The 9th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium

1-13 January, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The 9th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 11-13 January, 2017, will address the theme of Earth Observations Supporting the Implementation of the SDGs in the Asia Pacific Region. The Symposium is being organized by Japan GEO and the GEO Secretariat, with the support of Japan’s … Continue reading “The 9th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium”

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services – Science in action

6-7 February 2017, Sofia, Bulgaria The conference aims to bring together researchers from different countries to discuss the scientific aspects of mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services. It will be focused on the methods for mapping of ecosystem services, the challenges and problems of their implementation in the national assessments related to MAES. … Continue reading “Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services – Science in action”

ESA World Cover 2017 Conference

14 – 16 March 2017 – Frascati, Italy The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference. The event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 14 to 16 March 2017. The conference is open to Land Cover users, scientists, students, representatives from National, European and International Space Agencies, … Continue reading “ESA World Cover 2017 Conference”

RSCy2017 — Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-Information of the Environment

20 – 23 March 2017, Paphos, Cyprus In the past 4 years, the RScy2013, RSCy2014, RSCy2015 and RSCy2016 conferences have been extremely successful and included experts in the fields of remote sensing and geo-information from over 40 different countries every year. The conference sessions and workshops include presentations regarding the state-of-the-art methods and innovative projects … Continue reading “RSCy2017 — Fifth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geo-Information of the Environment”

European Geosciences UnionGeneral Assembly 2017

23–28 April 2017, Vienna, Austria The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts … Continue reading “European Geosciences UnionGeneral Assembly 2017”

IUFRO 8.01.02 Landscape Ecology Conference 2017

24-29 September 2017, Halle (Germany) The International Union of Forest research Organisation will hold a conference with the theme “The Green-Blue Nexus: Forests, Landscapes and Services” which aims to address to what extent and how the status of any particular forest ecosystem and its temporal dynamics, should be included in the overall assessment of ecosystems and … Continue reading “IUFRO 8.01.02 Landscape Ecology Conference 2017”

Wadden Sea and Dutch Delta: so many habitats in a unique environment in the heart of Europe deliver many fundamental ecosystem functions and services

Alex Ziemba and Myra van der Meulen, Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands In the first issue of ECOPOTENTIAL newsletter, the Wadden Sea has been briefly introduced, touching upon the various elements which make it such a unique region worthy of Protected Area status under UNESCO and other international guidelines. Here we delve deeper into the important … Continue reading “Wadden Sea and Dutch Delta: so many habitats in a unique environment in the heart of Europe deliver many fundamental ecosystem functions and services”

Curonian Lagoon and Danube Delta: two wetlands to be discovered

ECOPOTENTIAL deals with an array of targeted protected areas that cover all the biogeographic regions of Europe. A number of them are wetland coastal areas that provide habitat for so many species, including migratory birds. For each protected area in ECOPOTENTIAL, the partners are defining a number of narratives (the storylines), which contextualize the overall … Continue reading “Curonian Lagoon and Danube Delta: two wetlands to be discovered”

Discover a Protected Area: Curonian Lagoon and Spit (Lithuania-Russian Federation)

Artūras Razinkovas-Baziukas, Rasa Morkūnė, Tomas Ruginis and Ramūnas Povilanskas – Klaipėda University, Klaipėda, Lithuania  Come and visit the Curonian Lagoon, and enjoy very varied landscapes and many and diverse ecosystems, where you can enjoy ice fishing in winter or bird-watching in all seasons. The Curonian lagoon is the largest coastal lagoon in Europe and it … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: Curonian Lagoon and Spit (Lithuania-Russian Federation)”

Discover a Protected Area: The Danube Delta

Constantin Cazacu (1), Mihai Cristian Adamescu(1), Mariasilvia Giamberini (2) (1) University of Bucharest, Department of Systems Ecology and Sustainability, Independentei 91 – 95, 050095, Bucharest, Romania; (2) Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy.  Did you know that the Danube River is the most international river of the world? Its basin … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: The Danube Delta”

Monica Turner: a scientist devoted to Ecology

Monica Turner is Professor of Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of the Ecological Society of America for 2015-2016. She is renowned for her work at Yellowstone National Park since the large fires of 1988. She is author of more than 300 publications and of many books, among which we mention “Landscape Ecology … Continue reading “Monica Turner: a scientist devoted to Ecology”

Climatic Representativeness of ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas

Carl Beierkuhnlein1, Samuel Hoffmann1 & Antonello Provenzale2 1Dept. of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Germany 2Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy The call launched by the European Union in 2014 asked proposals to “…provide a full picture of the state and temporal evolution of ecosystems in existing internationally recognised protected … Continue reading “Climatic Representativeness of ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas”


Carlos Guerra and Henrique Pereira 1,2,3 1 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig (DE) 2 Institute of Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg 3 Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Over the last few centuries, the world’s cultural and natural landscapes have changed profoundly due to the intensification of impacts of … Continue reading “WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL VARIABLES?”