Scientific infrastructure for monitoring biodiversity and its adaptation to global change in Andalusia 


Project summary

The INDALO project aims to study the biodiversity in different representative ecosystems of Andalusia, and to analyse their evolution to better understand the consequences of Global Change. Tools, equipment and networks monitoring, together with the necessary technology for the development of scientific tasks, will be made available to researchers in a common work environment so that managers and scientists can use and share information, favouring the transfer of the knowledge generated to relevant regional authorities to enhance biodiversity management measures. The INDALO infrastructure will act as an operational and integrating framework for scientific work including: 

  • The development of a Local Observatories Network in representative ecosystems of Andalusia as Thematic Centers of Reference, and
  • Supporting the LifeWatch ERIC e-infrastructure in terms of standards and connections for the exchange of information and establishment of virtual laboratories and services. 

    INDALO’s main objectives are: 

    • To orient the future of Andalusian R&D&I in biodiversity and ecosystems towards the use of the LifeWatch infrastructure. 
    • To promote the science-administrative management linkage. 
    • To link the entire Andalusian environmental knowledge system to LifeWatch in a federated manner. 
    • To stimulate the connection of Andalusian R&D&I with the EU. 
    • To attract the private sector to innovate from LifeWatch.

    Our role

    ETC-UMA is testing infrastructures and end-user friendly support tools to practicioners focusing on wetland management and protection.

    Our work concerns the wetland monitoring system with remote sensing data involving the design and development of a monitoring tool, including:

    • Delineation of Andalusian wetland areas building on their hydro-ecological boundaries.
    • Design and develop a monitoring and assessment tool in near real time building on pre-identified and pre-defined indicators, to allow wetland managers and  environmental administration bodies to calculate, visualize and extract relevant information on Andalusian wetlands.

    Main outputs

    Interactive web application 
    Spatial data on the wetland study area

    Methodological documentation and user guides

    Google Earth Engine code for the monitoring system and associated processing scripts 

    More about it

    Christoph Schröder

    Project coordination

    Based on my MSc in Geography (University of Bonn) I have developed expertise in Geographic Information Systems and land use/cover change analysis from local to global scale with particular interest in the Mediterranean...

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    Gabriel Martorell

    Data and remote sensing

    Gabriel graduated in Geography at the University of the Balearic Islands. He has joined ETC-UMA as part of his master's degree in GIS and Remote Sensing, where he supports the collection, development and analysis of digital thematic cartography...
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    Our partners

    Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua de Andalucía (AMAYA)  

    Consejería de Universidad, Investigación e Innovación through the Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento and LIFEWATCH Consortium (LIFEWATCH ERIC) 

    Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera de Andalucía, IFAPA 

    Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial INTA 

    Universidad de Almería 

    Universidad de Cádiz 

    Universidad de Huelva 

    Universidad de Jaén 

    Universidad de Málaga 

    Universidad de Sevilla 

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide 


    POPE 2014-2020 operational program (FEDER) - LIFEWATCH ERIC line of action. Co-financed by Feder funds, the Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Ministry of Sustainable Development in Spain

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