Newsletter n. 12 – ECOPOTENTIAL Project – April 2019

Dear Readers, We are approaching the conclusions of the ECOPOTENTIAL project and we are reaping the results of the project. This issue of the project newsletter is particularly rich of research results: three reviews of published papers and three models and algorithms available from the ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Laboratory. Both the papers and the models cover … Continue reading “Newsletter n. 12 – ECOPOTENTIAL Project – April 2019”

Effective use of Remote Sensing Data for Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands: a contribution from Tour du Valat to ECOPOTENTIAL

Ilse Geijzendorffer, Tour du Valat (FR) Effective management of protected areas is a real challenge to achieve under the impacts of global change, with governance styles and contexts differing between countries. Being able to make informed decision based on which measures are effective and where they should particularly be enforced helps both protected area managers … Continue reading “Effective use of Remote Sensing Data for Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands: a contribution from Tour du Valat to ECOPOTENTIAL”

How can we obtain high quality MODIS images by automatic selection?

Cristina Domingo, CREAF (ES) A review of the ECOPOTENTIAL paper: L. Pesquer, C. Domingo-Marimon, X. Pons (2019), “Spatial and spectral pattern identification for the automatic selection of high quality MODIS images”, Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 13(1), 014510. doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.13.014510. One of the favourite instruments of the Remote Sensing (RS) research community is the long-life MODIS (Moderate-resolution … Continue reading “How can we obtain high quality MODIS images by automatic selection?”

Is Landscape Affecting Carbon Cycling Processes in Mountain Forest Catchments?

Johannes Kobler, Environmental Agency of Austria – Austria A Review of the ECOPOTENTIAL paper:  Kobler, J., Zehetgruber, B., Dirnböck, T., Jandl, R., Mirtl, M., Schindlbacher, A. 2019. Effects of aspect and altitude on carbon cycling processes in a temperate mountain forest catchment. Landscape Ecology 34: 325-340. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-019-00769-z  Mountainous catchments are characterized by complex topographies, which cause … Continue reading “Is Landscape Affecting Carbon Cycling Processes in Mountain Forest Catchments?”

The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Lab – I:

A Tool for Raster maps of NDVI, Water Turbidity and Flood Masks from Remote Sensing data An interview with Javier Bustamante, EBD-CSIC, Spain In this interview with Javier Bustamante (CSIC, Spain) we present here a useful tool for deriving raster maps of NDVI, water turbidity and flood masks from remote sensing data developed by the … Continue reading “The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Lab – I:”

The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Lab – II:

INSTAR: An Agent-based Model for Forecasting and Managing Forest Pests An interview with María Suárez-Muñoz and Curro (Francisco) Bonet In this short interview the ECOPOTENTIAL scientists Francisco Bonet (University of Cordoba, formerly University of Grenada) and María Suárez-Muñoz (University of Grenada) are presenting the ecological model INSTAR, aimed to simulate the biological cycle of a Mediterranean … Continue reading “The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Lab – II:”

The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Lab – III:

Hydroperiod Estimation from Satellite-based Water masks Using the Hydromap Module from the ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Laboratory Ioannis Manakos, Georgios Kordelas, Marios Bakratsas, Kalliroi Marini CERTH (GR); Javier Bustamante, David Aragonés, Ricardo Díaz-Delgado, EBD-CSIC (ES) Hydroperiod is the length of time each location remains flooded throughout a year in seasonal wetlands. It is an important ecological parameter … Continue reading “The ECOPOTENTIAL Virtual Lab – III:”

ECOPOTENTIAL at the 2019 NASA LCLUC Spring Science Team Meeting

04/09/2019-04/11/2019, Washington DC, USA ECOPOTENTIAL results have been presented at the recent NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Spring Science Team Meeting, held in April (9th-11th) in Washington DC, USA, hosting presentations from and discussions among the LCLUC Science Team members funded for research by the NASA LCLUC program. Focus was a) on the use … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL at the 2019 NASA LCLUC Spring Science Team Meeting”

Detecting Invasive Species and Soil Quality Indexes by using Imaging Spectroscopy: two ECOPOTENTIAL related studies from Ben Gurion University presented at the 11th EARSeLSIG imaging spectroscopy workshop

06-08/02/2019, Brno, Czech Republic http://is.earsel.org/workshop/11-IS-Brno2019/ The 11th workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group on Imaging Spectroscopy has taken place in Brno, Czech republic, on February 06-08, 2019. The special interest group encourages international discussion among specialists working with innovative spectral Earth Observation technologies and organizes Workshop every two years (the last one was held in Zürich) and with … Continue reading “Detecting Invasive Species and Soil Quality Indexes by using Imaging Spectroscopy: two ECOPOTENTIAL related studies from Ben Gurion University presented at the 11th EARSeLSIG imaging spectroscopy workshop”

ECOPOTENTIAL at EuroMAB in Dublin

02-05/04/2019, Dublin On April 5, 2019 the ECOPOTENTIAL scientists Francesca Santoro (UNESCO) and Ghada el Serafy (Deltares) chaired the workshop: “Protecting & Promoting coastal & marine life: Practicalities for Marine Protected Areas & Stewardship” in the framework of the in EuroMAB2019conference,discussing the role of science in supporting sound marine and coastal management. EuroMAB 2019 is a biennial four-day … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL at EuroMAB in Dublin”

ECOPOTENTIAL in ESA’s Sentinel news – Samaria National Park

ECOPOTENTIAL project is on the ESA Sentinel news website once again (see news ECOPOTENTIAL in ESA’s Sentinel news– Gran Paradiso National Park). The article features Samaria National Park on Crete, Greece, where the ECOPOTENTTIAL scientists use Sentinel1 and 2 imagery to map the habitat for species of high conservation value, as endemic lizards. The Earth observation data are … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL in ESA’s Sentinel news – Samaria National Park”

ECOPOTENTIAL in ESA’s Sentinel news – Gran Paradiso National Park

Also the work of ECOPOTENTIAL project in Gran Paradiso National Park featured on the ESA Sentinel news website (ECOPOTENTIAL in ESA’s Sentinel news – Samaria National Park). The ESA article explores how we use Sentinel2 images in ECOPOTENTIAL to map the changes in mountain grasslands and snow cover in Italy’s oldest National Park. Both earth … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL in ESA’s Sentinel news – Gran Paradiso National Park”

New Storymap online – Discover Har HaNegev

All ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas encapsulate fascinating stories about their past, present and future, which fuel the project’s research. Telling those stories and sharing passion for the work we are doing is one of the goals of ECOPOTENTIAL. Now you have the chance to learn more about Har HaNegev Reserve in Israel through a new storymap … Continue reading “New Storymap online – Discover Har HaNegev”

Special Issue “Remote Sensing for Habitat Mapping” – Call for Papers

Deadline for manuscript submission: 31 January 2021 In the environmental policies, the mapping of natural and semi-natural habitats, in spatial planning, land management, and the designation of Protected Areas are increasingly required. Habitats are effective indicators of biodiversity and their periodic and consistent monitoring, in terms of extent, status, and changes can provide an effective … Continue reading “Special Issue “Remote Sensing for Habitat Mapping” – Call for Papers”

Special Issue “Remote Sensing in Ecosystem Modelling” – Call for Papers

Ecosystem models are fundamental for a deeper understanding of associated spatiotemporal dynamics. They also support the forecasting of ecological responses to future climate and land use changes, thus supporting relevant decision-making processes. Ecosystem modelling is challenging, given the complexity of natural ecosystems, since models need to consider several levels of environmental predictors and interplaying mechanistic … Continue reading “Special Issue “Remote Sensing in Ecosystem Modelling” – Call for Papers”