Newsletter n. 11 – ECOPOTENTIAL Project – Jan 2019

Dear Readers,

Welcome in this last year of the ECOPOTENTIAL project. 

The public interest on ECOPOTENTIAL project is growing more and more as shown by the recent events. ECOPOTENTIAL has gained visibility many events as in the XV GEO PLENARY in Kyoto, through the book “The Ever Growing Uses of Copernicus across Europe’s Regions” where 4 contributions are from ECOPOTENTIAL case studies, at the Science Festival in Genoa, Italy, where the Photo Exhibition “Spaced”, renamed in Italian “Uno sguardo dal cielo” (a glimpse from the sky) reached an audience of more than 2,000 visitors,; Our researcher Anna Spinosa received an award for best research presented by a young researcher at the Metrology for the Sea Workshop held in Bari, Italy, October.

In this issue, we present a few recently published ECOPOTENTIAL papers, spanning through very different subjects, all part of the complex framework of ECOPOTENTIAL: from the use of RS data in ecological models at local scale (A review, Pasetto et al. 2018)), to the detection of invasive species through Sentinel data (Tarantino et al., 2018) and their modelling ( to the analysis of socio-ecological systems in LTSER sites worldwide, including ECOPOTENTIAL protected areas (Holzer et al., 2018). 

We also announce a few important conferences for the ECOPOTENTIAL community: DIGITAL EARTH – Florence (24-27 Sept 2019, Deadline for Abstract Submission: January 31st, 2019, ILTER Open Science Meeting 2019 – Leipzig (2-6 Sept 2019 – deadline for abstract submission Feb 19), Living planet – Milan – May 13-17 2019, the annual meeting of the Special Interest Group Biogeography for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Frankfurt from May 9-10 2019.

Another important issue presented here is the “Plan S” initiative, launched on September 4th2018. Plan S is an initiative for open access publishing promoted by cOAlition S, a consortium launched by the European Research Council and other major European national research agencies. The plan requires scientists and researchers who benefit from the promoting state-funded research organisations and institutions to publish their work in open repositories and journals that are available to all by 2020, and it will represent an opportunity to design a roadmap for granting high quality open access publications. 

Enjoy reading this 11st 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 months!

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