ECOPOTENTIAL – “Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits through Earth Observation” is a new research project funded by the European Union within the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, led by Dr. Antonio Provenzale of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
The main goal of the project is to make Earth Observation and Monitoring Data usable for modelling of ecosystems and their services. Investigation areas include 9 world heritage sites, 14 national parks, 12 biosphere reserves and 16 large Natura2000 sites. Additionally, large marine ecosystems such as the Carribbean or the Mediterranean will be analysed. Locations range from Abisko in the far north to Samaria Gorges in Crete and from Danube Delta in the East to Donana in the West. The project is focused on highly diverse but also vulnerable ecosystems such as mountain ranges, arid lands and coastal ecosystems.