The five sub-projects (WP1–WP5) will coordinate and interact with each other, in order to ensure that MERRIC achieves the best possible results. It is the project manager's responsibility to ensure that the five projects make use of each other and are run in a coordinated manner. The list is to be reviewed at the end of each calendar year. The steering group may decide to terminate or continue existing sub-projects or to start new ones.
The project manager will coordinate the work packages and report progress to the steering group. The project manager is the contact person for both steering and reference group.
The organization of the project is shown below.
The MERRIC project will be financed through a combination of NGI's annual Research funding from The Research Council of Norway (RCN) and NGI's own contributions. The project Steering Committee, appointed by NGI, will therefore, and according to the mandate set up for these groups, function as the client for the project.
The group will elect its own chairperson, who will then set up and chair meetings in collaboration with the project manager. The project manager shall not be the chair of the steering group. The steering group's duties include:
- Responsibility for ensuring that the activities of the project are in accordance with NGI's strategies and are providing multidisciplinary synergies and training that will benefit NGI as a whole.
- To work with relevant heads of department, who may be invited to meetings if required.
- To assess and approve project schedules and schedule changes, including sub-projects, budgets, progress schedules and milestone plans.
- To provide support for the project manager on technical and administrative issues.
- To monitor the project and ensure that it is being run within agreed limits and guidelines
- To liaise with relevant heads of department to ensure that the project is receiving the necessary resources.
- To ensure that the project is evaluated when the SP comes to an end.
Members of the MERRIC Steering Committee are:
- Anders Solheim, Director for Natural Hazards market area at NGI (suggested leader of steering Group)
- Amy Oen, Senior specialist, NGI
- Thomas Langford, Head of Offshore geotechnics Section, NGI
- Guro Grøneng, Director for Building, Construction and Transportation market area at NGI
A reference group has been assembled by invited central professionals from organizations and institutes identified as potential users of the results developed within MERRIC. This both include end users and representatives from research. The purpose of the reference group is to provide feedback on project results and to suggest amendments or new important topic areas to focus on, based on their needs.
Members of the Reference Group:
- Heidi Eriksen, Oppland County, Norway
- Jim Bogen, NVE, The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate
- Hege Berg Thurmann, Oslo Harbour KF, Norway
- Geir Vatne, Bane Nor, Norwegian National Railway Infrastructure
- Trond Børresen, NMBU, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- David Fuhrmann, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
- Thor Ugelvig Petersen, DHI, Denmark
- Ton Peters, Deltares, The Netherlands
The proposed work within the work packages (WP) is summarized below. A more thorough description of the proposed work in WP 1-5 in 2017 as well as a coarse description of work in 2018 and 2019 is shown under the heading "Sub-projects" above.
WP0 - Project administration and general functions
0.1 Project administration
0.2 Meetings with reference group and steering group
WP1 - Modelling of erosion processes in rivers, at the coast and in mass movements
1.1 Review and recommendations for erosion mechanisms that should be studied in MERRIC and for modelling approaches that appear promising
1.2 Development of analytical and numerical models for erosion mechanism, based on findings in 1.1
WP2 - Mobility of sediments in complex topography
2.1 Implementation of sediment in HEC-RAS model, sections of Flomselvi and Gudbrandsdalen
2.2 Field assessment of sediments in Gudbrandsdalen
2.3 Debris flow, parameters and type sediments
WP3 - Coastal hydrodynamic processes
3.1 Modelling of storm surge erosion and sedimentation transport in Delft3D
3.2 Erosion caused by ship currents
WP4 - Monitoring, warning and non-physical mitigation measures
4.1 Identify parameters in WPs 1-3 that can be measured and monitored by remote sensing and/or measured and modelled by geophysical methods. And identify open methodological gaps (internationally/at NGI)
4.2 Select one (or several methods) to be improved over the course of first project year. And select test case (where possible in conjunction with a commercial project) and carry out proof-of-concept study.
WP5 - Dissemination and knowledge sharing
5.1 Dissemination of project results
5.2 Internal seminars for knowledge sharing, synergy and progress reporting
5.3 External seminars