Geoinformation in Environmental Management

Project title / Acronym Disentangling anthropogenic drivers of global change impacts on alpine plant species: Alps versus Mediterranean mountains / MEDIALPS
Source of funding Austrian Academy of Sciences<br>
Program and contract references Austrian Academy of Sciences Research Programm “Earth System Sciences”<br>
Date of approval and duration 03/2015 (29 months)
Project coordinator / partners Center for Global Change and Sustainability, University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)

Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research
University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography, LiDAR Research Group, Austria
University of Innsbruck, Institute of Botany, Austria
University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Biophore, Switzerland
University of Geneva, Laboratoire de Biogéographie and Fondation J.‐M. Aubert,Switzerland
University of Granada, Departamento de Botánica, Spain
University of Molise, Department of Biosciences and Territory, Italy
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece
Project summary The project aim at disentangling anthropogenic and natural factors underlying differential changes in plant species composition and richness observed on mountain summits in the European Alps and the Mediterranean. To this end, it will operate at two spatial scales. The first level constitute local mountains from the treeline to the summits where temperature, water potential and NO2 deposition are measured, and changes in species composition of high-mountain vegetation and grazing pressure are recorded. On the regional level it will compare topography, climate parameters and their projections into the future under different climate change scenarios, regional nitrogen deposition and major land-use changes


Project title / Acronym Global Change Impacts on Wildland Fire Behaviour and Uses in Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems, towards a «wall less» Mediterranean Wildland Fire Laboratory / MedWildFireLab
Source of funding Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (Greece)<br>
Program and contract references FORESTERRA Networking Actions<br>
Date of approval and duration 10/2014 (29 months)
Project coordinator / partners ISA-CEABN
Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto Superior de Agronomia,
 Centro de Ecologia Aplicada “Prof. Baeta Neves”,
Tapada da Ajuda 1349-017 LISBOA
T +351 213 653 333 ext 3333,
F +351 213 653 290

NIA-CIFOR Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria, Centro de Investigación Forestal/SPAIN
UCM-GPSF Universidad Complutense de Madrid Facultad Geografía e Historia, Departamento de Análisis Geográfico Regional y Geografía Física/SPAIN
UCLM-DES University of Castilla-La Mancha Department of Environmental Sciences/SPAIN
CEAM Fundación Centro de Estudios Ambientales dei Mediterráneo/SPAIN
Institut National de Recherche Forestière/ALGERIA
INRA-URFM Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique Centre de Recherche PACA, Unité de Recherche Ecologie des Forêts Mediterranéennes/FRANCE
UTAD-CITAB, (INRA-URFM’s subcontractor) Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Escola de Ciências Agrárias & Veterinárias/PORTUGAL
INRGREF-GVRF Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural Eaux et Forêts Gestion et Valorisation des Ressources Forestières/TUNISIA
DEM Hellenic Agricultural Organization Demeter Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology/GREECE
UAECO National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Sciences Department of Ecology and Systematics/GREECE
MAICh-GIEM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania/GREECE
IFFTC General Directorate of Forestry Regional Forestry Directorate of Antalya International Forest Fires Training Centre/TURKEY
CRA Consiglio per la ricerca e la sperimentazione in agricultura, Centro di ricerca per la selvicoltura/ITALY
CFRI Croatian Forest Research Institute/CROATIA
Project summary During the past thirty years, many research activities dealing with wildland fires in the Mediterranean region have been carried out; MedWildFireLab aims to capitalize existing knowledge, identify complementarities, overlaps, gaps and barriers for improving coordination and networking of the existing projects, networks and research infrastructures. Such information is crucial for developing new integrated management strategies, identifying needed changes in policies and future research needs.
The project counts on Bio-Physical, Chemical, Biological, Social and Human sciences, and it gathers development activities: Wildland-Urban Interfaces management, Prescribed Burning Uses and Wildland Fire-Fighters Training.
The objectives of MedWildFireLab, are: to develop an integrated Mediterranean forest information system as basis for fostering the cooperation and exchange of knowledge and know-how;  to work towards common concepts and vocabulary adapted to Mediterranean context;  to address the policy makers proposals and recommendations for up-dating wildland fire policies;  to support the transnational access to existing research networks and infrastructures towards a new transnational joint research structure willing to ensure a long-lasting cooperation in this field, the “wall less” Mediterranean Wildland Fire Laboratory.


Project title / Acronym Actions for the conservation of coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. in Crete and the South Aegean (Greece) / JUNICOAST
Source of funding EC: DG-Environment LIFE PLUS Nature 2007
Program and contract references LIFE07 NAT/GR/000296
Date of approval and duration 01/2009 (54 months)
Project coordinator / partners Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh)

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece

Region of Crete, Regional Development Fund of Crete (PTA) [Forest Directorate of Chania (FDC), Forest Directorate of Lasithi (FDL)] / Greece

Project summary


Coastal dunes with Juniperus spp. is a priority habitat (code: 2250*) of the Habitats Directive. Currently in Greece there is no documented evidence that active conservation measures have been implemented for the protection and restoration of this threatened habitat. This demonstration project will put into practice, test, evaluate and disseminate actions/methodologies that are unfamiliar to the Greek geographical, ecological and socio-economical context.

The distribution of these habitats in Greece is mainly confined to South of the country. This project will deal with all the known localities of the habitat in Greek Natura 2000 network in the regions of Crete and South Aegean. All the actions of this project will be carried out in all the Natura 2000 designated habitats of Crete comprising approximately 54 % of the total number of this habitat type in Greece. Additionally, dissemination actions will be carried out as well in the South Aegean providing the opportunity for the wider protection and restoration of this habitat.

The particular project sites in Crete have been selected for the demonstration aspect of this project due to their high ecological significance, the serious threats that demand immediate response, and their geographical distribution that allows preservation of high proportion of this habitat type (ecological coherence) by using rational financial means. Additionally, the sites in Crete are suitable for the demonstration purposes of this project as they are representative of the full range of habitat contextual characteristics and threats of all habitat localities in Greece.

Therefore, this project through its National multi-stakeholder communication strategy aims to promote similar concrete conservation actions in the South Aegean, disseminate the lessons learnt, promote and provide training of the trialled techniques and methods nationally, as well as raise public awareness ensuring the wider conservation of this priority habitat throughout Greece.


The primary aim of this project is to promote and enable the long term conservation of the coastal dune habitats with Juniperus spp in Greece. The specific objectives of the project are:

- To contribute to the consolidation and dissemination of a knowledge base for the protection, restoration, monitoring and evaluation of coastal dune with Juniperus spp. habitats in Greece.

- To understand, quantify and halt natural and anthropogenic threats that contribute to the long term degradation of this habitat.

- To design and implement actions for the protection and long term restoration of coastal dune with Juniperus spp. habitats.

- To provide support for better environmental governance in Natura 2000 sites through stakeholder involvement and training.


Project title / Acronym Forest cover change monitoring with PROBA-V: Potentials and limitations on European terrain / FM@PROBA-V
Source of funding Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO)
Program and contract references PROVA-V Preparatory Programme Contract CB/XX/12
Date of approval and duration 12/2010 (16 months)
Project coordinator / partners Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh)
  • European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL)
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh)
  • Joanneum Research (JR)
Project summary

The Forest cover change monitoring with PROBA-V: Potentials and limitations on European terrain (FM@PROBA-V) project, will evaluate and quantify the improvements in the products for forest monitoring offered by the upcoming PROBA-V satellite, bearing an improved version of the VEGETATION instrument. 

The improved spatial resolution is expected to allow for a more detailed mapping of the forested areas, as well as a more accurate discrimination between different forest types. A series of forest type mapping methodologies will be evaluated to determine the capability of PROBA-V in mapping forest types in five European biogeographical regions (Alpine, Atlantic, Boreal, Continental, and Mediterranean). 

The frequent revisit period of PROBA-V will still permit the monitoring of rapid events that cause changes to the forest cover, in the same fashion as SPOT-VEGETATION. The effects of the improved spatial resolution on the estimation of forest cover change will also be evaluated on each of the five biogeographical regions.


Project title / Acronym Electronic organisation of agricultural schools with geoinformation technologies for the promotion of convergent strategies in the management of rural regions, water resources and the environment in the South-Eastern Mediterranean / GI@MED
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 01/2009 (35 months)


Arid Land Agriculture Research and services Centre (ALARC), Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University, Cairo, EGYPT

Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), Cairo, EGYPT

Union of Producers and Exporters of Horticultural Crops (UPEHC), Giza, EGYPT

Project summary

GI@MED aims at the creation of a Greek-Egyptian bilateral axis for the promotion of applications of modern geoinformation technology in the sectors of Agriculture and the Environment in the South-eastern Mediterranean. The cooperation network between research Institutes and the development/ upgrade of digital infrastructures in Egypt will contribute in the better management of land, water resources, the follow-up of fields and the decision-making. The training and exchange of knowledge will benefit researchers and professionals, resulting in the capacity enhancement of the research institutions, government owned institutions and small to medium-sized enterprises. New working places of higher specialization will be created for young persons independent of gender. In the long run benefit will also reach the wider base of the rural population.


Last update: Sep 13, 2017

Geoinformation in Environmental Management