Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is an independent, non-profit research organization, which brings together Latvian and foreign scientists, engineers, and practitioners who care for environment. IES creates ad-hoc multi-disciplinary teams to research and develop customized solutions for complex environmental problems.
IES has strong expertise in the application of combination of advanced airborne remote sensing and field research for environmental assessments and the management of natural resources. IES has developed a unique Airborne Surveillance and Environmental Monitoring System ARSENAL. It integrates eight mutually operable sensors which provide high quality data on the terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems, their structure, chemical composition and spatial characteristics.
IES is the principal contractor of the CyCLE. A holistic survey of the impacts of climate change on two lakes’ ecosystems will be carried out. The research will be focused on the consequences of blue-green algae blooming. To raise the awareness of the lake’s ecological situation and the impact of climate change on it, the project team will organize the communication and publicity activities for local municipalities, environmental professionals and broader society.
Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (LHEI) is a small scientific institute dedicated to basic and applied research of ecology and environmental problems mostly in the Baltic Sea. Most of LHEI work is focused on the Gulf of Riga and the Latvian part of the Baltic Proper, LHEI is also responsible for marine environmental monitoring. The main research areas: marine environmental monitoring; long-therm changes in the Baltic Sea; seasonal brackish plankton and benthic communities; vertical fluxes; toxic algae and algal toxins; etc.
As part of the CyCLE, LHEI will carry out the investigation of the demonstration lakes` physical and chemical characteristics; as well as the study of production and accumulation of blue-green algae toxins in the food chain. LHEI operates with accredited research laboratories and the studies are carried out by highly qualified ecotoxicology experts.
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