Past and current projects

SustainableOS.international is the successor to the EnviroProjects Digital Initiative and is established to address the need for Open Solutions – using and promoting open source software, open standards, open data, and open access – to provide practicable, reproducible and transparent solutions to today's environmental and sustainable development challenges. The following summarises the projects conducted by SustainableOS' director over the last decade or so, many of which were conducted through collaboration with international partners in Asia and Africa.

International project management

Coastal Cities at Risk: Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities2011-2016: Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR): Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities. Funded by International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada. 

Objective: to develop the knowledge base and enhance the capacity of mega-cities to successfully adapt to and cope with risks posed by the effects of climate change, including sea level rise, in the context of urban growth and development. 
Websites: http://www.start.or.th/iriacc-project / http://www.coastalcitiesatrisk.org

GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network 2004-2010: International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IWLEARN). Funded by GEF/UNEP.

Objective:  to strengthen transboundary water management around the globe by collecting and sharing best practices, lessons learned, and innovative solutions to common problems.  Website: http://www.iwlearn.net

Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM)Sept 2010 - April 2012 Development/ implementation of online geospatial environmental catalogue of data and information: Okavango Collections . Funded by Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM).

Okavango Collections is the starting point for finding out about collections of information resources related to the Cubango-Okavango River Basin in Angola, Botswana and Namibia. Website: Okavango Collections can be accessed through the OKACOM institutional website: http://www.okacom.org

GIS and data analyses

Open Data Flood Mapping of Chao Phraya River Basin and Bangkok Metropolitan Region2013-2014: Open Data Flood Mapping of Chao Phraya River Basin and Bangkok Metropolitan Region. Research conducted as part of Coastal Cities at Risk project.

Aim: To examine the utility of open data for flood mapping of the Bangkok Metropolitan Region and Chao Phraya River basin. The region is particularly vulnerable to flooding, having experienced recurrent major flooding events, including the some of the most extensive and prolonged in 2011. Analyses applied GRASS GIS and GDAL utilities. 

Publications:
COOPER R.T. (2014) Open Data Flood Mapping of Chao Phraya River Basin and Bangkok Metropolitan Region. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 4(2). URL: http://www.sciencedomain.org/issue.php?iid=603&id=10.

COOPER R.T., CHEEWINSIRIWAT P., TRISIRISATAYAWONG I., MAROME W., NAKHAPAKORN K. (2014) Flood management in Bangkok: advancing knowledge and addressing challenges. International Conference on Flood Management, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 16-18 September 2014. URL: http://www.abrh.org.br/icfm6/proceedings/papers/PAP016221.pdf

2014 - 2016 Future climate model projections

Analyses based on using R and GRASS GIS. Publication: August 2016: Paper submitted and under review.

Climate change risk assessment and adaptation for loss and damage of urban transportation infrastructure (UTI) in Southeast Asia2015 - 2017 Climate change risk assessment and adaptation for loss and damage of urban transportation infrastructure in Southeast Asia

Aim: to enhance climate change adaptive capacity through cooperative research on assessing loss and damage for UTI, including development of practical guidelines for implementing adaptation measures and strategies in Southeast Asia coastal cities. Six cities (two cities per country) in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, will be selected for conducting rapid assessment.
URL: http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1951

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Online Community of Practice

 Establishing a Community of Practice for Delivering as OneDec 2010 - Apr 2011 Establishing a Community of Practice for Delivering as One

Objectives: A report detailing recommendations for strengthen UNEP’s capacity and mechanism to Deliver as One, and a Community of Practice for Delivering as One mechanism. Project outputs aimed at integrating environmental sustainability in the UNDAFs and the work of the UN Country Teams (UNCT). Setting up and managing a Community of Practice (CoP), and synthesising CoP discussions to produce a final report containing recommendations to strengthen Delivering as One within UNEP. 

Project and institutional online platforms

Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (main institutional site)

Nov 2012-Sept 2013. Development of the TGO Low Carbon Cities Knowledge Hub. Funded by Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO).

Objective: the TGO KH will be publicly accessible and contain information and learning resources relevant to the activities of the TGO, and incorporate an E-Library of TGO created content (see section below), as well as holding or linking to other information resources of municipal, provincial, national, regional and international importance (E-library). The target audiences of the TGO KH include government officials, non-governmental organisations, academics, planners, managers, and other climate change practitioners.

Link to site features

Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

May 2012 - June 2013 Development of the Ramsar Scientific Technical Review Platform.

Objective: The STRP Platform is a web-based tool with a user-friendly interface built around two main components: The STRP Portal (the public interface of the STRP) to access news, meeting calendar, finalized reports and Briefing Notes, STRP work plan and STRP draft material that requires input from a wider audience; The STRP Support Service - the password-protected work space for STRP’s internal communication and work that will be directly accessible from the Portal and includes document archiving and storage.

Link to site features

2010 - 2016 SEA START RCDevelopment of institutional website of the Southeast Asia START Regional Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  

GEF International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network

 Contributed to design and development of various online platforms under the GEF IWLEARN.NET project.

Static HTML archive of http://enviroprojects.org

 2011 - 2016 Forerunner of SustainableOS (see Archive).

The overall aim of the EnviroProjects Digital Initiative was to enhance environmental awareness though improved online access and communication of environmental data and information. This initiative is now superceeded by SustainableOS.

Online data/information sharing platforms

Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (institutional website)Nov 2012-Sept 2013. Online library for Low Carbon Cities Knowledge Hub. Funded by Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO).

Objective: online bilingual library (English and Thai) of national and international information resources relevant to supporting development of low carbon city initiatives. The library was built as part of the TGO contract: Development of the TGO Low Carbon City Knowledge Hub. It is based on the Plomino package within a plone content management system. Link to site features.


Okavango CollectionsSept 2010 - April 2012 Development/ implementation of online geospatial environmental catalogue of data and information: Okavango Collections . Funded by Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM).

Commissioned by the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM), Okavango Collections provides a searchable directory of collections of data, data sets, image archives, books, reports and other information available both in the region and in other parts of the world. Okavango Collections is the starting point for finding out about collections of information resources related to the Cubango-Okavango River Basin in Angola, Botswana and Namibia. OKACOM Secretariat has identified and updated relevant sources of information to ensure access to reliable and appropriate data to support researchers, planners and managers working in the Basin. In addition to providing an important environmental information service for the Cubango-Okavango region, Okavango Collections offers a model system for implementation elsewhere.

Okavango Collections is based on GeoNetwork Opensource, a standards-based and open source web catalogue, implementing international standards for metadata content and system interoperability. Its main features include a geospatial catalogue application, providing metadata editing and advanced search and discovery capabilities, and an integrated map viewer.

Okavango Collections can be accessed through the OKACOM institutional website: http://www.okacom.org

Publication:
COOPER R.T., MORRISON M. (2012) Okavango Collections: Sharing Environmental Information Resources of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin. International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research (IJSDIR) Vol 7. URL: http://ijsdir.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php/ijsdir/article/view/287

GEF IWLEARN2005-2010. Geospatial data sharing platform for IWLEARN project. Funded by GEF/UNEP.

Objective: online platform to share data sets developed as part of GEF IWLEARN project. The platform was based on GeoNetwork Opensource, the platform used by UN FAO and other organisations internationally.

GEFMay 2010. Preliminary evaluation of project tracking database. Global Environment Facility Evaluation Office.

Objective: compilation of activities and results of GEF projects in the seas of South East Asia. Based on Plone/Plomino open source applications.

UN FAOApril 2005. Asia-Pacific coastal management projects database. Funded by UN FAO.

Objective: development of GIS database of fisheries co-management project sites with standalone search tool/viewer.