WEISS is an information system aimed at mapping all relevant pollution caused by major emission sources and their pathways to the water bodies in a geographically detailed manner. WEISS supports monitoring, reporting, analyzing and assessing various abatement measures aimed at reducing the pollution of the water bodies.
Achieving a good status of the water bodies is far from simple, especially in highly urbanized and densely populated regions. Moreover, the increasing urban sprawl in Europe complicates the development of effective wastewater treatment systems. Integral water management requires measures for cost-effective improvement of the water quality. This is possible by monitoring the current water quality, but more efficiently by identifying and estimating the individual sources of pollution, so that targeted measures can be taken to mitigate or phase out the pollution.
WEISS provides answers to policy relevant questions such as:
WEISS investigates the location and size of sources of pollution as accurately as possible, as well as the routes along which the pollution reaches the surface water. Such data are to be gathered and reported in regional, national and European inventorying and registration systems, with a view to propose cost effective measures that contribute to the achievement of the specified environmental objectives.
WEISS manages data for among others the following (mandatory) reporting at EU-level:
WEISS assists in designing and implementing targeted reduction and phasing out measures with respect to priority and priority hazardous substances. It enables to:
WEISS is a user-friendly application that handles the bottom-up and/or top-down allocation and modelling of pollutants from point and diffuse sources to the surface waters. It models the amounts of pollutants emitted by the sources, models the pathways that the pollutants follow from the source to the surface waters, and produces reports with the totals per substance, per source, per node in the transportation routes, etc. Both the list of sources and substances represented can be extended or amended at any time.
Mapping, visualization, and analyses of results are possible at various levels of detail: per source or group of sources, per substance or group of substances, per node or group of nodes of the transportation routes, per raster cell, group of raster cells or administrative entities, ...
The WEISS system can be applied to areas of different size: from industrial or rural complexes to entire EU Member States or from small sub-catchments to large transnational river basins. But, most importantly, WEISS can be applied in data rich as well as data poor conditions. To the effect, it is equipped with a set of algorithms that can be applied under all circumstances. WEISS applications can thus start-up as fairly simple and coarse applications but evolve rapidly as new or better data become available.
WEISS features a number of functions, tools and domain models built on request for users such as Vlaamse Milieumaatshappij (VMM), Brussel Leefmilieu (BIM) / Bruxelles Environnement (IBGE) and Service Public de Wallonie (SPW-DGARNE) and Port of Antwerp.
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