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Antonio Sánchez

Environmental scientist, GIS and Remote Sensing specialist

Antonio Sánchez

Environmental scientist, GIS and Remote Sensing specialist


a_sanchez@uma.es

+34 951 952 905



Antonio has developed his career focused on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing tools, especially in the management and processing of data to calculate indicators and generate illustrative maps of environmental problems of all kind. His main area of work has been marine and wetlands related data, where he has produced the analysis of environmental pressures and sea-coast interactions in different sectors such as transport, fishing, tourism and energy among others, as well as the study of environmental data such as populations of marine species and protected areas. In the field of remote sensing, he has developed different products related to wetland ecosystems using Landsat and Sentinel images, such as land use/land cover maps, surface water dynamics, flood regulation and land use/land cover change indicators. He has also participated as a trainer in remote sensing for different wetland user organizations.

Antonio also works as freelance photographer, graphic and web designer for different companies and public institutions. The experience in this field is put into practice in the ETC-UMA, giving greater versatility to the team when it comes to producing dissemination material for both experts and the general public, as well as in the development and maintenance of web pages.

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Journal Articles

Potential contribution of OECMs to international area-based conservation targets in a biodiversity rich country, Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.

Potential contribution of OECMs to international area-based conservation targets in a biodiversity rich country, Spain Journal Article

In: Journal for Nature Conservation, vol. 62, 2021.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Protected areas

Land use and land cover mapping in wetlands one step closer to the ground: Sentinel-2 versus Landsat 8

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Schröder, C.

Land use and land cover mapping in wetlands one step closer to the ground: Sentinel-2 versus Landsat 8 Journal Article

In: Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 247, pp. 484-498, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Land and soil, SWOS, Wetlands

Wetland extent tools for SDG 6.6.1 reporting from the Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS)

Weise, K.; Höfer, R.; Franke, J.; Guelmami, A.; Simonson, W.; Muro, J.; O'Connor, B.; Strauch, A.; Flink, S.; Eberle, J.; Mino, E.; Thulin, S.; Philipson, P.; van Valkengoed, E.; Truckenbrodt, J.; Zander, F.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Schröder, C.; Thinfeld, F.; Fitoka, E.; Scott, E.; Ling, M.; Schwarz, M.; Kunz, I.; Thürmer, G.; Plasmeijer, A.; Hilarides, L.

Wetland extent tools for SDG 6.6.1 reporting from the Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) Journal Article

In: Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 247, 2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Climate Change, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, SWOS, Wetlands

Achieving Blue Growth through maritime spatial planning: Offshore wind energy optimization and biodiversity conservation in Spain

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Soukissian, T.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.

Achieving Blue Growth through maritime spatial planning: Offshore wind energy optimization and biodiversity conservation in Spain Journal Article

In: Marine Policy, vol. 73, pp. 8-14, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Blue Growth, Climate Change, Conservation and management, Pressures

Cumulative pressures and low protection: a concerning blend for Mediterranean MPAs

Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Schröder, C.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Rodríguez, J.

Cumulative pressures and low protection: a concerning blend for Mediterranean MPAs Journal Article

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol. 101, pp. 288-295, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Climate Change, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Guelmami, A.; Perennou, C.

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands Journal Article

In: Plos One, vol. 10, no. 3, 2015.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Wetlands

Proceedings

Herramientas de apoyo a la gestión de los humedales de Andalucía basadas en Google Earth Engine.

Martorell-Guerrero, G.; Marín, A. I.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Schröder, C.

Herramientas de apoyo a la gestión de los humedales de Andalucía basadas en Google Earth Engine. Proceedings

2023.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Climate Change, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Geotechnology, Groundwater, Pressures, Wetlands

Utility assessment in using optical and radar data to monitor surface water dynamic in wetland ecosystems, Fuente de Piedra, Spain (UMA)

Merkohasanaj, M.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Schroder, C.; Truckenbrodt, J.; Marín, A. I.

Utility assessment in using optical and radar data to monitor surface water dynamic in wetland ecosystems, Fuente de Piedra, Spain (UMA) Proceedings

Simposio del Agua en Andalucía (SIAGA), Huelva, 24 a 27 de octubre, 2018.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem services, Geotechnology, Groundwater, SWOS, Wetlands

Technical Reports

Pathways to coexistence between large cetaceans and maritime transport in the north-western Mediterranean region: Collision risk between ships and whales within the proposed north-western Mediterranean PSSA, including the Pelagos Sanctuary

Fortuna, C.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Podestà, M.; Panigada, S.

Pathways to coexistence between large cetaceans and maritime transport in the north-western Mediterranean region: Collision risk between ships and whales within the proposed north-western Mediterranean PSSA, including the Pelagos Sanctuary Technical Report

2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Maritime transport, Mediterranean sea

Mapping and assessment of the state of wetland ecosystems: A Mediterranean perspective

Trombetti, M.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Guelmami, A.; García, N.; Fitoka, E.

Mapping and assessment of the state of wetland ecosystems: A Mediterranean perspective Technical Report

2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation and management, Ecosystem services, Environmental conservation, Mediterranean sea, Protected areas, Wetlands

Marine mega fauna and litter in the Mediterranean: Overview of impacts in MedBioLitter

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; San-Román, S.; Vera, A.

Marine mega fauna and litter in the Mediterranean: Overview of impacts in MedBioLitter Technical Report

2022.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Marine litter, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures, Protected areas

SoED 2020 : State of Environment and Development in Mediterranean

UNEP-MAP,; Plan-Bleu,; Abdul-Malak, D.; Marín, A. I.; Schröder, C.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.

SoED 2020 : State of Environment and Development in Mediterranean Technical Report

2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures, Protected areas

Mediterranean biodiversity and marine litter: an interaction knowledge base

Guitart, C.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Valverde, C. Pérez; Bigagli, E.; San-Román, S.

Mediterranean biodiversity and marine litter: an interaction knowledge base Technical Report

2020.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Marine litter, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures

Enhanced wetland monitoring, assessment and indicators to support European and global environmental policy

Abdul-Malak, D.; Schröder, C.; Guitart, C.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Fitoka, E.; Hatziiordanou, L.; Mino, E.; Flink, S.; Silver, E.; Strauch, A.; Ling, M.; Brown, C.; Simonson, W.; Scott, E.; Plasmeijer, A.; Thulin, S.; Philipson, P.; Weise, K.; Höfer, R.; Franke, J.; Guelmami, A.

Enhanced wetland monitoring, assessment and indicators to support European and global environmental policy Technical Report

2019.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Ecosystem, Geotechnology, SWOS, Wetlands

Towards 2020: how Mediterranean countries are performing to protect their sea

Gomei, M.; Abdulla, A.; Schröder, C.; Yadav, S.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Rodríguez-Rodríguez, D.; Abdul-Malak, D.

Towards 2020: how Mediterranean countries are performing to protect their sea Technical Report

2019.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation and management, Environmental conservation, Marine protected areas, Mediterranean sea, Pressures, Protected areas

Presentations

Regional indicators to support forest ecosystem management in the Carpathian Mountains

Mancosu, E.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.

Regional indicators to support forest ecosystem management in the Carpathian Mountains Presentation

28.09.2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX | Tags: Conservation and management, Forest, Geotechnology, Land and soil, Protected areas

Mapping flood regulation capacity of coastal wetland ecosystems in the Mediterranean: Guadalhorce river mouth (Spain)

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Marín, A. I.

Mapping flood regulation capacity of coastal wetland ecosystems in the Mediterranean: Guadalhorce river mouth (Spain) Presentation

01.04.2016.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem services, Geotechnology, SWOS, Wetlands

Determination of wetland ecosystem boundaries and validation of habitat classifications using remote sensing: Fuente de Piedra (Spain).

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Schröder, C.; Martínez-Murillo, J. F.

Determination of wetland ecosystem boundaries and validation of habitat classifications using remote sensing: Fuente de Piedra (Spain). Presentation

01.01.2016.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Ecosystem, Geotechnology, Land and soil, SWOS, Wetlands

Póster proyecto SWOS. Simposio del Agua de Andalucía 2015 (SIAGA)

Schröder, C.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Andreo, B.

Póster proyecto SWOS. Simposio del Agua de Andalucía 2015 (SIAGA) Presentation

01.11.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: SWOS

Desarrollo de un indicador para el seguimiento de los niveles de inundación en humedales Mediterráneos. XVI Congreso de la Asociación Española de Teledetección (AET)

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Guelmami, A.; Perennou, C.; Martínez-Murillo, J. F.

Desarrollo de un indicador para el seguimiento de los niveles de inundación en humedales Mediterráneos. XVI Congreso de la Asociación Española de Teledetección (AET) Presentation

01.10.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Groundwater, SWOS, Wetlands

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands

Sánchez-Espinosa, A.; Abdul-Malak, D.; Guelmami, A.; Perennou, C.

Development of an Indicator to Monitor Mediterranean Wetlands Presentation

01.01.2015.

Links | BibTeX | Tags: Geotechnology, Wetlands

StrategyMedFor Presented at Annual Medforval Meeting 2024

StrategyMedFor Presented at Annual Medforval Meeting 2024

StrategyMedFor was prominently featured at the Annual Medforval Meeting 2024, held from June 5-7 in Fontecchio, Italy. The event brought together 25 practitioners  from national parks and natural reserves across 9 Mediterranean countries, providing a valuable platform for StrategyMedFor to ...
Celebrating leadership in environmental management: an interview with Dania Abdul Malak

Celebrating leadership in environmental management: an interview with Dania Abdul Malak

From designing integrated ecosystem assessments in Europe and the Mediterranean to transforming outcomes into evidence-based recommendations for regional stakeholders, the European Topic Centre on Spatial Analysis and Synthesis (ETC-UMA) stands as a flagship for territorial cooperation. At the forefront of ...
Job opening: Marine Research Support Officer

Job opening: Marine Research Support Officer

The European Topic Centre on Spatial Analysis and Synthesis (ETC-UMA) is an international center that develops and applies scientific knowledge and cutting-edge technology to address environmental issues and enhance the status of ecosystems at all spatial scales targeting various stakeholders ...
Save the date! Unlocking solutions for coastal conservation in Europe

Save the date! Unlocking solutions for coastal conservation in Europe

How can coastal wetlands respond to major European Union objectives such as climate neutrality, biodiversity protection, and pollution reduction? What key role do coastal wetlands play in achieving EU commitments for climate mitigation and biodiversity conservation? The European Topic Centre ...
Towards a Strategy for the Sustainable Management of Mediterranean Forests (StrategyMedFor)

Towards a Strategy for the Sustainable Management of Mediterranean Forests (StrategyMedFor)

The StrategyMedFor project, co-financed by the Interreg Euro-MED programme, was launched at the University of Malaga during a two day meeting that took place on March 18 and 19, 2024. The European Topic Centre on Spatial Analysis and Synthesis (ETC-UMA), ...
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