atmosphere, snow and ice processes, polar clouds, permafrost), which result in large errors and uncertainties when more general approaches are being regionalized.

The main demonstration case will be the Apatity-Kirovsk region (Murmansk Oblast) of Russia, where a high-resolution observational and environmental monitoring network were deployed since 2014 under auspices and with support of the Belmont Forum HIARC project. The main purpose of this technology is to support the sustainable city and land-use planning with quantitative analysis, environmental assessment and scenario modeling, including the high-resolution (urban) downscaling of the climate change and local socio-economic scenarios.


Intermediate objectives of the project are:

  1. Synchronize the latest state-of-the art knowledge and technology development among partners. Organized workshop will result in a report and a joint peer-review overview publication.
  2. Set up the analysis algorithms and models with geographical data (surface morphology, DEM, emission inventory) from the North West Russia, specifically, from the Apatity-Kirovsk area. Updated open data and parameter sets for the project and other user consortiums can be expected.
  3. Implement the proposed technology for the Apatity-Kirovsk area aiming for the historical (since 2000) environmental changes and local climate features. It results in testing and demonstration of the technology.
  4. Engage an undisclosed circle of end-users, decision-makers, stakeholders (from companies, city administrations, research groups) with the project through demonstration of the historical analysis. White papers on end-user needs and working routines will be prepared.
  5. Implement the proposed technology for impactful scenarios selected from the prepared white papers. Emphasis on the broad outreach activity to rise societal awareness about the novel technology of the optimal environmental management.
  6. Extend the technology to transboundary environmental impact and pollutant transport, incorporating simulations with a larger-scale meteorological model. Results would disclose the needs for international collaboration and cooperation for sustainable development.
  7. Increase capacity for dealing with ecological disasters and emergences through establishment of sustainable networks with partners and users, utilizing the documented experience with such networks in Bergen and Helsinki.

Project Summary

The project will be implemented in five steps (roughly taking a month each) with concrete deliverables at the end.


Step 1 (objectives 1,4,7):

Network building, exchange/ transfer and synchronization of knowledge between partners and end-users. Organization of workshop in St. Petersburg (NIERSC); identification of and contacts with end-users; set up of the project web-page, blog-wiki, twitter and data exchange services on; initiation of e-mail list exchange and common publication activity; listing of necessary data, tools, computer resources.

Deliverable: fully functional research network with web-based portal support.

(1a) initial workshop completed; (1b) end-users identified;  (1c) concrete implementation plan agreed


The report version 1.2 [report] [ANNEX 1a] [ANNEX 1b]

The implementation plan [working version]

The project workshop took place 22-24 January 2018 in St. Petersburg (NIERSC). Materials of the starting workshop here.

News about the workshop were available at the NERSC Facebook, Twitter and at the PEEX sites. The PEEX site also lists the project here.

Preparation of documents to NEFCO:

  • Partner agreements with UHEL/INAR, KSC, SRCES, NIERSC
  • Letters of Social Responsibility (ANNEX 7): NERSC, UHEL/INAR, KSC, SCES, NIERSC
  • Letter of Legal Opinion, FirmaAttest, Bank account confirmation with NERSC 

Analysis periods

1) 8-14 January 2016 (described in a submitted paper as Case 5; COSMO simulations are completed)

2) 18-24 January 2016 (described in a submitted paper as Case 6; COSMO simulations are completed)

3) 25-29 December 2017

4) 9 - 11 January 2018

5) 23 - 24 January 2018 (this case is the most smooth in temperature variations)

6) 31 January - 3 February 2018 

The area for TRAKT-2018 case study

Since our study is multiscale, there are three nested areas of interest (not including the regional and trans-boundary aspect). If preliminary runs will show that we have enough computational resources to run for (1) larger area, (2) Kirovsk, (3) Monchegorsk, we will do this. Still, our main goal to demonstrate joint use of models, in situ data and remote sensing data but not to serve many areas.