Cross-Scale Interactions in the Coupled Geosphere-Biosphere System

15-24 June 2016, Valsavarenche, Valle d'Aosta (Italy)

This Summer Course aims at providing young researchers – in particular Ph.D. students  – with an up-to-date interdisciplinary course presenting a quantitative approach to the physical, chemical, geological, biological and ecological principles of geosphere-biosphere interactions on multiple spatial and temporal scales, focusing on the role of Earth Observations and of modelling approaches. The Course is organised in the framework and with funding from the H2020 European Project 641762 "ECOPOTENTIAL: Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits through Earth Observation".

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ECOPOTENTIAL workshop and field excursion in the Har HaNegev (Israel).

The workshop takes place on 23-26 February 2016 and it is devoted to the definition of the most compelling management and scientific questions in the Negev Protected Area and to the ways ECOPOTENTIAL can contribute to address them, by blending Remote Sensing observations, in-situ data and modelling approaches. The workshop is organized by the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, both of which are partners in ECOPOTENTIAL.

Fostering Europe's role in Earth Observation GEO European Projects Workshop
31 May - 2 June 2016, Berlin, Germany
The conference is jointly organised by the European Commission, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany and the Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science.
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ESA Earth Observation Summer School

1-12 Aug 2016, ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy

The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting young researchers to join leading experts in Earth Observation, Modelling and Data Assimilation for keynote lectures, hands-on computing practical and poster sessions on the occasion of the 8th ESA EO Summer School. Applications can be made on-line at:



Valentino Castle, the ECOPOTENTIAL participants

The official Kick-off meeting of the European Union funded project ECOPOTENTIAL “Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits Through Earth Observations” was held from 25 to 28 June 2015, in Torino. ECOPOTENTIAL will be working towards the creation of a new unified framework for ecosystem studies and management of present and future protected areas (PA) through new modeling approaches and best use of Earth Observation (EO) and monitoring data.  ECOPOTENTIAL will contribute with new EO open-access ecosystem data services to ECOPERNICUS, and will use the most advanced technologies to improve future ecosystem benefits for humankind.

Following the KOM, a group of participants visited two alpine lakes inside Gran Paradiso National Park  (Lake Dres,  and Lake Trebecchi) , where research activities and biodiversity conservation actions are being carried on. These lakes, with their ecosystems, are included among the project study areas.

Lake Dres, field excursion



Nivolet Plain and Lake Trebecchi, field excursion.