Newsletter n. 9 – ECOPOTENTIAL Project – July 2018

Dear Readers, the ECOPOTENTIAL second reporting period (1 December 2016- 31 May 2018) has just finished. During this period, our ECOPOTENTIAL partners carried out an intense research work, publishing on the whole more than 70 peer reviewed papers and taking part to more than 300 events as workshops, conferences and other dissemination and outreach activities, … Continue reading “Newsletter n. 9 – ECOPOTENTIAL Project – July 2018”

2018 ESRI Storytelling with Maps Award: 2nd place to the ECOPOTENTIAL Storymap “Protecting Marine Mammals in Crowded Waters”

Thanks to their ECOPOTENTIAL storymap on the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, Levi Westerveld and Bjorn Alfthan (GRID Arendal) won the 2nd place under the Conservation, Environment and Sustainability category of the 2018 ESRI Storytelling with Maps Award. This award will also increase the visibility and viewing of the storymap, helping to reach more people. Congratulations … Continue reading “2018 ESRI Storytelling with Maps Award: 2nd place to the ECOPOTENTIAL Storymap “Protecting Marine Mammals in Crowded Waters””

Earth observations for achieving the SDGs? ECOPOTENTIAL @ STI Forum 2018, UN headquarters, NY

New York, USA, June 5-6, 2018 Third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum 2018) ECOPOTENTIAL and the twin project SWOS have been presented at the side event “Earth observations for achieving the SDGs”, organised by the EU in the frame of the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, … Continue reading “Earth observations for achieving the SDGs? ECOPOTENTIAL @ STI Forum 2018, UN headquarters, NY”

Science for Post 2020 Environmental Targets – Insights from Earth Observation of Protected Areas

EU Parliament, Brussels, 27th September 2018 The science-policy briefing event “Science for Post 2020 Environmental Targets – Insights from Earth Observation of Protected Areas” for the EU Parliament will take place on the 27th of September 2018 (09:00-11:00). At the event, the most relevant ECOPOTENTIAL key findings for post 2020 environmental strategies will be presented. The event … Continue reading “Science for Post 2020 Environmental Targets – Insights from Earth Observation of Protected Areas”

PhD scholarships at Klaipeda University

PhD scholarships (4 years) are available at the Marine Research Institute (Klaipeda University, Lithuania). Among 10 selected topics in marine ecology, policy and management are available for 2018 call, among which topics on Ecological modelling and also Assessment and modelling of ecosystem services in coastal lagoons. Info at: http://apc.ku.lt/en/index.php/the-doctorate-school-in-ecology-and-environmental-sciences/topics-for-2018-call/ Deadline: 21/09/2018.

Fires: A New Study Using Seasonal Predictions

Turco M., Jerez S., Doblas-Reyes F. J., AghKouchak A., LIasat M. C. & Provenzale A. (2018). Skilful forecasting of global fire activity using seasonal climate predictions. Nature Communications, 9, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05250-0. In many regions of our planet, forest fires pose a serious threat to homes and infrastructures, causing huge economic damage and also loss of … Continue reading “Fires: A New Study Using Seasonal Predictions”

A new ECOPOTENTIAL paper from Peneda-Gerês on ecosystem functional attributes

Salvador Arenas-Castro, João Gonçalves, Paulo Alves, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, João P. Honrado. PLOSONE, June 18, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199292 The paper describes a modelling framework to assess the predictive ability of MODIS satellite-derived Ecosystem Functional Attributes (EFAs) as Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) against traditional datasets (climate and land-cover) at several scales. We test the framework with a multi-scale assessment … Continue reading “A new ECOPOTENTIAL paper from Peneda-Gerês on ecosystem functional attributes”

New ECOPOTENTIAL article: Uniqueness of Protected Areas for Conservation Strategies in the European Union

Hoffmann S., Beierkuhnlein C., Field R., Provenzale A., Chiarucci A. (2018). Scientific Reports, 8, 6445. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-24390-3 The global loss of biodiversity threatens the human well-being, yet still continues in the 21st century. Biodiversity generally stabilizes ecosystem functioning, providing ecosystem goods and services. One of the most important tools for nature conservation are protected areas. They … Continue reading “New ECOPOTENTIAL article: Uniqueness of Protected Areas for Conservation Strategies in the European Union”

Seagrass and Bathymetry

Dimitris Poursanidis, FORTH (GR) It has been recognized that seagrass meadows constitute a significant component of coastal marine ecosystems. They are among the most productive habitats in the coastal zone, providing essential ecosystem functions and deriving essentialecosystem services. Some of the most critical ecosystem services and functions are water oxygenation and nutrients provision, seafloor and … Continue reading “Seagrass and Bathymetry”

An ECOPOTENTIAL Storyline: Changes in Leaf Coloration along an Elevational Gradient on the Oceanic Island La Réunion

Increasing elevation leads to harsher environmental conditions for plants, which in turn trigger plants to adapt their morphology and structure (e.g.Ehleringer,1988). Two of those environmental drivers which are known to increase with elevation are UV-radiation and wind speed (Lutz,1996). Potential adaptions to and protection against an increase in both UV-radiation and wind speed can be … Continue reading “An ECOPOTENTIAL Storyline: Changes in Leaf Coloration along an Elevational Gradient on the Oceanic Island La Réunion”

Ecopotential at the EARSeL Symposium

38th EARSeL Symposium and 3rd joint EARSeL LULC & NASA LCLUC Workshop, Chania, Greece, 09-12.07.2018 ECOPOTENTIAL has been widely presented at the 38th annual symposium of the European Association of Remote Sensing that has taken place in Chania (GR). ECOPOTENTIAL partners from Ben Gurion University, CERTH, FORTH, and EURAC were there presenting results achieved in … Continue reading “Ecopotential at the EARSeL Symposium”

The Ecopotential Exhibition is Travelling: Bruxelles!

Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission in Brussels The ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition “SPACED” has been on display in the Atrium of the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium until the 22nd of June. Stunning photos, satellite imagery and stories, ‘SPACED’ showed how protected area managers and scientists are working together … Continue reading “The Ecopotential Exhibition is Travelling: Bruxelles!”

The Ecopotential Exhibition is Travelling: Chania!

38th Annual EARSeL Symposium, Chania, Crete, Greece, 9-12 July 2018 Within the framework of the EARSeL Symposium in Chania (see above), the ECOPOTENTIAL exhibition “SPACED: Using Earth Observations to Protect Natural Landscapes” has been exposed in Chania centre; in the Venetian harbor of the old city. Twenty-five (25) panels were hosted at the KAM Center … Continue reading “The Ecopotential Exhibition is Travelling: Chania!”

The Ecopotential Exhibition is Travelling: Gran Paradiso National Park!

Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale, Gran Paradiso National Park, 10 -18 July, 2018 The ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition is being hosted in the hall of the Grand Hotel of Ceresole Reale in the hearth of Gran Paradiso National Park (Turin) for the Summer 2018. The exhibition has been installed on the occasion of the “Critical Zone … Continue reading “The Ecopotential Exhibition is Travelling: Gran Paradiso National Park!”