We are pleased to release the 2018  and 2019 ECOPOTENTIAL calendars!


The calendars show a different protected area each month, displaying a picture of the landscape or an iconic species, a remote sensing image and a very brief explanation of the research work made in ECOPOTENTIAL.  The cover picture depicts a view of Gran Paradiso's massif with a close-up of the Eriophorum scheuchzeri.

2018 calendar can be downloaded here

2019 calendar can be downloaded here

Please print them  - donate them  - publish them !! share them !!
They are released under the Creative Common Licence BY-NC-ND: see: Creative_Commons_license#Seven_regularly_used_licenses
that allows free reproduction and use of the calendar  for non commercial use but no partial reproduction or modification - and grants the photo copyrights to authors.
We thank all partners who contributed with pictures, texts and RS images..

We are happy to announce the release of the book: “SPACED: USING EARTH OBSERVATION TO PROTECT NATURAL LANDSCAPES”, edited by Cristina Domingo and Joan Maso (CREAF). The book describes how Earth observation is used for monitoring and studying ecosystems in the 24 protected areas investigated in the H2020 project ECOPOTENTIAL. It describes a collection of scenarios where Earth observation data is essential, accompanied by visual maps covering the whole extension of each protected area. The main purpose of this volume is to illustrate the capabilities of remote sensing and how this technique is being applied in many ways to monitor several different aspects of ecosystems and environmental conditions. Each type of ecosystem (mountain, arid or coastal and marine) presents different challenges that will be addressed through different Earth observation and data analysis approaches.
We trust that this book will illustrate the extent to which Earth observation by satellites has become a crucial tool for obtaining a global view of natural ecosystems, as well as for monitoring ongoing changes and supporting knowledge-based conservation and management strategies.

The H2020 project ECOPOTENTIAL has organised a workshop on the use of Earth Observation for natural landscapes, that has taken place in Brussels on the 10th of January 2018. The main objective of the workshop has been to prospect the state-of-the-art of Remote Sensing as a Sentinel tool to monitor, characterize and understand the state, ongoing changes and effectiveness of conservation and management actions of natural landscapes and to facilitate an open debate among scientists and the involved Institutions. This workshop has been part of the multiple events organized by the ECOPOTENTIAL Project on the week of 9th-12th of January 2018, starting on Jan 9th with the opening of the photo-exhibition with the same title, on display at the European Parliament.
The workshop has seen the presence of about 70 among scientists and representatives of European institutions, and has presented the views of European institutions, of other related research networks and projects and of ECOPOTENTIAL researchers in their approach to the use of remote sensing for the study of natural landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity.
You can download the agenda and the presentations here:

Spaced workshop AGENDA Jan 10 2018

Presentations SPACED Bruxelles 10 01 2018

Invitation to the Workshop:

SPACED: Using Earth Observations to Protect Natural Landscapes

The ECOPOTENTIAL H2020 project, focusing its activities on blending Earth Observations from remote sensing, field measurements, data analysis and modeling of current and future ecosystem conditions and services, is organizing this workshop in Brussels on the 10th of January 2018, from 9.00 to 17:30.

Europe’s latest generation of satellites are opening up a frontier of possibilities to observe the natural environment from above. Monitoring cross-scale geosphere-biosphere interactions at regional to continental scales, addressing long-term and large-scale environmental and ecological challenges is essential.

The main objective of the workshop is to prospect the state-of-the-art of Remote Sensing as a Sentinel tool to monitor, characterize and understand the state, ongoing changes and effectiveness of conservation and management actions of natural landscapes and to facilitate an open debate among scientists and the involved Institutions. This workshop is part of the multiple events organized by the ECOPOTENTIAL Project on the week of 9th-12th of January 2018, starting on Jan 9th with the opening of the photo-exhibition with the same title, on display at the European Parliament.

We sincerely look forward to the confirmation of your presence. Due to limited capacity of the venue, attendees are accepted in order of registration. You can register on line at: http://ves.cat/emIm.

For additional information about the workshop please contact:

Silvia Giamberini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Cristina Domingo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

You can download the agenda here.

The first Citizen Science conference will take place in Rome from 23rd to 25th of November 2017 at the Italian National Research Council Headquarters, Conference Hall, Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, Rome, Italy.

The Conference is organized by the Italian National Academy of Sciences (known as Academy of the XL), in partnership with Italian and European Institutions, with the support of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in the framework of the LifeWatch-ITA program.

Specific sessions will be dedicated to:

  • Biological monitoring trough Citizen Science
  • Citizen Science and Society
  • National Citizen Science Networks
  • Platforms and e-services for Citizen Science

Visit http://www.citizensciencerome2017.com/ for Programme, registration and all the related information!

 

On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. for GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth Observations (EO) in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'.

With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of EO in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

ECOPOTENTIAL will be presented on
Tuesday 24th of October, 10:30-12:30, at the Side Event "Earth Observation for achieving and monitoring mountain-related SDGs: Ecopotential, GEO-GNOME and GEO-ECO" and will be at the EUROGEOSS Stand with two posters.

Following the First Italian Citizen Science conference, the ECOPOTENTIAL Workshop on Citizen Science in Protected Areas will be held in Roma (Italy) on the 21th November 2017. The workshop is supported by EUROPARC Federation, the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). The workshop aims at exploring how citizen science can enhance environmental monitoring in protected areas and builds the foundation for an practical guide on why and how to establish citizen science projects in protected areas in Europe and what to consider at all stages of running citizen science in protected areas.
The workshop provides opportunities to establish networks between protected area managers, environmental NGO’s representatives and researchers throughout European protected areas.
The program is available here. (Ecopotential Citizen Science Workshop Programme).
Registrations are opened until 31/10/2017. Travel/accommodation costs can be covered under certain conditions, do not hesitate to ask us if needed.
To register and for any further information, please contact Anett Richter (iDiv / UFZ) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Emilie Crouzat (iDiv/UFZ) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the workshop!
Emilie, Aletta and Anett

The 25th International Long Term Ecological Research network (ILTER) conference has taken place in Nantes, France, from Oct 2nd to Oct 4th 2017, combined with the French Zone Atelier biennial Conference.  It focussed on many aspects of the ecological research, including also the socio-economical aspects of ecological research. The purpose of this joint conference has been to bring together scientists, engineers from environmental sciences and social sciences, programme managers and policy makers to exchange knowledge, to share experiences and research results, to discuss the most recent developments and applications on environmental research.
The diversity of the presentations given revealed the great need for a multidisciplinary approach in any of the contexts and of the ecosystems investigated.
A great interest has been devoted to the  study of the anthropogenic impact on global biogeochemical cycle, with a  session aimed at showing how long-term monitoring of ecosystems (and of the critical zone) is crucial not only for a better understanding of ecosystem behaviour and trajectories but also for identifying key processes and feedbacks between the physical, biological and social system components of the biosphere.
ECOPOTENTIAL scientists have taken part to the conference with two oral presentations and one poster by CNR-IGG (IT), one presentation by Technion (IL) and with partners who are active members of the coordination of the ILTER network. Here the link to the programme of the conference and to the abstract book:

https://rza.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/27
https://rza.sciencesconf.org/data/pages/Abstracts_book.pdf

 

Researchers Night is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. This year it took place on Friday 29 September, with hundreds of events in over 300 cities in Europe and neighbouring countries. The events showcase what researchers really do for society in interactive and engaging ways, promoting research careers to young people and their parents.

After last year success, ECOPOTENTIAL participated in different countries also this year, such as Italy (Pisa), Greece (Heraklion, Crete) and Spain (Granada). All the partners showed posters and videos produced by the project for the public, give out leaflets and provided information about project’s aims and activities. The “scientific game” was also an opportunity for younger people to test their knowledge about ecosystem services and scientific method!

Other specific activities were organised: for example the group from the University of Granada carried out an activity for teenagers in which they explained the expected impacts of global change in the Mediterranean area as well as the concept of ecological model. The students had the opportunity to manipulate and execute a simplified Agent-Based Model simulating the population dynamics of the pine processionary moth, a species expected to benefit from global change. In the model, they could increase or decrease the average temperature and see how the processionary population was affected by this growth, as well as how the pine on which it feeds would develop under such new conditions. The students were very interested in the population dynamics of the pine processionary moth (they are in fact familiar with this species), showing great participation and interaction with the Agent-Based Model. Furthermore it was a great example for them to understand how climate change is a real threat in their life.

The original model in which this simplified version is used by the University of Granada research group and is based on Lidar-processed images to define the distribution of the pines on the landscape. Work is on-going within the group to use satellite images to detect defoliation caused by this species and thus validate model results.

A new open access publication by ECOPOTENTIALists  Danijela Markovic, Oskar Kärcher and Ariane Walz has been published in Global Change Biology.
The paper  introduces a novel framework for assessing climate change vulnerability tailored to freshwater ecosystems. The resulting indices were overlaid to assess the climate change vulnerability of all European freshwater ecosystems at the catchment scale and identify priority catchments that facilitate the development of climate change conservation management strategies.

Check the video summary of the study!
 

 

Washington DC, 23-27 October 2017

The ECOPOTENTIAL project will participate at the GEO-XIV Plenary meeting in Washington DC, USA. Latest activities and main outputs of the project will be presented through a series of posters and videos displayed at the European Commission’s booth in the Exhibition area.
Two of these videos are shown here:

ECOPOTENTIAL storylines tell the major ecological challenges related to each Protected Area and the tools and models used to address them, as described in this new ECOPOTENTIAL video accompanied by wonderful pictures of the study areas. Enjoy!

 

One of the main outputs of the Project is the ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Laboratory (VLAB). It is a cloud-based virtual platform enabling information access and knowledge generation for the ecosystem science community of practice, where users can access data and information on protected areas and related storylines.

 

On October 23-27 2017, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will come together at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. for GEO Week 2017. GEO Week 2017, consisting of GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering 'Insight for a changing world'.
With a focus on delivery and impact, GEO Week 2017 will explore the use and applications of EO in both the public and private sectors for the benefit of humankind.

For more information and registration visit:
https://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php

 

 

Tallinn, 3–9 November 2017

The European Space Week is organised by the European Commission under the auspices of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and co-organised by the European Space Agency, AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and Garage48. The event will take place in Tallinn – Estonia – from 3 to 9 November 2017.

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Oct 2nd - 6th 2017, Nantes, France
The LTER-France - Zones Ateliers Network & Critical Zone Observatories – will host the 25th ILTER annual meeting. It will be combined with the Zone Atelier Biennial Conference and it will focus on the further achievement of Long Term Socio-ecological Research.
The purpose of the joint conference is to bring together scientists, engineers from environmental sciences and social sciences, programme managers and policy makers to exchange knowledge, to share experiences and research results, to discuss the most recent developments and applications in environmental research and to consider future research.
Paper submission deadline: July 21st, 2017
Registration deadline: August 28th, 2017
Further info at website: https://rza.sciencesconf.org/

At the start of July, there was a WP6 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by IST, which surrounded the topics of data assimilation, utilization of remote sensing in models, as well as operationalization and cloud deployment of models.  Each of the participants presented his/her model and a round-table discussion was then held in order to determine the feasibility of integrating the various remote sensing products developed through ECOPOTENTIAL as well as those which are already available via various web services. Additionally, Ghada El Serafy provided an introductory lecture on data assimilation for both state updating and automated parameter estimation. As uncertainty quantification is one of the key elements require of both models and remote sensing products in order to utilize data assimilation, a further discussion on methodologies of uncertainty quantification was held. In the end, various paths forward describing experiments that could be executed across all statistical and process-based models in order to derive a synthesis on European protected areas as a whole concluded the wrap-up of the session. Each of the partners present will spend time over the summer post-processing and attempting first trials of data assimilation as well as generating model-specific experiments in line with the overarching goals derived at the meetings conclusion in order to prepare for a post-summer discussion and generation of a focused work-package wide work plan.

Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions - Syntheses, challenges and new opportunities
Lisboa, Portugal, 4th – 8th September

The aim of the EMAPI of 2017 is to promote the opportunity of sharing findings and experiences, and presenting syntheses of state-of-the-art knowledge on alien plant invasions in order to face the many challenges of this thematic and create new opportunities to address it. Scientists, managers and policy makers from around the world will interact and explore ways to face global and regional challenges presented by alien plant invasions, for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Duccio Rocchini, associate scientist of Ecopotential, will be an invited keynote speaker, with a plenary lecture on session "Chasing invasive species with high technology", talking about the opportunities offered by remote sensing for mapping the current distribution of invasive plants and the early detection of new incursions.

Registration and abstract submission is open until July 15th.

More information at:
www.emapi2017.org

On the night of last June 24, a dramatic fire broke out in the pine forests of Moguer (Huelva Province, Spain), spreading during all night and day of Sunday 25 with varying winds from West to Northwest to the interior of the Protected Area of Doñana.

On Sunday 25, EBD Remote Sensing & GIS Lab (LAST-EBD) downloaded the MODIS image (250 m resolution) from the TERRA satellite through the MODIS Rapid Response Service. Using a 7-5-1 band combination (false color using 2 bands in short wave infrared -SWIR- and a third in red) the zone affected by the fire at the time of capture (12:20 PM) can be very well appreciated , i.e. about 3000 ha. Smoke clouds are also visible north of active focus (orange pixels).

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Helsinki,  19-21 June 2017

The European GEO Workshop, organised by EU/Easme to present all the EU projects that contribute to GEOSS, is taking place this week at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together European stakeholders interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The event is a forum to exchange ideas and inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS.

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The 60th annual symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) will take place in Sicily, Italy. The venue will be the Palermo Botanical Garden, and excursion will be organized in both the Sicilian coast and mountains. The theme of the symposium will be “Vegetation patterns in natural and cultural landscapes”.

Vegetation science can inform the sustainable management of landscapes that preserve natural ecosystems and their associated services. Moving towards a shared and integrated strategy for sustainability requires a substantial revision of the general objectives of growth and development: conservation, innovation and new ideas on human habitats should jointly proceed, recognizing the natural vegetation as a readily available monitoring target. At the same time, some reflection would be necessary also for the role of vegetation science and vegetation scientists in promoting ideas of sustainability.

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