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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2012 | Action Number: 867

Welfare of Farmed Fish in Present and Future Production Systems

The book, entitled “Welfare of farmed fish in present and future production systems”, summarises the view of more than 80 experts in the field of fish welfare, collected over a period of more than five years in an international network entitled “Welfare of Fish in European Aquaculture” (Cost action 867).

During the time of the action a shift became evident in the general perception of fish welfare. It now not only includes variables with very direct effects on growth, and thereby the economy of the farmer, such as disease, water and feed quality, but the term also includes fish preferences and biology-based stimulation measures. This Cost action has contributed to the notion that welfare sets biological criteria for a sustainable production system. We present the reader with an overview of the results obtained, which can help to guide the way towards welfare of farmed fish in present and future production systems. The first chapter gives an overview of the scientific papers that follow. All scientific papers and the first chapter were previously published in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, vol. 38, number 1, 2012. Given the accruing interest in fish welfare in society, each of these scientific papers should be accessible for stakeholders that are not part of the research community. For that reason each of the scientific papers is preceded by a summary for non-experts.

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Croatian Medical Journal


Personalised Medicine: Better Health for the Future

Personalised medicine, a discipline enabled by genetic, biopharma, diagnostic, and information and communications (ICT) technologies attempts to tailor disease treatment to individual patients. Personalised medicine is rapidly emerging as a state-of-the-art approach to diagnostics and therapeutics and is beginning to revolutionise our health care system, promising better medicine for all.

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2012 | Action Number: TU0702

Real-Time Monitoring Surveillance and Control of Road Networks under Adverse Weather Conditions

  • Pages: 298
  • Author(s): Nour-Eddin El Faouzi; Bernhard Heilmann and editors
  • Publisher(s): INRETS
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-2-85782-699-6 | 0768-9756

This book contains the results of an interdisciplinary pan-European network of experts. It discusses how adverse weather conditions can impact freeways/motorways as well as urban networks as well as how to mitigate negative impacts of inclement weather conditions on traffic operations and road safety.

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Review of Applied-Statistical Methods For Flood-Frequency Analysis in Europe

2012 | Action Number: ES0901

Review of Applied-Statistical Methods For Flood-Frequency Analysis in Europe

  • Author(s): Castellarin, A. et al. (Eds)
  • Publisher(s): The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-906698-32-4

Flood frequency analysis is used for establishing a relationship between flood magnitude and frequency of occurrence (return period) and for estimating the design-flood at a given
location of interest. The approach can be implemented locally (At-Site Flood Frequency
Analysis, SFFA); or regionally (Regional Flood Frequency Analysis, RFFA), which is used to limit unreliable extrapolation when available data record lengths are short as compared to the recurrence interval of interest, or for predicting the flooding potential at locations where no observed data are available. Both SFFA and RFFA are mature disciplines and consolidated methodologies are available for many European regions. As a result, different European countries, and sometimes even different regions within a country, have adopted different methodologies, which are often selected on the basis of traditional approaches or restricted due to limitation of available data.
The main objective of the COST Action ES0901 European procedure for flood frequency
estimation (FloodFreq,, which started in 2010, is to undertake a pan-European comparison and evaluation of methods for flood frequency estimation under the various climatologic and geographic conditions found in Europe, and different levels of data availability, as required by European Flood Directive (2007/60/EC). In particular, Working Group 2 (WG2) is focusing on an assessment of statistical methods for flood frequency estimation. In the first phase of WG2, state-of-the-art methods were collected from all member countries of the WGs, and presented in a report form.
In this report, the description of applied frequency analysis methods is presented. The report also include a catalogue of flood data availability/unavailability across Europe together with relevant information (e.g., catchment descriptors, climatological [see above] and hydrological characteristics, indications on frequency distribution recommended for use in flood frequency studies) are collected and presented. Finally, this report presents some preliminary outcomes of analyses that aim to identify in an L moment-based framework the most suitable parent distributions for representing the frequency regime of annual maximum flood across Europe.

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2012 | Action Number: FP1004

Enhance mechanical properties of timber, engineered wood products and timber structures

  • Author(s): Key-Uwe Schober (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): University of Bath
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1-857-90176-2

Early Stage Researcher Conference. April 19-20, 2012, Zagreb, Croatia.

Clearly timber suffers in comparison with homogeneous, isotropic materials such as steel. There are many ways of addressing the variability timber, which is a result of it being a natural, harvested product. There are techniques for moderating the effects of timber's different strength and stiffness at angles to the grain. The objective of the COST Action is to bring together an understanding of the state of the art in research in these areas and to identify particular gaps in knowledge.

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2012 | Action Number: 871

Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe

  • Author(s): Agnes Grapin et al. (Eds)
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-92-898-0051-8

The Action wanted to improve and apply technologically advanced techniques for plant genetic resources conservation of crops that are grown and/or conserved in Europe with the main emphasis on long-term conservation through cryopreservation.

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2012 | Action Number: 2100

Pervasive Mobile and Ambient Wireless Communications

Pervasive Mobile and Ambient Wireless Communications reports the findings of COST 2100, a project of the European intergovernmental COST framework addressing various topics currently emerging in mobile and wireless communications. Drawing on experience developed in this and earlier COST projects, the text represents the final outcome of collaborative work involving more than 500 researchers in 140 institutions and 30 countries (including outside Europe).

The book’s subject matter includes: 

- transmission techniques;   

The research reported comes from a variety of backgrounds: academic, equipment-manufacturing and operational and the information contained in this book will bring the study reported to a wider audience from all those spheres of work. Pervasive Mobile and Ambient Wireless Communications will be of interest to researchers for its cutting-edge analysis and to practitioners for its functional usability.

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2012 | Action Number: BM0602

Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry : The Journal of Metabolic Diseases

Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry, Volume 118, Number 3, July 2012

Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry is a peer-reviewed journal, published 5 times a year by Informa Healthcare.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0807

Living in Surveillance Societies : The Ghosts of Surveillance

  • Author(s): C. William R. Webster et al. (Eds)
  • Publisher(s): Editura Universitatii ,,Alexandru Ioan Cuza'' IASI
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-973-703-701-5

This publication presents a collection of academic works associated with the second annual conference of the Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) which took place at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania, between 3 and 5 may 2011. The conference was Chaired by Dr William Webster and Dr Doina Balahur. The edited collection is organized around the diverse but related academic activities including : individual conference paper presentations, LiSS Working Group "Showcases", the LiSS Doctoral School and European Research workshop.

These activities have been captured in this edition in the form of full articles and papers, reports and summaries. Combined these contributions represent a considerable body of knowledge and some contemporary and up-to-date thinking about what it means to live in surveillance society.

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2012 | Action Number: TU0701


  • Author(s): R. Di Giulio (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): Alinea Editrice
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-6055-685-1

The Final Report presented is a first important step for the evaluation of suburban building quality in Europe. The comparison between the experiences of different countries provides an overall survey of the functional and technical quality of European post-war multi-family housing stock, and cooperation between countries will encourage an integrated building refurbishment strategy. Hence this report, complemented with other parallel publications, should serve as a valuable tool for the improvement of suburban building stock. It should truly be the key to providing a leap in the quality of life of the inhabitants.

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2012 | Action Number: MP0701

Polymer Composite Materials: From Macro, Micro to Nanoscale

The Conference on Multiphase Polymers and Polymer Composites Systems: Macro to Nano Scales was organized at Paris-Est Créteil University, France on June 7-10, 2011. It was organized within the framework of the COST action MP0701 on Polymer and nonocomposites and was dedicated to many of the recent research accomplishments in the area of physical and interfacial properties of multiphase polymer composites and nanocomposite systems.

The content of the conference was unique since particular attention was focused on the different length scales (macro, micro and nano) relevant for a deep understanding of the structure-property relationships of nanocomposite materials. This event covered the major findings and observations in the field of morphological, interfacial, physical and thermophysical properties of multiphase polymers and polymer composite systems from macro to nano length scales.
The conference was organized around three areas:
1. Multiscale modeling and simulation
2. Design and advanced characterization
3. Processing, application and recycling
Out of 160 oral and poster presentations given at the conference in June 2011, we have selected some of these papers after peer reviewing for publication in Materials Science Forum. The content of this book pays particular attention to the different length scales (macro, micro and nano) relevant for a deep understanding of the structure-property relationships of polymer nanocomposite materials. It covers the major findings and observations in the field of morphological, interfacial, processing, physical and thermophysical properties of multiphase polymers and polymer composite systems from macro to nano length scales.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0605

Telecommunication Economics: Selected Results of the COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel

This book constitutes a collaborative and selected documentation of the scientific outcome of the European COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel "A Telecommunications Economics COST Network" which ran from October 2007 to October 2011. Involving experts from around 20 European countries, the goal of Econ@Tel was to develop a strategic research and training network among key people and organizations in order to enhance Europe's competence in the field of telecommunications economics.
Reflecting the organization of the COST Action IS0605 Econ@Tel in working groups, the following four major research areas are addressed:
- evolution and regulation of communication ecosystems;
- social and policy implications of communication technologies;
- economics and governance of future networks;
- future networks management architectures and mechanisms.

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2012 | Action Number: TU0701

Improving the Quality of Suburban Building Stock Volume 2

  • Author(s): R. Di Giulio (Ed)
  • Publisher(s): UnifePress
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-88-96463-08-6

Suburban building estates make up a large part of the European Urban Heritage. Most of the buildings – generally multi-family housing blocks consisting of small apartments – were completed after 1950 using low-cost technologies and are often characterised by poor quality in general.

The aim of the COST Action was to investigate methods and technologies used in the rehabilitation and renovation of suburban housing settlements, intended to increase their value, and to improve safety and the quality of life of the inhabitants.

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2012 | Action Number: IS0603

COST Series on Health and Diversity Volume 1: Health Inequalities and Risk Factors among Migrants and Ethnic Minorities

Migrants and ethnic minorities form a growing part of the populations of Europe. They often have higher than average exposure to health risks, while facing barriers to accessing appropriate health care. International bodies have called for policy measures to tackle these inequalities.

COST Action IS0603 (Health Care for Migrants and Minorities in Europe) was a European network of researchers from more than 30 countries, which met between 2007 and 2011 to discuss how to strengthen the knowledge base on migration and ethnic minority health. The COST Series on Diversity and Health comprises two volumes written by the leading authorities in the field, illustrating the issues that were discussed.

This first volume starts by asking how much we know about migrant and ethnic minority health and where the barriers to scientific progress lie. For example, what is the relation between migration, ethnicity and the socioeconomic determinants of health? Particular groups discussed include refugees and asylum seekers, domestic workers, new migrants, ‘mixed marriages’ and disadvantaged ethnic minorities. Specific health issues examined range from maternal and child health to problem of aging, mental health and infectious diseases. The final section of the book discusses prevention programmes targeting obesity, diabetes, coronary vascular diseases and cancer. These topics form only a small selection of the full range of issues in this rapidly growing field, but they illustrate well the fascinating challenges which it presents.

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