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.

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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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Ioannis Manakos and his team at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), participated with an exhibition stand at the annual open day of the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) in Thessaloniki, GR, on the 16th of May.

With the help of his colleague, Georgios Chantziaras, they presented their Remote Sensing activities. ECOPOTENTIAL was among the main topics of the presentation, with the objective to inform the public/visitors about the accomplishments of CERTH/ITI and explore potential collaborations.

ECOPOTENTIAL was prominently presented with relative demo, poster, leaflets and animations to an audience of about 110 visitors, organized in 10 groups. Visitors were interested public persons, enterprise representatives, and local actors.

As part of its continuing education program, the University of Geneva proposes a new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called “Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment” in English. The instructor-led teachings will take place as a Geneva summer school from 4 to 15 September 2017.

Several tools, thematics and hands-on exercises covering GIS, Remote Sensing, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Geoprocessing, Geostatistics, Species Distribution Modeling, Soil and Water Assessment as well as Ecosystem Services Assessment will be presented, giving attendees an expertise or consolidated knowledge in geomatics and environmental fields.

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The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we crop (the so called “ecosystem services”) they all depend on the quality of our ecosystems. From the mountain tops to the deep seas, there is a huge variety of habitats protected by National, Nature, Regional, Natura2000, Marine or Periurban Parks. In Europe, nature has a level of protection thanks to the work of our Parks: they preserve our natural resources and authentic hubs of biodiversity. They are our life support system.

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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!

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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 ( 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:

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 ( or contact the event organizers.

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