Institutul Național de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Delta Dunării, Tulcea, România

Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, Tulcea, Romania

INCDDD is a research autonomous legal entity organization and a non-profit organization having a number of employees smaller than 250, an annual turnover smaller than 50 million euro and the total balance sheet is smaller than 43 million euro. INCDDD carries out basic and applied research to scientifically support the management in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and other wetlands of national and international importance for the biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The main activity: evaluation of structure and function of the aquatic ecosystems; monitoring of the biological diversity and environmental factors; modelling the processes that are the basis of ecosystem functioning are focused on implementing the international environmental conventions in Romania; consultancy for harmonizing the Romania’s legislation with the EU policy related to environmental protection; strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of the natural resources (fish, vegetation, game and landscape); assessment and reduction of the human impact; restoration and rehabilitation of the ecosystems that have been injured by the negative human activity. INCDDD has databases with elements of the following issues: cyanobacteria, phytoplankton, chlorophyll a, algal biomass.

INCDDD activities in the H2020 CyanoAlert project

The Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development – Tulcea (INCDDD) will collect in situ data to validate the information provided from satellite through our sampling activities performed in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (Romania). We will integrate the information into our monitoring database, and assist in the usability assessment of the service platform. We will also assist with promoting the service with the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority and other regional decision-makers in Romania through organising a user workshop.

INCDDD and its responsibilities in the Danube Delta region

The Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development – Tulcea (INCDDD) is an autonomous, legal, governmental research-entity located in Romania. The INCDDD main objectives include the development of fundamental and applied research to provide scientific background for the management and protection of Romanian wetlands of national and international importance, aiming at biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of these areas. INCDDD works closely with local, regional or national decision makers and reports to the central state authorities for environment protection the status of Romanian wetlands and their natural resources.

INCDDD study area

Due its diversity in species and natural habitats, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is one of the most important wetland from Europe. Being at the end of the Danube river (with a catchment area covering at about 8% of the continental Europe), the region is affected by anthropogenic eutrophication and cyanobacteria blooms. The cyanobacteria biomass increases in summer, its development being strongly influenced by the flood pulse, presence of floating reedbeds and aquatic vegetation, and the hydrological connection between lakes. The lakes from Rosu-Puiu and Isac-Uzlina lake complexes and the Razim-Sinoe lagoonary area are the most affected by cyanobacteria blooms.

INCDDD use of information provided from the service

The Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development – Tulcea expects that the information will be used to supplement our routine in situ monitoring programme, for reporting and scientific investigations in our institute, respectively as the basis for issuing warnings for bathers of the risk posed by cyanobacteria blooms.

INCDDD study area benefit from the information provided by the service

The information service will fill information gaps in current monitoring programmes for cyanobacteria and eutrophication, and we hope will improve the understanding and knowledge of cyanobacteria and algal blooms in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.

Sentinel satellites overpass schedule for the INCDDD validation sites (during 2017-2019)

Note that each calendar represents a region, and several water bodies are referred to in the calendar item property ‚location‘. The map link provided thereafter will however only display one of these water bodies.

Brockmann Geomatics

Odermatt & Brockmann

Brockmann Consult


Space Based Cyanobacteria Information & Services


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730141.


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