ECOPOTENTIAL @ AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, 15-17 December 2017

The ECOPOTENTIAL partner ISPRA (Italy) presented a framework for the use of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) as Essential Biodiversity Variable for the evaluation of the ecosystem services in the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem at the American Geophysical Union meeting (New Orleans, December 2017).

Within the GEO session, dedicated to the ’Development of Essential Biodiversity Variables: Progress and Challenges’, a major effort of the ISPRA team has been oriented in addressing the value of such biophysical variable as a proxy for the assessment of food provision (in terms of ecopotential fish biomass), of biodiversity regulation (in terms of big mammals feeding and mobility ecopotential) and of the alien species spread (in terms of areal temperature changes).

The GEO team recognized and appreciated the ability of the SST in capturing the cross-scale interactions in the seascape time and space dimensions as well as the stimulus in the use of EO time series in modelling and understanding nature dynamics.