ECOPOTENTIAL at the ESA EO Open Science 2017 Conference

25 – 29 September 2017, Frascati, Italy

Earth Observation (EO) Open Science 2017, organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), presented new challenges and opportunities for Earth Observation research and stimulated the establishement of science community networks for the exploitation of EO data in a collaborative, cross-disciplinary and open way.

During the EO Open Science 2017 Conference, the ISPRA team, partner of ECOPOTENTIAL, presented the ‘RTSA’ (Raster Time Series Analysis) package for R programming language, a free and open source collection of analytics to perform spatio-temporal analysis on continuous terrestrial and marine bio-geophysical variables. The package allows to extract concise and comprehensive information taking advantages of many multitemporal analytical techniques, in order to support the detection of changes (abrubt and gentle) and the generation of scenarios to assess the progress and effectiveness of ongoing conservation policies and management activities (e.g. current PAs), thus supporting the environmental adaptive management, or to design new policies and plans (e.g. future PAs).

Furthermore, the ECOPOTENTIAL CNR-IIA team presented the ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Laboratory, a cloud platform that allows running workflows (scientific business processes) for generating Essential Variables and indicators based on in-situ observations and EO data and products. The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Laboratory Platform supports the Open Science objectives, accessing open source algorithm code and open data for full reproducibility of scientific results. It is also aligned with major international and global programmes on Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Goals, with particular reference to GEO/GEOSS.