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 the project, the main results, the critical points and the future perspectives. Main topics were The Essential Variables, the Status of Remote Sensing data, in situ data and modelling, the Virtual Laboratory Platform, the research on changes over Protected Areas and future projections, as well as the issues related to cross scale interactions. Carl Beierkuhnlein presentede the last advances on his research regarding the uniqueness of Protected Areas. The General Meeting has been the occasion for discussing the use of ECOPOTENTIAL research for the benefit of the management of Protected Areas, starting from the analysis of the outcomes of the Meeting with the Protected Areas staff that took place in Pisa in May, and of the results of the questionnaire to the PAs to the design of a roadmap for future Protected Areas. The use of Earth Observation and the related technical issues informed the whole discussion as its improvement in all the ecology fields addresses by ECOPOTENTIAL is the major expected output of the project. The Meeting ended with a trip to Samaria, one of the 25 protected areas studied ECOPOTENTIAL.