The Annual General Meeting of the ECOPOTENTIAL project has been held in Heraklion, Crete, from 15 to 19 May 2017, hosted by the Institute of Remote Sensing Laboratory of Computational Mathematics, FORTH. According to the local organizer, the Director of Research at FORTH, Dr. Nektarios Chrysoulakis, ECOPOTENTIAL is an important effort for a deeper understanding of the functioning of Ecosystems using appropriate simulation models, which are parameterized with combined use of satellite observations and terrestrial measurements.

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Budapest, 28-29 September 2017 - The First Conference on Community Ecology is the opening of a conference series accompanying the journal Community Ecology. The scientific focus is wide, presenting all aspects of community ecology and its connections to landscape ecology, multivariate statistics, systems ecology, vegetation science, macroecology and many other fields. Attending this conference can be advised and enjoyable to both students and senior researchers who can find themselves in a highly international and interdisciplinary scientific environment.

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Pisa, Italy, 2 May 2017 - Innovative technologies for Earth Observation and modelling are emerging and European Protected Areas have the opportunity to be at the forefront of how they are used, a meeting of scientists and park managers is demonstrating today.
Around 60 participants have gathered for a week to see how new Earth Observation tools, such as satellite imagery, can contribute to better understanding threats faced by Protected Areas and changes to their health. Protected Area representatives  from across Europe are attending such as Sierra Nevada, Wadden Sea and the Danube Delta.

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ECOPOTENTIAL  will be presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017- Vienna by Antonello Provenzale (coordinator of the project) this Friday, April 28th as a Highlight presentation!

Session: "Complexity in Geosciences: from chaotic-stochastic dynamics to ecology and sustainability"
A. Provenzale: "Geosphere-biosphere interactions in European Protected Areas: a view from the H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL Project", Room M2, 16:45–17:00.

Today April 22 we celebrate Earth Day! This year the Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy.
Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defence of environmental protection.

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

Make Every Day Earth Day!

For more information visit:
http://www.earthday.org

ECOPOTENTIAL has been presented by Ioannis Manakos at the Climateurope Festival 2017 that took place in Valencia on April 4-6. The festival offered a varied 2½ day programme of lectures, discussions, networking and performances to explore the state-of-the-art of climate information, and its uses and value in decision-making at both the European and national levels. A key Festival objective has been to discuss the advantages and challenges that climate services face with the water sector, natural reserve, and agriculture and food security.

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ECOPOTENTIAL opens its repository for publications on PUMA (PUblications MAnagement) – the official documents repository of CNR.

PUMA (http://puma.isti.cnr.it) is a digital library management system for institutional repositories of technical or scientific documents, either published or self-archived, managed by the National Research Council of Italy – CNR.

Puma allows search and browse services, administrative and submission services. PUMA assists scientists to make their research results worldwide freely available. All ECOPOPOTENTIAL publications currently published are available here:

http://puma.isti.cnr.it/listtitoli.php?idauth=58&idcol=46&langver=en&RighePag=ALL

A session with other public ECOPOTENTIAL  documents will be open soon (e.g. deliverables).

 

The Summer School "International SPatial LITeracy (SPLIT) Remote Sensing for Coastal Ecosystem – Human Interactions" will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in June 4-9, 2017. Online Registration is open now!

Once again, an intensive learning remote sensing program will be offered at a great location, “a land of great natural beauty and astounding cultural heritage”. Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

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On the 30th-31st of March 2017, the Geomatics Lab is hosting the Workshop "Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Functioning", bringing together a group of researchers from GEO BON (Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network) Ecosystem Function Working Group.

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At the beginning of March, 2017, a collection of participants from Work Package 7, and various other work packages connected to it, met in the Netherlands in order to discuss the current status of Ecosystem Service(ES) Assessment for the various Protected Areas(PAs) in the ECOPOTENTIAL project. During this meeting, the implementation of frameworks developed within the project was discussed and a synthesis of ecosystem functions and their relation to services and monitoring/modeling applications was undertaken. This served as a kick-off point for the further evaluation thereof across all sites who have participated in the Mind Mapping exercise, which seeks to connect functions to data sources and services within PAs. The distillation of this work will prove as input for the generation of Bayesian Belief Networks(BBNs). To this end, a participant from ETH in Switzerland attended and provided a hands-on workshop for the development of BBNs as well as assisting those present further develop their personal BBNs.

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2nd International Conference on Forests - Temperate and Boreal Forest Conservation in a rapidly changing world "New scientific findings and implications for future management"

The Bavarian Forest National Park and the University of Würzburg host the 2nd International Conference on Forests, which will take place from 26. to 29.04.2017 in Neuschönau, Germany.

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The European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) is an association of leading European research institutions in climate research. ECRA aims to bring together, to expand and to optimise European expertise in climate research and advising through a bottom-up process.

Two upcoming ECRA meetings will take place in Brussels. If you like to register, please use the online registration tool (www.ecra-climate.eu) or contact the event organizers.

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6-8 July 2017, Ceresole Reale, Italy


The Gran Paradiso National Park, within the LIFE+ BIOAQUAE and the LIFE+ Limnopirineus, is pleased to invite you to the International Meeting on the Conservation of High Mountain Lakes that will be held in Ceresole Reale (Torino, Italy) on 6-8 July 2017.
High mountain lakes host peculiar aquatic biota and are considered biodiversity reservoirs. Most high altitude lakes are endangered by several global, regional and local threats, and more specifically by introduced fish. This meeting will focus on the role of the Natura2000 sites and protected areas, on the recent research advances, and also on management strategies and specific experiences to achieve a long term conservation of high mountain lake ecosystems.

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Shenzhen, China, 11-15 December 2017

The 9th world conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will be held in Shenzhen, China 11-15 December 2017. This conference will boast a broad range of topics on the latest state-of-the-art on the science, policy and practice of Ecosystem Services. The overarching theme this year will likely focus on the role of ecosystem services in ecosystem restoration and nature based solutions in natural, rural and urban areas.

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(20th-21st April 2017, Florence, Italy)

Data Providers are invited to attend the Second GEO Data Providers workshop. Whether your data is already brokered by the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), or your data could be integrated as a new resource in GEOSS, this workshop is for you.
The First GEO Data Providers workshop was held as a side event at the GEO-XIII Plenary in St Petersburg, Russia, to strengthen dialogue with data providers and to improve the discoverability, accessibility and usability of GEOSS resources.
Given the high level of interest and success of the initial workshop, a more comprehensive event of two days will be hosted by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Florence, Italy, from 20th to 21st of April, 2017, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

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From 6 to 12 February a Workshop on the use of GIS in the analysis of change from Remote Sensing for the Protected Areas of ECOPOTENTIAL is taking place in the Sede Boker campus of Ben Gurion University, Israel, for interested partners.  The workshop is primarily based on open-source codes (presenting an overview of several open source software options, and focusing in particular in QGis and the MOLUSCE plugin), and some applications on the ArcGIS software (with the Land Change Modeler software) has been demonstrated.

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Seville, 4-6 April 2017

We are organizing a workshop on the Doñana Storyline (O3 - Conserving dynamic wetlands under combined global, regional and local stressors) in Doñana National Park (Spain), that will take place in Seville on Tuesday 4th April 2017. The meeting will be followed by a field visit to Doñana National Park on Wednesday 5th April.

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Upon request of the European project officer, a joint project meeting took place at the Tour du Valat, Camargue, France, between the EU projects SWOS and ECOPOTENTIAL. These two projects both use the newest earth observation data, but apply different approaches, to monitor areas of particular interest for biodiversity and ecosystem services. SWOS focuses on wetlands and ECOPOTENTIAL focuses on protected areas. This shared interest lead to a series of active discussions and several possibilities for future collaboration have been identified. In the coming months, partners from both projects will work on transforming these possibilities in concrete collaborations and hopefully the first joint manuscript will be submitted  end of this year.

 

From 16 to 18 of January 2017 a joint meeting between the two sister Horizon2020 projects SWOS (http://swos-service.eu/) and ECOPOTENTIAL (http://ecopotential-project.eu/) will take place at the Research Institute for the conservation of Mediterranean wetlands “Tour du Valat”, in Arles, France. The Institute is located in the heart of the Camargue Regional Park, study site of both projects. Participants from both teams will present the characteristics and the current status of the projects, focusing on research questions and methods used to respond them. The two projects are looking how they can have a scientific collaboration, identifying common fields of interest and concrete actions.
The review of the EU takes place simultaneously for both projects.

During the following days (19 and 20 January) there will be in the same location the ECOPOTENTIAL CCT (Coordination and WP leaders) meeting and Internal workshops of SWOS and ECOPOTENTIAL.

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