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ECOPOTENTIAL: improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations

Healthy ecosystems are of crucial importance as they supply essential goods and services to human societies. These so-called ecosystem services provide, for instance, food, clean drinking water, protection against soil erosion or climate regulation. Furthermore, they are essential for meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) declared by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Including 47 partners and 23 protected areas which cover all biogeographic regions of Europe ECOPOTENTIAL is one of the largest EU funded projects on ecosystems. The main objective is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the state of and changes in ecosystem functions, processes and services, as well as to improve the management of protected areas. The project focus lies on integration of Earth Observation data from remote sensing (particularly Copernicus) and in situ measurements. All data – from remote sensing as well as in situ data – will be made available on common and open platforms, fully interoperable with the GEOSS Common Infrastructure. As an important provider for biodiversity data the Museum für Naturkunde with its Department „Science Data Management“ participates in two work packages of ECOPOTENTIAL focusing on in situ data. The Museum für Naturkunde possesses an excellent data infrastructure for providing scientific data. Therefore, a substantial contribution concerning data provision is made for the project itself as well as for future research projects in the field of biodiversity.


Click here for the list of the 47 partner organisations


01.06.2015 - 31.10.2019


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641762