IIA-CNR conference sees a great participation of ECOPOTENTIAL researchers

On May 9-10, 2018, the Conference of the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution CNR-IIA  has taken place at the CNR campus in Montelibretti, with a two-day presentation that illustrated the research activities carried out by the Institute.
A great part of the presentations were related to the ECOPOTENTIAL Project, as many CNR researchers  with a key role in ECOPOTENTIAL are part of the CNR-IIA Institute. The institute is active in many European and international project and its director, dr. Nicola Pirrone, is the Italian GEO Principal. The conference has been very rich and varied, spanning from the varous aspects of research on atmospheric pollution (the historical core activities of the institute) to the new manyfold activities on the worldwide monitoring of Mercury (the Global Mercury Observation System) after the coming in force of the Minamata convention, and including the many presentations of the ECOPOTENTIAL researchers, focussing of the e-infrastructures and virtual laboratories and on the use of satellite data for the monitoring of ecosystems, ecosystem functions and servies and land cover changes. The key ECOPOTENTIAL-related talk has been the one of Saverio Vicario, M. Adamo, C. Tarantino, B. Biagi, F. M. Rana, S. Nativi, P. Mazzetti, M. Santoro, C. Bassani, P. Blonda, entitled: Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth observations (ECOPOTENTIAL): Integrated system for the multi-scale study of ecosystem functions and services in protected areas through OT data in support of GEOSS. The conference has been a key moment to take stock of the situation, to verify where the institute has come so far and what the work of the Institute has produced, but with an eye to the future and the challenges of the coming years.

 

 

The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School will take place from 18 – 31 August 2018.
During this two-week summer school, master students and early PhD students will explore the natural dynamics of the Wadden Sea together with scientists on the islands of Sylt (D), Spiekeroog (D) and Texel (NL).
The Wadden Sea is an international, highly productive estuarine area, and one of the Protected Areas of the H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL project.
Students will learn about concepts and methods needed to examine key ecological processes in estuarine ecosystems, and will gain a basic understanding of the challenges of managing a World Natural Heritage Site on a national and trilateral level.
The Wadden Sea World Heritage Summer School is a joint initiative of three research institutes, namely NIOZ, ICBM and AWI, as well as the Waddenacademie.
The summer school is limited to 16 students. Proficiency in English is required.
To apply for participation in the summer school, please register via this registration form: https://www.nioz.nl/en/education/marine-studies/wadden-sea-world-heritage-summer-school-2018/registration-form
Students are asked to supply us with two reference letters which should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All applicants will be informed about the selection outcome in early July 2018. The deadline to apply is 30 June, 2018.
The programme and all further information on the summer school, can be found here https://www.nioz.nl/en/education/marine-studies/wadden-sea-world-heritage-summer-school-2018

 

Summer Course on Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park, Piedmont, Italy
10-18 July 2018

www.to.isac.cnr.it/gpss

Directors:
Timothy White (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Antonello Provenzale (Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, CNR, Pisa, Italy)

The Critical Zone (CZ) is the support system for all terrestrial ecosystems, extending from unweathered rock to the top of any vegetation canopy. In the CZ, physical, biological, geological and hydrological processes interact at multiple temporal and spatial scales.

This 9-day-long summer course intends to provide basic knowledge about the functioning of the Critical Zone and its relationships with ecosystem dynamics, focusing on aspects related to hydrology, soil geochemistry and weathering, vegetation dynamics and distribution, microbiota, biodiversity, ecosystem processes, CZ-relevant geological processes and the role of the CZ for achieving sustainable development goals. The course will consider in-situ data, long-term ecosystem research, chemical and isotopic laboratory analyses, remote sensing observations and numerical modeling, and it will include three days of field lectures, experimentation and excursions to study sites and CZ observatories in the Italian Alps.

The course is intended for Doctoral students, post-docs and researchers who are working or intend to work on Critical Zone processes and ecosystem dynamics. Lectures will be held in the main lecture hall of the Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale in the Gran Paradiso National Park.

The international Gran Paradiso Summer School on "Fundamental Processes in Earth System Dynamics" is organized by the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources and by the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council, in collaboration with the Gran Paradiso National Park. The school ideally continues the tradition started with the "Alpine Summer School", active from 1994 to 2016.

Download the poster of the Summer Course

Join us from 2-4 May 2018 at the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy, as we bring together data providers and users to share knowledge and best practices in the management and use of Earth observation data, while working together to enhance the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

The 3rd GEO Data Providers Workshop will feature 3 days of dynamic sessions aimed at connecting data providers and users as part of the GEOSS Platform community.

Who should attend?

Data providers and users contributing to or benefiting from Earth observations are invited to attend the Workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and engage with other providers and users, share their needs and services, and exchange ideas for collaboration.

Learn more and register here.

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.

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