For the second phase of the Exceed Swindon Project, three joint research project will be financed. The Latin America Region has proposed two projects that were approved by the Exceed/Swindon Management Board to go to the second stage. The projects are:

1) Degradation of Highly Recalcitrant Organic Compounds Present in Tequila and Cachaça Vinassesby Photo-Fenton.

This project is a collaboration among the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil), the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM, Brazil), the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdG, Mexico) and Technical University of Braunschweig (TUB, Germany).

The goal of this joint research proposal is to study the photocatalytic orphoto-Fenton degradation of highly refractory organic compounds present in the tequila, mescal and cachaça vinassesbefore and after the traditional biological AD treatment.

2) Remote Sensing for Protection of Coastal Zones and Ecosystems

This project is a collaboration between the Technical University of Braunschweig (TUB, Germany), Institut for Geodesy and Photogrammetry (IGP) and the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Instituto de Ingeniería.

Due to climate change in many parts of the world an emerging problem for coastal zones is the proposed sea level rise. Due to the lack of reliable/validated information it is extremely difficult to study the effect of this proposed sea level rise on the population living in these zones, the ecosystem, the infrastructure and economic situation as well as the hydraulic regime and the hydrological conditions.

The proposed research result should lead to the definition and elaboration of a larger research proposal, which can be submitted to an international agency. The general topic will be remote sensing for protection of coastal zones; a more specific title will be works out during the first month of the joint preparatory work.