Dear Readers,  ECOPOTENTIAL has entered its third year of activity and we are now starting to harvest and exploit the results obtained so far, including a number of publications and concrete products that are being delivered. We also started building an Ecosystem Community of Practice, thanks to  the Protected Area meeting that took place in … Continue reading “”

Fire in the pine forests of Moguer, Asperillo and Abalario (Doñana Natural Area)

Guyonne Janss and Javier Bustamante, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC, Seville (E) 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 … Continue reading “Fire in the pine forests of Moguer, Asperillo and Abalario (Doñana Natural Area)”

A new Free and Open Source tool for semi-automatic landscape analysis

Duccio Rocchini, University of Trento, Italy The University of Trento, a new associate partner of ECOPOTENTIAL, is part of a research group developing a new tool for the analysis of land use spatial patterns in a semi-automatic manner. The tool, called r.pi and developed under the Free and open Source Software GRASS GIS, allows to … Continue reading “A new Free and Open Source tool for semi-automatic landscape analysis”

Climate change and forest fires

Antonello Provenzale, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, CNR-IGG, Pisa, Italy The danger of forest fires in Mediterranean regions is expected to increase in coming decades, owing to drier climatic conditions in summer. A recent study lead by Marco Turco of the University of Barcelona and developed in the framework of ECOPOTENTIAL by Antonello Provenzale … Continue reading “Climate change and forest fires”

Estimating invasion of non native trees with satellite data in Protected Areas

Antonio T. Monteiro (1), João Gonçalves (1), Rui F. Fernandes (2) , Susana Alves (3), Bruno Marcos (1), Richard Lucas (4), Cláudia Santos (1), Salvador Arenas (1),  Ana Cláudia Teodoro (3,5) and João P. Honrado (1) (1) InBIO/CIBIO – Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Laboratory, Universidade do Porto, Campus Agrário de Vairão, … Continue reading “Estimating invasion of non native trees with satellite data in Protected Areas”

Cutting-edge research science in the schools? It is possible, oh yes!

Elisa Palazzi, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC), Torino, (I) Have you ever thought about writing a science article for kids? If the answer is “yes!” the “Science Journal for Kids” could be the solution. The Science journal for kids (http://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/) is a non-profit open access academic journal tailored for children and teenagers. By … Continue reading “Cutting-edge research science in the schools? It is possible, oh yes!”

South African National Parks Scientific Services: The learning hub of Kruger National Park

Izak Smit, South African National Parks Kruger National Park (KNP) has a long history of science, with the first research unit established in the Park in the 1950s. This function has grown over the years in number, location and influence, with Scientific Services currently comprising of 90 colleagues (including 40 scientists, 22 biotechnicians and 28 … Continue reading “South African National Parks Scientific Services: The learning hub of Kruger National Park”

Discover a Protected area: Samaria National Park

Dimitris Poursanidis, FORTH, Institute of Applied & Computational Mathematics, Crete (GR) The Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH (http://rslab.gr), under the framework of the ECOPOTENTIAL project, carries on scientific research about Samaria National Park (figure 1) as one of the 254 selected National Parks across the European territory and Beyond.   By using the state of … Continue reading “Discover a Protected area: Samaria National Park”

Application of Earth Observation tools in Protected Areas in Europe workshop

Magnus Andresen, UN Environment, Vienna (A) In early May, around 60 Protected Area representatives and ECOPOTENTIAL colleagues from across Europe and beyond gathered in the Regional Natural Reserve “San Rossore – Migliarino – Massaciuccoli” in Pisa, Italy to see how ECOPOTENTIAL Earth Observation tools, such as satellite imagery and ecosystem models, can best contribute the … Continue reading “Application of Earth Observation tools in Protected Areas in Europe workshop”

ECOPOTENTAL General Assembly

15 – 19 May 2017, Heraklion (GR) The Second ECOPOTENTIAL General Scientific Meeting and General Assembly of Partners took place in Heraklion, Crete, from May 16th to May 19th, kindly hosted by the ECOPOTENTIAL Partner FORTH. The General Meeting was aimed at a comprehensive presentation and discussion about the research activities, highlighting the status of … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTAL General Assembly”

Ecosystem Services (WP7) Face to Face Meeting

March 7th, 2017 Schiphol (NL) 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 … Continue reading “Ecosystem Services (WP7) Face to Face Meeting”

ECOPOTENTIAL @Climate Europe Festival in Valencia

4 – 6 April 2017, Valencia (E) 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 … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL @Climate Europe Festival in Valencia”

Doñana storyline workshops “Conserving dynamic wetlands under combined global, regional and local stressors”

4 – 6 April 2017, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC, Seville (E) On the 4th of April 2017, several participants from various work packages of ECOPOTENTIAL project met at the Doñana Biological Station (EBD, Spanish Research Council) to attend the ‘Doñana Storyline Workshop’. The workshop had two objectives: (1) to facilitate coordination among partners already involved … Continue reading “Doñana storyline workshops “Conserving dynamic wetlands under combined global, regional and local stressors””

ECOPOTENTIAL @Open Day 2017 of CERTH

May 16th, 2017, Thessaloniki (GR) Ioannis Manakos and his team at 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 … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL @Open Day 2017 of CERTH”

EO based ecosystem service (WP6) meeting in Lisbon

10 – 11 July 2017, Lisbon (P) At the start of July, a WP6 meeting took place 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 … Continue reading “EO based ecosystem service (WP6) meeting in Lisbon”