ECOPOTENTIAL is a EU-H2020 project, funded under the call SC5-16-2014 – Making Earth Observation and Monitoring Data usable for ecosystem modelling and services. It started in June 2015 and it will last four years. With 48 partners and 28 protected areas involved, it is one of the largest EU funded projects on ecosystems and it is coordinated by the National Council of Research of Italy (CNR).
The ECOPOTENTIAL project focuses its activities and pilot actions on a targeted set of internationally recognised protected areas (PA) in Europe and beyond, including mountain, arid and semi-arid, and coastal and marine ecosystems, and they cover all the bio-geographic regions of Europe. The geographical position and the complete description of the protected areas involved in Ecopotential can be seen here: http://www.ecopotential-project.eu/protected-areas The Figure below reports the map of the Protected Areas currently involved in the Project as study sites.
Building on the knowledge gained in individual PAs, ECOPOTENTIAL will address cross-scale ecological interactions and landscape-ecosystem dynamics at regional to continental scales. Improving the use of Earth Observation data, together with in situ data and modelling, is one of the major aims of the project. All data, model results and acquired knowledge will be made available on common and open platforms, coherent with the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) data sharing principles and fully interoperable with the GEOSS Common Infrastructure (GCI).
More info are available here: http://www.ecopotential-project.eu/project/mission