Monica Turner: a scientist devoted to Ecology

Monica Turner is Professor of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of the Ecological Society of America for 2015-2016. She is renowned for her work at Yellowstone National Park since the large fires of 1988. She is author of more than 300 publications and of many books, among which we mention “Landscape Ecology … Continue reading “Monica Turner: a scientist devoted to Ecology”

Climatic Representativeness of ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas

Carl Beierkuhnlein1, Samuel Hoffmann1 & Antonello Provenzale2 1Dept. of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Germany 2Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy The call launched by the European Union in 2014 asked proposals to “…provide a full picture of the state and temporal evolution of ecosystems in existing internationally recognised protected … Continue reading “Climatic Representativeness of ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas”

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL VARIABLES?

Carlos Guerra and Henrique Pereira 1,2,3 1 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig (DE) 2 Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg 3 Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Over the last few centuries, the world’s cultural and natural landscapes have changed profoundly due to the intensification of impacts of … Continue reading “WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL VARIABLES?”

2016 GEO BON Open Science Conference: Making progress to close knowledge gaps in global biodiversity

260 experts in monitoring biological diversity from 40 countries have discussed in Leipzig how the gaps in knowledge about global biodiversity can be closed. Carlos Guerra and Henrique Pereira 1,2,3 1 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig (DE) 2 Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg 3 Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation … Continue reading “2016 GEO BON Open Science Conference: Making progress to close knowledge gaps in global biodiversity”

News and Events in ECOPOTENTIAL

Summer course: Cross-Scale Interactions in the Coupled Geosphere-Biosphere System 15-24 June 2016, Valsavarenche, Valle d’Aosta (Italy)    The impressive landscape of Valsavarenche, immersed in the “Gran Paradiso National Park”, hosted the summer course on “Cross-Scale Interactions in the Coupled Geosphere- Biosphere System”, focusing on the role of Earth Observations and of modelling approaches in geosphere-biosphere … Continue reading “News and Events in ECOPOTENTIAL”

Other Initiatives and Conferences

Science, Business and Environment Conference  15 September 2016, Warsaw, Poland On 15 September 2016 GRID-Warsaw will be holding the international conference “Science, Business and Environment”, being a part of celebrations of its 25th Anniversary. The conference is organized in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The main objective is to present the state, changes and … Continue reading “Other Initiatives and Conferences”

Dear Readers, This is the second release of the ECOPOTENTIAL newsletter. This number comes at the end of the first year of the project activities, during which we have undertaken important steps towards reaching the project objectives. The main ecosystems challenges in the Protected Areas have been addressed and described in the Storylines; available and … Continue reading “”

Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Interactions Between Human Uses of the Mediterranean and its Gentle Sea Giants

Whales have long captured our attention, first as a source of food and fuel, and more recently as iconic species that drive small, but thriving tourism ventures. Unfortunately, human beings have not always acted in the best interests of whales or even in a way that helps to protect the long term economic value that … Continue reading “Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Interactions Between Human Uses of the Mediterranean and its Gentle Sea Giants”

Two new storylines: Pelagos and Montados

For each protected area in ECOPOTENTIAL, the partners are defining a number of narratives (the storylines), which contextualize the overall workflow of ECOPOTENTIAL in particular ecological, management and policy settings, highlighting the need of EO and in situ data, and putting the bases for the operational work in the field. Storylines are iterative processes whose … Continue reading “Two new storylines: Pelagos and Montados”

A storyline: Pelagos, a Cetaceans Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea

Drakou E, Himes-Cornell A, Pendleton L, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Insitut Universitaire Europeen de la Mer This storyline aims at addressing the species distribution of cetaceans within the Mediterranean and the role of humans both as a driver of change that affects their population and as a recipient of the benefits generated from these species. … Continue reading “A storyline: Pelagos, a Cetaceans Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea”

Montado Systems in Natura 2000: Finding the Road to Long-Term Sustainability

Vânia Proença, Helena Martins, Tiago Domingos. MARETEC – Marine, Environment and Technology Centre, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal Montado is a High Natural Value wood-pasture system characteristic of the SW region of the Iberian Peninsula. High levels of biodiversity are maintained by the structural diversity at different spatial scales and by the … Continue reading “Montado Systems in Natura 2000: Finding the Road to Long-Term Sustainability”

Discover a Protected Area: The Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem and the Pelagos Sanctuary for Marine Mammals

Drakou E, Himes-Cornell A, Pendleton L, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Insitut Universitaire Europeen de la Mer The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a large (~90,000km2) transboundary marine protected area (MPA) in the north-western Mediterranean Sea, between Italy, France and the Island of Sardinia, encompassing Corsica and the Tuscan Archipelago. The area contains essential … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: The Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem and the Pelagos Sanctuary for Marine Mammals”

Discover a Protected Area: The Montados Ecosystem (Portugal)

Vânia Proença, Helena Martins, Tiago Domingos – MARETEC – Marine, Environment and Technology Centre, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal Montados (or dehesas in Spanish) are traditional agro-forestry systems with a savanna type structure, characteristic of the Mediterranean Basin. In Portugal, Montados are mainly distributed in the southern half of the country where … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: The Montados Ecosystem (Portugal)”

150 Years of Ecology

Alberto Basset, Sara Montinaro, Università del Salento, Italy In 1866, the German scientist Ernst Haeckel formalised for the first time a concept, already present in its time although not completely expressed yet, the ecology one, as the science studying “the interactions among organisms and with the biotic and abiotic conditions of the environment they live … Continue reading “150 Years of Ecology”

ECOPOTENTIAL among the projects mentioned in the EU campaign #EuFactor!

#EuFactor is a project promoted by the Representation of the European Commission in Italy and the Information Office of the European Parliament in Italy. It is primarily addressed to young people, between 16 and 19 years old, who are thinking about their future university careers. The aim is to make them aware of the employment … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL among the projects mentioned in the EU campaign #EuFactor!”