In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.

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2014 | Action Number: TD1309

The Challenge of a Research Network on Play for Children with Disabilities

Article published by Action Chair TD1309 Serenella Besio and Management Committee substitute Dr Marco Carnesecchi, on the occasion of the Third Annual International Conference on  Early Childhood Care and Education  held in Moscow (2013).

IC0805 publication cover

2014 | Action Number: IC0805

High-Performance Computing on Complex Environments

With recent changes in multicore and general-purpose computing on graphics processing units, the way parallel computers are used and programmed has drastically changed. It is important to provide a comprehensive study on how to use such machines written by specialists of the domain.

This book provides recent research results in high-performance computing on complex environments, information on how to efficiently exploit heterogeneous and hierarchical architectures and distributed systems, detailed studies on the impact of applying heterogeneous computing practices to real problems, and applications varying from remote sensing to tomography.

The content spans topics such as Numerical Analysis for Heterogeneous and Multicore Systems; Optimization of Communication for High Performance Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Platforms; Efficient Exploitation of Heterogeneous Architectures, Hybrid CPU+GPU, and Distributed Systems; Energy Awareness in High-Performance Computing; and Applications of Heterogeneous High-Performance Computing.

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2014 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3)

COST Action TU1001 on Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3) ends its Annual Discussion Papers with this volume offering in total 22 Country Profiles and 45 Case Studies encouraging cross-comparisons. Once again readers are challenged to answer the "why", "what", "who" and "which-way" issues of Public Private Partnerships in transport and wonder about their evolution.

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2014 | Action Number: E50

The Biology of Reaction Wood

The book is a fundamental reference source on reaction wood for wood scientists and technologists, plant biologists, silviculturists, forest ecologists, and anyone involved in the growing of trees and the processing of wood. It brings together our current understanding of all aspects of reaction wood, and is the first book to discuss both compression wood and tension wood.

Trees produce reaction wood to maintain the vertical orientation of their stems and the optimum angle of each branch. They achieve this by laying down fibre cell walls in which differences in physical and chemical structure from those of normal fibres are expressed as differential stresses across the stem or branch. This process, while of obvious value for the survival of the tree, causes serious problems for the utilisation of timber. Timber derived from trees containing significant amounts of reaction wood is subject to dimensional instability on drying, causing twisting, bending and splitting. It is also difficult to work as timber, and for the pulp and paper industry the cost of removing the increased amount of lignin in compression wood is substantial. This has both practical and economic consequences for industry.

Understanding the factors controlling reaction wood formation and its effect on wood structure is therefore fundamental to our understanding of the adaptation of trees to their environment and to the sustainable use of wood.

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2014 | Action Number: 735

Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions of Gases and Particles

  • Pages: 315
  • Author(s): Edited by Peter S. Liss and Martin T. Johnson
  • Publisher(s): Springer Open
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-642-25642-4
  • State-of-the-art account of the exchange of matter between ocean and atmosphere
  • Coherent synthesis of the topic of matter exchange by leading international experts
  • Covers the implications of exchange to marine / atmospheric chemistry, climate and Earth-system science 

The oceans and atmosphere interact through various processes, including the transfer of momentum, heat, gases and particles. In this book leading international experts come together to provide a state-of-the-art account of these exchanges and their role in the Earth-system, with particular focus on gases and particles.  Chapters in the book cover: i) the ocean-atmosphere exchange of short-lived trace gases; ii) mechanisms and models of interfacial exchange (including transfer velocity parameterisations); iii) ocean-atmosphere exchange of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide; iv) ocean atmosphere exchange of particles and v) current and future data collection and synthesis efforts. The scope of the book extends to the biogeochemical responses to emitted / deposited material and interactions and feedbacks in the wider Earth-system context.  

This work constitutes a highly detailed synthesis and reference; of interest to higher-level university students (Masters, PhD) and researchers in ocean-atmosphere interactions and related fields (Earth-system science, marine / atmospheric biogeochemistry / climate).  Production of this book was supported and funded by the EU COST Action 735 and coordinated by the International SOLAS (Surface Ocean- Lower Atmosphere Study) project office.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Methods for Analyzing Social Media

Social media is becoming increasingly attractive for users. It is a fast way to communicate ideas and a key source of information. It is therefore one of the most influential mediums of communication of our time and an important area for audience research. The growth of social media invites many new questions such as: How can we analyze social media? Can we use traditional audience research methods and apply them to online content? Which new research strategies have been developed? Which ethical research issues and controversies do we have to pay attention to? This book focuses on research strategies and methods for analyzing social media and will be of interest to researchers and practitioners using social media, as well as those wanting to keep up to date with the subject. 

This book was originally published as a special issue of the  Journal of Technology in Human Services .

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2014 | Action Number: BM1001

Brain Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease

The interaction of cells with the extracellular matrix (ECM) determines their polarity, their shape, form and is providing cues for survival and proliferation. The brain, in comparison with other organs, shows an extremely complex architecture, in which neurons, glial cells and blood vessels are interacting to create and maintain a dynamic network, in which beneficial synaptic connections needs to be actively maintained and other remodelled in response to changes in signalling input.

Similar to other organ systems, cell-cell interactions based on direct contacts via cadherins and signalling receptors, as well as cell-matrix interactions are controlling the organisation of glial cells and neurons, as well as the projections of neurites and location of synapses. All these structures are embedded within an ECM scaffold formed by fiber- or network-forming proteins and membrane-anchored or secreted glycosaminoglycans. This volume is about normal physiological functions of neural ECM, its role in brain diseases, development of methods to image the ECM and therapeutically target it, and to generate artificial neural ECM.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0802

Global Governance of Genetic Resources: Access and Benefit Sharing after the Nagoya Protocol

This book analyses the status and prospects of the global governance of Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) in the aftermath of 2010’s Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The CBD’s initial 1992 framework of global ABS governance established the objective of sharing the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources fairly between countries and communities. Since then, ABS has been a contested issue in international politics – not least due to the failure of effective implementation of the original CBD framework. The Nagoya Protocol therefore aims to improve and enhance this framework. Compared to the slow rate of progress on climate change, it has been considered a major achievement of global environmental governance, but it has also been coined a ‘masterpiece of ambiguity’. This book analyses the role of a variety of actors in the emergence of the Nagoya Protocol and provides an up-to-date assessment of the core features of the architecture of global ABS governance.

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2014 | Action Number: IS0801

Cyberbulling through the new media

  • Pages: 320
  • Author(s): Edited by Peter K Smith and Georges Steffgen
  • Publisher(s): Psychology Press (Taylor & Francis Group)
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This important new book is the result of a four-year international collaboration, funded by the EU, to better understand how we can cope and confront cyberbullying, and how new media technologies can be used to actually support the victims of such abuse. The articles initially define the historical and theoretical context to cyberbullying, before examining key issues involved in managing this pervasive phenomenon.

The book concludes with practical guidance to help confront the trauma that cyberbullying can cause. It will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, policy makers and administrators with an interest in how children and young people are rendered vulnerable to bullying and harassment through a variety of online channels.

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2014 | Action Number: A35

Wealth and Poverty in European Rural Societies from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century

This book sheds new light on old problems of wealth, poverty and material culture in rural societies. Much of the debate has concentrated on north-west Europe and the Atlantic world.  This volume widens the geographic range to compare less well known areas, with case studies on the Mediterranean world (Catalonia and Greece), from central Europe (Bohemia and Hungary), and from the Nordic countries (Denmark). 

Methodologically, several papers link the possession of goods to the use of room space, while others highlight the importance of the channels for the circulation of goods, problems of stocks and flows of goods, and the complexities of urban/rural difference.  Finally, this book seeks to stimulate new comparative studies in living standards and lifestyles by providing an overview of achievements up till now.

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2014 | Action Number: ES0907

Dating, synthesis, and interpretation of palaeoclimatic records and model-data integration: advances of the intimate project (integration of ice core, marine and terrestrial records, COST Action ES0907)

  • Pages: 330
  • Author(s): Sune Olander Rasmussen, Achim Brauer, Ana Moreno and Didier Roche
  • Publisher(s): Elsevier
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Since 2010, the INTIMATE (INTegration of Ice-core, MArine and TErrestrial records) network has been operating as a COST Action (designated ES0907). This paper outlines the accomplishments of the INTIMATE COST Action in the context of how the INTIMATE ideas have evolved during the network's twenty-year life span, and highlights a number of challenges that can guide further work. In the second part of the paper, the contributions that compromise this INTIMATE special issue are introduced.

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2014 | Action Number: MP0805

Novel gain materials and devices based on III-V-N/Bi compounds

  • Author(s): Prof. Ayse Erol, Prof. Mircea Guina, Prof. Naci Balkan, Prof. Xavier Marie, Prof. Dr. Mark Hopkinson, Prof. Judy Rorison, Prof. Cetin Arikan (Eds.)
  • Publisher(s): Springer Open
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This special issue of Nanoscale Research Letters contains articles based on talks given at the  Final Meeting of COST Action MP0805 , Novel Gain Materials and Devices Based on III-V-N/Bi Compounds, held in Istanbul, TURKEY during 24-26 September 2013.

COST Action MP0805  has been structured by four working groups with 20 COST countries and 1 Non-COST country. The aim of the COST Action was to focus on setting up a network of European researchers active in the field of novel semiconductors III-N-V, III-Bi-V and indium-rich GaInN gain materials and structured epitaxy. At the final meeting of the COST MP0805, papers on dilute nitride-based based devices, structured epitaxy, novel Bi-containing semiconductor structures, transport properties of dilute nitrides were presented and the articles based on the presentations are collected in this special issue as a final action publication. 

Open Access publication

2014 | Action Number: FA0807

Phytoplasmas and phytoplasma disease management: how to reduce their economic impact

  • Pages: 287
  • Author(s): Edited by Assunta Bertaccini
  • Publisher(s): IPGW (International Phytoplasmologist Working Group)
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-909922-0-9

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2014 | Action Number: TU0902

Understanding Cities: Advances in Integrated Assessment of Urban Sustainability

  • Pages: 214
  • Author(s): Edited by Richard Dawson, Olivier Heidrich, Stephen Dobson and Efren Feliu
  • Publisher(s): CESER, New Castle University
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9928437-0-0

The urgent need to reconfigure urban areas to consume fewer resources, generate less pollution, be more resilient to the impacts of extreme events and become more sustainable in general, is widely recognised. To address these issues, requires integrated thinking across a range of urban systems, topics, issues and perspectives that are traditionally considered separately.

This book introduces key results from the European Science Foundation funded COST Action TU0902 network that brought together researchers and practitioners involved in urban integrated assessment.

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2014 | Action Number: TU0804

Survey Harmonisation with New Technologies Improvement (SHANTI)

  • Pages: 203
  • Author(s): Edited by Jimmy Armoogum
  • Publisher(s): Les colletions de l'INRETS
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-2-85782-704-7 | 0768-9756

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