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MS. Monina

Multi-scale Service for Monitoring NATURA 2000 Habitats of European Community Interest

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MS.MONINA offers remote sensing based monitoring services for observing and managing the state of NATURA 2000 sites and other precious habitats to reduce the loss of biodiversity.

New concepts and methods combining earth observation (EO) data and in-situ data are defined and implemented with the aim to support public authorities in implementing policies and measures. Pilot applications in a range of study areas all over Europe will demonstrate the value and importance of monitoring for the conservation of biodiversity.

The project extends up to three levels: local site managers, regional and national users and European stakeholders. Bearing in mind the goal of the project: to supply habitat mapping and habitat information/indicators, mainly required by the habitats directive, the project proposes different approaches based on the different user needs. At site level, Very High Resolution (0.5m) and Hyperspectral images will be used to derive habitats. At national level, habitats identification is based on coarser imagery (5m) and also deriving information from outside the protected areas using modelling techniques.

UMA work is focused on the user activities at the three proposed levels. The team promotes the cooperation among users and service providers, support the user workshops and create the links between user needs and technological developments of the project. Moreover, UMA supported the supported the development of the MS.MONINA Summer School 2012 “EO-based biodiversity monitoring: From concepts to products”. It took place in Malaga (Spain) from 9th to 14th of July 2012.


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