Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits through Earth Observations
Healthy ecosystems provide essential goods and services to human societies and are of crucial importance for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent advances in Earth Observation data (Remote Sensing and in situ measurements) offer new opportunities to monitor the state of and changes in ecosystem functions, processes and services, and the pressures they face.
ECOPOTENTIAL focuses its activities and pilot actions on a targeted set of internationally recognized Protected Areas in Europe and beyond, including mountain, arid and semi- arid, and coastal and marine ecosystems. The project aims to deliver products of Earth Observation data to understand and monitor changes to ecosystems and support the effective management of these Protected Areas.
GRID-Arendal plays an important role in communicating the project and its results, as well as encouraging dialogue and interaction, between the project and European policy makers, protected area managers and the general public. In 2017, we will be working on a variety of different products, including developing a photography exhibition, rolling out a few storymaps explaining innovative approaches that ECOPOTENTIAL is using in earth observation, and encouraging further interaction between PA managers and scientists through interactive workshops.
The project highlights both the challenges and the solutions for sound waste management in mountain regions.
The University of the Arctic is a cooperative network of more than 170 universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations.
Nunataryuk is a Horizon 2020 project which investigates the impact of permafrost thaw in Arctic coastal areas .
We are coordinating the development of a Rapid Response Assessment to assess critical research gaps related to Arctic coastal permafrost.
Analysis of Ecosystem Services and Earth Observation Capacity and Needs by ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas