The E²STORMED DST as a tool for future scientists

On June 16th 2015 a group of undergraduate students at the American College of Greece – DEREE, following the environmental studies course on Ecosystems and Biodiversity, were introduced to the E2STORMED DST as a main outcome of the project. The students as part of the environmental studies course are using lab facilities in which they perform several experiments. As part of their class on water resources and energy efficiency, they were introduced to the E2STORMED DST by the course instructor Dr. Stella Apostolaki, technical expert for the Municipality of Hersonissos, in an effort to familiarize themselves with scientific tools and models as instruments to assist their research and to inform decision making.

After the DST was presented to them, they had the chance to explore its functions on their own as part of their daily lab exercise. The tool was uploaded on the lab computers and students were encouraged to formulate and run their own scenarios. They responded to the lab activity with enthusiasm and provided their opinion on the usefulness of the tool. The tool was overall characterized as user friendly, with nice graphic design, and very helpful in decision making, as it provides the opportunity of testing numerous scenarios and infrastructure options, while it allows for results produced based on several variables chosen according to conditions. They were particularly impressed by the multi-criteria analysis and the possibility to choose amongst a big variety of criteria.