ECOPOTENTIAL at the XV GEO PLENARY

Silvia Giamberini, IGG-CNR, Italy

Kyoto is an especially charming city in autumn, when trees dress a warm red, yellow and brown palette, and it has been a perfect venue for the XV GEO plenary, that took place from Oct 29thto Nov 2ndat the Kyoto Congress Palace, where the Kyoto protocol on climate has been signed in 1992. The GEO plenary meeting has been preceded by three days of scientific side events, where the GEO initiatives and related projects have organised workshops and discussions. ECOPOTENTIAL and GEO ECO have convened a side event entitled: Detecting and Analysing Changes and Future Scenarios in Protected Areas: from ECOPOTENTIAL to GEO ECO. The event was aimed to discuss a few of the most important topics addressed in ECOPOTENTIAL and in GEO ECO, for example on land cover and ecosystems mapping, the analysis of snow cover, data cubes exploitation for time series analysis. The whole workshop had the final aim to present contributions on monitoring SDG15.

Kyoto is especially charming in autumn, when trees dress a warm red, yellow and brown palette, and it has been a perfect venue for the XV GEO plenary, that took place from Oct 29thto Nov 2ndat the Kyoto Congress Palace, where the Kyoto protocol on climate has been signed in 1992. The GEO plenary meeting has been preceded by three days of scientific side events, where the GEO initiatives and related projects have organised workshops and discussions. ECOPOTENTIAL and GEO ECO have convened a side event entitled: Detecting and Analysing Changes and Future Scenarios in Protected Areas: from ECOPOTENTIAL to GEO ECO. The event was aimed to discuss a few of the most important topics addressed in ECOPOTENTIAL and in GEO ECO, for example on land cover and ecosystems mapping, data cubes exploitation for time series analysis. The whole workshop had the final aim to present contributions on monitoring SDG15 The programme, after a presentation of ECOPOTENTIAL and GEO ECO, included a section of the detection of changes through Earth Observation, also hosting Antonio di Gregorio from FAO, who presented  a new land cover/habitat  classification system LCML developed by FAO, and a session presenting a few relevant ECOPOTENTIAL and GEO ECO products as the EODESM System (Earth Observation Data for EcoSystem Modelling), the analysis of changes in snow cover using Remote Sensing and data Cubes, and a few Ecosystems mapping and ecological models developed in ECOPOTENTIAL and freely available on the Virtual Laboratory. 

Conclusions and perspective have been finally drawn by Douglas Cripe from the GEO Secretariat, who also announced the launch of the new GEO initiative on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). 

ECOPOTENTIAL contributed also to the In Situ data session, convened by Michael Mirtl (ILTER chair, https://www.ilter.network), reporting its statements regarding the needs of protected areas on In Situ data. In particular, ECOPOTENTIAL highlighted the need of a coordination on reporting and sharing In Situ data, and in particular by establishing In Situ Essential Variables for ecosystems, enforcing the use of the FAIR principles in sharing the data, organise trainings for young scientists, protected areas staff and practitioners and raise awareness on Open Data principles and Copyright protection of shared data (e.g. through the Creative Commons licensing). ECOPOTENTIAL, and its Virtual Laboratory in particular, has been mentioned in many other events. The Virtual Laboratory has been designed as the portal aimed to contribute to the GCI, the GEO Common Infrastructure, providing access to data and models developed within the project. Many future GEO initiatives can take over the ECOPOTENTIAL legacy. One for all, the Land Degradation Neutrality initiative. Systems as the EODESM can provide a strong hi-tech support for land cover classification and LC change detection from Remote Sensing, and carbon budgets in natural systems, under study in a few protected areas by ECOPOTENTIAL researchers, can provide a framework for accounting carbon gain and loss in natural ecosystems. 

All info on the XV GEO Plenary and Side events can be found here: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo15.php?t=agenda.

The programme, after a presentation of ECOPOTENTIAL and GEO ECO, included a section of the detection of changes through Earth Observation, also hosting Antonio di Gregorio from FAO, and a session presenting a few relevant ECOPOTENTIAL and GEO ECO products as the EODESM System (Earth Observation Data for EcoSystem Modelling), the analysis of Snow Cover from RS, the analysis of changes in snow cover and greenness using data Cubes, and a few Ecosystems mapping and ecological models developed in ECOPOTENTIAL and freely available on the Virtual Laboratory. 

Conclusions and perspective have been finally drawn by Douglas Cripe from the GEO Secretariat, who also announced the launch of the new GEO initiative on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN). 

ECOPOTENTIAL contributed also to the In Situ data session, chaired by Michael Mirtl from ILTER, reporting its statements regarding the needs of protected areas on In Situ data. In particular, ECOPOTENTIAL highlighted the need of a coordination on reporting and sharing In Situ data, and in particular by establishing In Situ Essential Variables for ecosystems, enforcing the use of the FAIR principles in sharing the data, organise trainings for young scientists, protected areas staff and practitioners and raise awareness on Open Data principles and Copyright protection of shared data (e.g. through the Creative Commons licensing). ECOPOTENTIAL, and its Virtual Laboratory in particular, has been mentioned in many other events. The Virtual Laboratory has been designed as the portal aimed to contribute to the GCI, the GEO Common Infrastructure, providing access to data and models developed within the project. Many future GEO initiatives can take over the ECOPOTENTIAL legacy. One for all, the Land Degradation Neutrality initiative. Systems as the EODESM can provide a strong hi-tech support for land cover classification from Remote Sensing, and carbon budgets in natural systems, under study in a few protected areas by ECOPOTENTIAL researchers, can provide a framework for accounting carbon gain and loss in natural ecosystems. 

All info on the XV GEO Plenary and Side events can be found here: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo15.php?t=agenda

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