16-18 January 2017, Tour du Valat – Camargue (F)

A joint meeting for the two European projects SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) and ECOPOTENTIAL was held from 16 to 18 January 2017 at the Tour du Valat in the Camargue. More than forty participants came from all over Europe. The two projects are both funded under the same Horizon H2020 call. The meeting was aimed to discuss knowledge exchanges and collaboration between the two projects,  to make the best possible use of remote sensing data and knowledge generation on the status and trends of ecosystems and their ecosystem services. Both projects use the most recent earth observation data obtained via the Sentinel satellite programme, which has been conducted since 2008 by the European Space Agency. The quantity and quality of free remote sensing data have greatly improved since the launching of Sentinel-1A (radar) in April 2014 and Sentinel-2A (13 spectral bands) in June 2015, and can be used to document the flooding dynamics of Mediterranean wetlands. The Sentinel-3A satellite, launched on 16 February 2017, will also be used in the near future to monitor water quality. Meanwhile, times series obtained in the Landsat programme remain useful for historical monitoring within both projects. This information is then used for monitoring trends in wetlands to inform decision makers and to inform managers of protected areas to allow for adaption of management practices.