In this section you can find an overview of all COST Publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Office. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. A link to the publication is shown when available. If the box "Copies Available" appears, an extra copy is available from the COST Office (email: If not, please contact the relevant Action Chair, whose contact details can be found via the 'Domains and Actions' section of our website.

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2011 | Action Number: A25

Small Arms, Crime and Conflict - Global Governance and the threat of armed violence

This book focuses on the use of small arms in violence and attempts by the state to govern the use and acquisition of these weapons.
It is likely that hundreds of thousands of people are killed every year as a result of armed violence – in contexts ranging from war zones to domestic violence. This edited volume examines why these deaths occur, the role of guns and other weapons, and how governance can be used to reduce and prevent those deaths. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology through economics to peace and security studies, the book’s main concern throughout is that of human security – the causes and means of prevention of armed violence.
The first part of the book concerns warfare, the second armed violence and crime, and the last governance of arms and their (mis)-use. The concluding chapter builds on the contributors’ key findings and suggests priorities for future research, with the aim of forming a coherent narrative which examines what we know, why armed violence occurs, and what can be done to reduce it.
This book will be of much interest to students of small arms, security studies, global governance, peace and conflict studies, and IR.

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2011 | Action Number: ES0905

Spreading the scope of convection models

Climate change and unpredictable weather patterns are a major challenge for meteorologists throughout
the world. Producing models that are sufficiently reliable and flexible is a goal that still eludes researchers,
but this may be about to change thanks to the novel approach proposed by the Core Action on Convection.

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2011 | Action Number: IS0802

International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics - Special Issue: Agency in Earth System Governance

International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal that focuses on the theoretical, methodological and practical dimensions of achieving cooperative solutions to international environmental problems. This special issue addresses the analytical problem of agency in earth system governance, an analytical problem that begins with the assumption that the credibility, stability, adaptiveness and inclusiveness of earth system governance is affected by a wide range of actors, including national governments and their bureaucracies as well as the growing population of non-state actors such as environmental organisations, expert networks and corporations.

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About COST 2011

The aim of this pocket guide is to bring together all relevant information about COST into an “easy to use” publication. This guide includes information on the COST structure and goals, the Open Call, the National Coordinators (contact points) and financial Instruments plus, most importantly, the COST Actions. In this issue, the Actions are presented from the most recent ones to those ending this year. In order to highlight COST's interdisciplinary dimension, Trans-Domain Actions are presented in a separate sub-chapter. Complementary Action information can be found on the COST website.

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2011 | Action Number: C24

Proceedings of ELCAS 2011 - 2nd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium – Final Conference of COST Action C24

  • Author(s): C. J. Koroneos, D. C. Rovas and A. Th. Dompros (Eds)
  • Publisher(s): Ziti Publications
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-960-243-679-0

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2011 | Action Number: FP0601

Forest Management and The Water Cycle – An Ecosystem-Based Approach

The protective function of forests for water quality and water-related hazards, as well as adequate water supplies for forest ecosystems in Europe, are potentially at risk due to changing climate and changing land-management practices. Water budgets of forest ecosystems are heavily dependent on climate and forest structure. The latter is determined by the management measures applied in the forestry sector. Various developments of forest management strategies, imposed on a background of changing climate, are considered in assessing the overall future of forest–water interactions in Europe.
Synthesizing recent research on the interactions of forest management and the water regime of forests in Europe and beyond, the book makes an important contribution to the ongoing dialogue between scientists dealing with different scales of forest-water interactions. This collaborative endeavour, which covers geographic and climatic gradients from Iceland to Israel and from southern Spain to Estonia and Finland, was made possible through COST Action FP0601 "Forest Management and the Water Cycle (FORMAN)", which was launched in 2007.
The book will be of particular interest to the research community involved in forest ecosystem research and forest hydrology, as well as landscape ecologists and hydrologists in general. It will also provide reference material for forest practitioners and planners in hydrology and land use.

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2011 | Action Number: TU0601

Robustness of Structures-Proceedings of the Final Conference of COST Action TU0601

  • Author(s): M. Faber, H. Narasimhan, J. Sorensen, T. Vrouwenvelder and M. Chryssanthopoulos
  • Publisher(s): Czech Technical University in Prague
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-80-01-04730-9

In 2005, the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) together with Working Commission 1 of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) organised a workshop on robustness of structures, held at the BRE facilities in the UK.
Among the results of the workshop the decision to develop a proposal for a joint European project on structural robustness turned out to be good and successful. The project ‘COST Action TU0601 : Robustness of Structures’ commenced in February 2007 under the aegis of the COST1(European Cooperation in Science and Technology) programme. Research teams drawn from 24 COST member countries representing both academia and industry as well as experts from the United States of America have been part of the project. The main objective of this project is to provide the basic framework, methods and strategies necessary to ensure that the level of robustness of structural systems is adequate and sufficient in relation to their function and exposure over their life time and in balance with societal preferences in regard to safety of personnel and safeguarding of environment and economy. The work of the project is organised in three working groups each respectively dealing with a) development of a theoretical and methodological framework for assessment of robustness; b) modelling of exposures and
vulnerability; and c) robustness assessment and implementation issues.
The present book is a compilation of the scientific contributions of the final conference that was held in Prague on the 30th and 31st of May 2011.

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2011 | Action Number: TU0601

Robustness of Structures: Final Report of COST Action TU0601

  • Author(s): Michael Faber (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): Czech Technical University in Prague
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-80-01-04803-0

The awareness of the significance of the robustness of structures has gradually intensified over the years due to experiences with failure and collapse of many structures. Recent events of terrorism in different parts of the world have further emphasized the urgent need for development of rational approaches to ensure that risks to people, environment, assets and functionality of the societal infrastructure and built environment are acceptable and affordable to society. A significant amount of research has hence been invested into the various aspects of robustness resulting in a number of useful recommendations on how to achieve robust structures.
However, despite many significant theoretical, methodical and technological advances over the recent years, structural robustness is still an issue of controversy and poses difficulties with regard to its interpretation as well as regulation. Modern structural design codes consider robustness through requirements which typically state that the consequence of damages to structures should not be disproportional to the causes of the damages. Despite the importance of robustness for structural design, such requirements are, however, still not substantiated in further detail; nor has the engineering profession been able to agree on an interpretation of robustness which facilitates its quantification. Hence it has become necessary to develop an elaborate framework for the assessment and quantification of structural robustness, establish acceptable criteria for robustness and hence provide for a seamless incorporation of robustness considerations into structural design procedures.

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2011 | Action Number: 872

Genomics an Molecular Genetics of Plant-Nematode Interaction

Plant parasitic nematodes often establish unique, sophisticated relationships with their hosts, dramatically influencing plant productivity. This book reviews the most recent developments in the molecular biology of plant-nematode interactions that have been driven by the application of genomics tools. The book will be of interest to postgraduate students and to researchers with an interest in plant nematology and/or plant pathology more generally. A series of introductory chapters provide a biological context for the detailed reviews of all areas of plant-nematode interactions that follow and ensure that the bulk of the book is accessible to the non-specialist. Chapters provide not just the exciting state of the art in each field, but also the experts’ views of how they expect that research in each field would develop in the near future. A final section aims to show how these fundamental studies have provided outputs of practical relevance in agriculture.

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2011 | Action Number: IC0701

Formal Verification of Object-Oriented Software: Revised Selected Papers

The International Conference on Formal Verification of Object-Oriented Software (FoVeOOS 2010) was organised by COST Action IC0701 but it went beyond the framework of this action. The conference was open to the whole scientific community. FoVeOOS aimed to foster collaboration and interaction among researchers in this area. This volume contains a selection of research papers and system descriptions presented at FoVeOOS 2010. Authors of the 23 papers presented at the conference were invited to submit improved versions, to be reviewed a second time. Twenty-one submissions were received, and the Program Committee selected 11 of them. Additionally, two of the invited speakers provided papers, which were reviewed by the Program Committee and included in this volume.

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2011 | Action Number: 298

New Media Technologies and User Empowerment - Volume 6

Recent developments in new media have led to the rise of what has become known as 'social media'. The shift towards mass self-communication has lowered the technological thresholds for everyday users to connect and to become 'produsers' in media life. However, the question is to what extent users interacting in this ecosystem are empowered - and not disempowered - to express their creativity and concerns and to obtain a prominent role in new media design and innovation.

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2011 | Action Number: E55

Assessment of Failures and Malfunctions: Guidelines for Quality Control

  • Pages: 107
  • Author(s): Eds. J. Kohler, G. Fink & T.Toratti
  • Publisher(s): Shaker Verlag GmbH
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-3-8440-0161-7

This report represents the results of work and discussions in working group 1) assessment of failures and malfunctions. This report covers summaries of studies on structural failures on timber structures around Europe and elsewhere. Additionally guidelines on implementing inspections on structures and on the building process concepts to obtain quality and avoid failures are given. These assessment studies and guidelines were drafted by the COST members (or member institutes).

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2011 | Action Number: A30

Media, Nationalism and European Identities

  • Pages: 428
  • Author(s): Eds. Miklós Sükösd and Karol Jakubowicz
  • Publisher(s): Central European University Press
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-963-9776-74-6

The COST A30 Action 'East of West: Setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda' was a 4 year long (2005-2009) COST research project that has established an outstanding network, bringing together approximately 70 distinguished media and communications researchers from 27 countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The main objective of the Action was to increase the knowledge concerning media production, media reception and use, and the political implications of the transformation of the media landscape in the Eastern and Central European context. This book should be of interest not only to specialist academics and students, but also to all those concerned about the future of Europe.

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2011 | Action Number: IC0601

Explorations in Sonic Interaction Design

Sonic Interaction Design (SID) is the study and exploitation of sound as one of the principal channels conveying information, meaning, and aesthetic/emotional qualities in interactive contexts. As a research field, SID is emerging at the intersection of interaction design, sound and music computing, auditory display, sonic arts and psychoacoustics. A set of activities, in the form of workshops, training schools,and research residences have been designed and implemented to facilitate these crossings between research lines. As a result, a repertory of approaches, methods, tools and results are now available as foundational materials for a new discipline.

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2011 | Action Number: TD0902

Submerged Prehistory

Major events of human prehistory such as the post-glacial recolonisation of Northern Europe and the spread of agriculture through the Mediterranean took place on landscapes that are now, at least partially, underwater. Large parts of this submerged terrain are accessible to divers and can be investigated archaeologically. Prehistoric underwater research has emerged in recent decades as a distinct sub-discipline, developing approaches and methodologies that can be applied in coastal regions worldwide. As a result there is growing awareness of the potential for underwater archaeology to transform our ideas about the course of prehistory. This volume examines existing practice and new developments in the field of submerged prehistoric landscape research. The 25 peer-reviewed contributions from leading authors cover the results of recent research on three continents and the application of methodologies and techniques for site discovery, investigation and interpretation.

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