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Use of EO in Monitoring and Management of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas

Ghada El Serafy

(Submission #375)


Marine and Coastal ecosystems provide essential goods and services to human societies. In the last decades, anthropogenic pressures caused serious threats to ecosystem integrity, functions and processes, potentially leading to the loss of essential ecosystem functions and services. The use of the EO in effective knowledge-based conservation, management and restoration policies is presented. To improve ecosystem benefits in face of increasing pressures, a new unified framework for effective monitoring and management of protected areas (PA) based on the use of Earth Observation (EO) is achieved which is a significant progress beyond the state-of-the-art. The framework includes the blending of EO from remote sensing and field measurements, data analysis and modelling of current and future ecosystem conditions and services. Existing data are mined and new measurements are designed to achieve maximum benefits from investments in earth observation. New modelling approaches including information from EO data is developed, ecosystem services in current and future conditions are assessed and the requirements of future protected areas are established Results are INSPIRE compliant and available to scientists, policy makers, citizens and societal groups of stakeholders. Open and interoperable access to data and knowledge will be assured by a GEO Ecosystem Virtual Laboratory Platform, fully integrated in GEOSS. The unified framework applied in several marine and coastal protected areas such as the Wadden Sea are showcased.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   No
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   Use of EO, Protected areas, coastal monitoring

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