Wadden Sea and Dutch Delta: so many habitats in a unique environment in the heart of Europe deliver many fundamental ecosystem functions and services

Alex Ziemba and Myra van der Meulen, Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands In the first issue of ECOPOTENTIAL newsletter, the Wadden Sea has been briefly introduced, touching upon the various elements which make it such a unique region worthy of Protected Area status under UNESCO and other international guidelines. Here we delve deeper into the important … Continue reading “Wadden Sea and Dutch Delta: so many habitats in a unique environment in the heart of Europe deliver many fundamental ecosystem functions and services”

Curonian Lagoon and Danube Delta: two wetlands to be discovered

ECOPOTENTIAL deals with an array of targeted protected areas that cover all the biogeographic regions of Europe. A number of them are wetland coastal areas that provide habitat for so many species, including migratory birds. For each protected area in ECOPOTENTIAL, the partners are defining a number of narratives (the storylines), which contextualize the overall … Continue reading “Curonian Lagoon and Danube Delta: two wetlands to be discovered”

Discover a Protected Area: Curonian Lagoon and Spit (Lithuania-Russian Federation)

Artūras Razinkovas-Baziukas, Rasa Morkūnė, Tomas Ruginis and Ramūnas Povilanskas – Klaipėda University, Klaipėda, Lithuania  Come and visit the Curonian Lagoon, and enjoy very varied landscapes and many and diverse ecosystems, where you can enjoy ice fishing in winter or bird-watching in all seasons. The Curonian lagoon is the largest coastal lagoon in Europe and it … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: Curonian Lagoon and Spit (Lithuania-Russian Federation)”

Discover a Protected Area: The Danube Delta

Constantin Cazacu (1), Mihai Cristian Adamescu(1), Mariasilvia Giamberini (2) (1) University of Bucharest, Department of Systems Ecology and Sustainability, Independentei 91 – 95, 050095, Bucharest, Romania; (2) Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy.  Did you know that the Danube River is the most international river of the world? Its basin … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: The Danube Delta”

Monica Turner: a scientist devoted to Ecology

Monica Turner is Professor of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of the Ecological Society of America for 2015-2016. She is renowned for her work at Yellowstone National Park since the large fires of 1988. She is author of more than 300 publications and of many books, among which we mention “Landscape Ecology … Continue reading “Monica Turner: a scientist devoted to Ecology”

Climatic Representativeness of ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas

Carl Beierkuhnlein1, Samuel Hoffmann1 & Antonello Provenzale2 1Dept. of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Germany 2Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy The call launched by the European Union in 2014 asked proposals to “…provide a full picture of the state and temporal evolution of ecosystems in existing internationally recognised protected … Continue reading “Climatic Representativeness of ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas”

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL VARIABLES?

Carlos Guerra and Henrique Pereira 1,2,3 1 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig (DE) 2 Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg 3 Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Over the last few centuries, the world’s cultural and natural landscapes have changed profoundly due to the intensification of impacts of … Continue reading “WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL VARIABLES?”

2016 GEO BON Open Science Conference: Making progress to close knowledge gaps in global biodiversity

260 experts in monitoring biological diversity from 40 countries have discussed in Leipzig how the gaps in knowledge about global biodiversity can be closed. Carlos Guerra and Henrique Pereira 1,2,3 1 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig (DE) 2 Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg 3 Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation … Continue reading “2016 GEO BON Open Science Conference: Making progress to close knowledge gaps in global biodiversity”

News and Events in ECOPOTENTIAL

Summer course: Cross-Scale Interactions in the Coupled Geosphere-Biosphere System 15-24 June 2016, Valsavarenche, Valle d’Aosta (Italy)    The impressive landscape of Valsavarenche, immersed in the “Gran Paradiso National Park”, hosted the summer course on “Cross-Scale Interactions in the Coupled Geosphere- Biosphere System”, focusing on the role of Earth Observations and of modelling approaches in geosphere-biosphere … Continue reading “News and Events in ECOPOTENTIAL”

Other Initiatives and Conferences

Science, Business and Environment Conference  15 September 2016, Warsaw, Poland On 15 September 2016 GRID-Warsaw will be holding the international conference “Science, Business and Environment”, being a part of celebrations of its 25th Anniversary. The conference is organized in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The main objective is to present the state, changes and … Continue reading “Other Initiatives and Conferences”

Dear Readers, This is the second release of the ECOPOTENTIAL newsletter. This number comes at the end of the first year of the project activities, during which we have undertaken important steps towards reaching the project objectives. The main ecosystems challenges in the Protected Areas have been addressed and described in the Storylines; available and … Continue reading “”

Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Interactions Between Human Uses of the Mediterranean and its Gentle Sea Giants

Whales have long captured our attention, first as a source of food and fuel, and more recently as iconic species that drive small, but thriving tourism ventures. Unfortunately, human beings have not always acted in the best interests of whales or even in a way that helps to protect the long term economic value that … Continue reading “Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Interactions Between Human Uses of the Mediterranean and its Gentle Sea Giants”

Two new storylines: Pelagos and Montados

For each protected area in ECOPOTENTIAL, the partners are defining a number of narratives (the storylines), which contextualize the overall workflow of ECOPOTENTIAL in particular ecological, management and policy settings, highlighting the need of EO and in situ data, and putting the bases for the operational work in the field. Storylines are iterative processes whose … Continue reading “Two new storylines: Pelagos and Montados”

A storyline: Pelagos, a Cetaceans Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea

Drakou E, Himes-Cornell A, Pendleton L, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Insitut Universitaire Europeen de la Mer This storyline aims at addressing the species distribution of cetaceans within the Mediterranean and the role of humans both as a driver of change that affects their population and as a recipient of the benefits generated from these species. … Continue reading “A storyline: Pelagos, a Cetaceans Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea”