8th European Coastal Lagoons Symposium

20 – 23 March 2018, Athens, Greece The 8th European Coastal Lagoons Symposium will take place in Athens, Greece, from 20 – 23 March 2018, organized by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. The lagoon ecologists are invited to join for a fruitful and stimulating symposium to be held in a collaborative atmosphere in the … Continue reading “8th European Coastal Lagoons Symposium”

18th Conference of Goose Specialist Group

27 – 30 March 2018, Klaipėda, Lithuania The 18th Conference of Goose Specialist Group will take place on 27 – 30 March 2018 in Klaipėda, Lithuania. The event will be hosted by the Klaipeda University and Baltic Valley, on behalf of the Goose Specialist Group. The conference program will include three days of plenary talks … Continue reading “18th Conference of Goose Specialist Group”

MicroRad 2018

27 – 30 March 2018, Massachusetts, USA The 15th Specialist Meeting on Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment (MicroRad 2018) will be held from 27 to 30 March 2018 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. MicroRad 2018 is an international forum for presenting recent achievements in instrumentation and … Continue reading “MicroRad 2018”

ESA advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere

11 – 16 June 2018, Longyearbyen, Svalbard As part of the Earth Observation (EO) Science for Society – Scientific Exploitation element of EOEP-5 program, the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising an advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere, devoted to train the next generation of scientists and specialists to exploit EO data … Continue reading “ESA advanced training course on remote sensing of the Cryosphere”

Joint EARSeL LULC & NASA LCLUC Workshop: Land-Use/Cover Change Drivers, Impacts and Sustainability within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

11-12 July 2018, Chania, Crete, Greece The 3rd EARSeL NASA LCLUC Workshop will take place in Chania, Greece, 11th-12th July, 2018. It will focus on water, food and sustainability research supported by Earth Observations and derived remote sensing products. The workshop will address innovative research on the relationships amongst natural processes (e.g. biogeochemical and hydrologic … Continue reading “Joint EARSeL LULC & NASA LCLUC Workshop: Land-Use/Cover Change Drivers, Impacts and Sustainability within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus”

Dear Readers,  ECOPOTENTIAL has entered its third year of activity and we are now starting to harvest and exploit the results obtained so far, including a number of publications and concrete products that are being delivered. We also started building an Ecosystem Community of Practice, thanks to  the Protected Area meeting that took place in … Continue reading “”

Fire in the pine forests of Moguer, Asperillo and Abalario (Doñana Natural Area)

Guyonne Janss and Javier Bustamante, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC, Seville (E) On the night of last June 24, a dramatic fire broke out in the pine forests of Moguer (Huelva Province, Spain), spreading during all night and day of Sunday 25 with varying winds from West to Northwest to the interior of the Protected Area … Continue reading “Fire in the pine forests of Moguer, Asperillo and Abalario (Doñana Natural Area)”

A new Free and Open Source tool for semi-automatic landscape analysis

Duccio Rocchini, University of Trento, Italy The University of Trento, a new associate partner of ECOPOTENTIAL, is part of a research group developing a new tool for the analysis of land use spatial patterns in a semi-automatic manner. The tool, called r.pi and developed under the Free and open Source Software GRASS GIS, allows to … Continue reading “A new Free and Open Source tool for semi-automatic landscape analysis”

Climate change and forest fires

Antonello Provenzale, Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, CNR-IGG, Pisa, Italy The danger of forest fires in Mediterranean regions is expected to increase in coming decades, owing to drier climatic conditions in summer. A recent study lead by Marco Turco of the University of Barcelona and developed in the framework of ECOPOTENTIAL by Antonello Provenzale … Continue reading “Climate change and forest fires”

Estimating invasion of non native trees with satellite data in Protected Areas

Antonio T. Monteiro (1), João Gonçalves (1), Rui F. Fernandes (2) , Susana Alves (3), Bruno Marcos (1), Richard Lucas (4), Cláudia Santos (1), Salvador Arenas (1),  Ana Cláudia Teodoro (3,5) and João P. Honrado (1) (1) InBIO/CIBIO – Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Laboratory, Universidade do Porto, Campus Agrário de Vairão, … Continue reading “Estimating invasion of non native trees with satellite data in Protected Areas”

Cutting-edge research science in the schools? It is possible, oh yes!

Elisa Palazzi, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC), Torino, (I) Have you ever thought about writing a science article for kids? If the answer is “yes!” the “Science Journal for Kids” could be the solution. The Science journal for kids (http://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/) is a non-profit open access academic journal tailored for children and teenagers. By … Continue reading “Cutting-edge research science in the schools? It is possible, oh yes!”

South African National Parks Scientific Services: The learning hub of Kruger National Park

Izak Smit, South African National Parks Kruger National Park (KNP) has a long history of science, with the first research unit established in the Park in the 1950s. This function has grown over the years in number, location and influence, with Scientific Services currently comprising of 90 colleagues (including 40 scientists, 22 biotechnicians and 28 … Continue reading “South African National Parks Scientific Services: The learning hub of Kruger National Park”

Discover a Protected area: Samaria National Park

Dimitris Poursanidis, FORTH, Institute of Applied & Computational Mathematics, Crete (GR) The Remote Sensing Lab of FORTH (http://rslab.gr), under the framework of the ECOPOTENTIAL project, carries on scientific research about Samaria National Park (figure 1) as one of the 254 selected National Parks across the European territory and Beyond.   By using the state of … Continue reading “Discover a Protected area: Samaria National Park”

Application of Earth Observation tools in Protected Areas in Europe workshop

Magnus Andresen, UN Environment, Vienna (A) In early May, around 60 Protected Area representatives and ECOPOTENTIAL colleagues from across Europe and beyond gathered in the Regional Natural Reserve “San Rossore – Migliarino – Massaciuccoli” in Pisa, Italy to see how ECOPOTENTIAL Earth Observation tools, such as satellite imagery and ecosystem models, can best contribute the … Continue reading “Application of Earth Observation tools in Protected Areas in Europe workshop”