Newsletter n. 10 – ECOPOTENTIAL Project – October 2018

Dear Readers,

We entered into the last year of the ECOPOTENTIAL project. In these last months we had a few key ECOPOTENTIAL publications, among which two are from the project’s storylines in Peneda Geres and in Negev. In this issue of the newsletter, the following papers are presented:

The Storyline fron Har Ha Negev, Israel:

Ohana-Levi N. et al: Time series analysis of vegetation-cover response to environmental factors and residential development in a dryland region. GIScience & Remote Sensing, 2018; doi: 10.1080/15481603.2018.1519093.

An article on the measure of B- diversity as a mean for evaluating biodiversity from remote sensing, by our associate researcher Duccio Rocchini:

Rocchini D. et al., Measuring β-diversity by remote sensing: A challenge for biodiversity monitoring. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(8), 1787-1798. Special issue Improving biodiversity monitoring using satellite remote sensing. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12941.

A paper on the seagrass mapping using Sentinel-2 and Google Earth engine; among the authors we see our scientists at FORTH (GR) D. Poursanidis and N Chrysoulakis:

Traganos D., Aggarwal B., Poursanidis D., Topouzelis K., Chrysoulakis N., Reinartz P. (2018). Towards Global-Scale Seagrass Mapping and Monitoring Using Sentinel-2 on Google Earth Engine: The Case Study of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Remote Sensing, 10(8), 1227. doi: 10.3390/rs10081227.

We also had a few relevant dissemination and communication events, addressing different communities: the EUROGEOSS Conference, the Policy briefing at the European Parliament and the EODESM software course for the staff of the Gran Paradiso National Park, plus a number of other presentations and participation to dissemination events.

Some other key events are foreseen in the next weeks, where ECOPOTENTIAL will play a major role and have a great visibility: the XV GEO Plenary meeting in Kyoto, Japan, where the side event: “Detecting and Analysing Changes and Future Scenarios in Protected Areas: from ECOPOTENTIAL to GEO ECO” will take place, and where ECOPOTENTIAL researchers will also be present in other sessions. Also, the ECOPOTENTIAL photo exhibition has been translated into Italian and will be shown at the most important science festival in Italy, the GENOVA Science Festival, with the title “A Glimpse from the Sky” (Uno sguardo dal cielo). Furthermore, Joan Masó (CREAF) has received the very important OGC Gardel Award from the Open Geospatial Consortium, also an important achievement for all the project!

Enjoy reading this 10th issue of the Newsletter and come to us with questions and comments to know more about our project and to be engaged in fruitful and intriguing discussions in this last project year!

Antonello Provenzale, National Research Council of Italy, Coordinator of ECOPOTENTIAL

A little detail of Montado, Portugal