The Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) is a public research center dedicated to terrestrial ecology and territorial analysis, producing knowledge and methodologies for conservation, management, and adaptation of the environment to global change. The centers objective is to work as a bridge between academia, administrations, and society, promoting awareness and exchanging knowledge
within its scope of activities, at the local, regional, and global levels. Located at the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the center was founded in 1987 as a consortium between various public administrations, research entities, and academic training entities. Research carried out by the center can be divided into four general areas: Biodiversity, Functional ecology and global change, Forest ecology and wildfire and Environmental analysis and GIS.
Its profile matches the tasks in the proposal for their experience in data storage, manipulation and knowledge extraction. It has also deep involvement in GEO tasks and activities and in the geospatial standards specification. CREAF and the European Commission co-organized the GEOSS European Project Workshop 7 in Barcelona.
Joan Masó Pau had a Phd in GIS data models in 2012. He is a researcher at CREAF, GIS developer, and teacher in a RS and GIS master in the UAB. Creator of Remote Sensing imagery visualization and download web data portals. He is an active member of the TC of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) since 2003 (e.g editor OGC 07-057r7 WMTS). He is Spanish representative in the ISO19115-1 and editor of ISO19165 Data and Metadata preservation. He has coordinated the GeoViQua FP7 project (Visualization of quality information in GEOSS) and is coordinating H2020 ConnectinGEO and H2020 WaterInnEU and participated in H2020 ERAPlanet. Earth and Space Science Informatics division president in the European Geosciences Union. Member of the GEO Program Board, GEO Standards and Interoperability Forum, and GD-06 in-situ coordination GEO Tasks.
His role in Ecopotential is leadership of the RS work and providing tools for the virtual laboratory.