Improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations

Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth observations In the last decades, pollution, land use change, the introduction of alien species and climate change have caused serious threats to ecosystems’ integrity, bringing them sometimes on the edge of collapse and decreasing the quality of ecosystem services.

To counter this trend, we must develop management strategies based on our knowledge of ecosystems'changes and the pressures that cause them, using all available data and creating predictive models representing the complex interactions that connect living organisms and the environment, both on a local and continental scale.

The European H2020 project “Ecopotential: Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth observations”, aims at optimizing the use of last-generation remote sensing observations (in particular, the data provided by ESA’s Sentinel satellites) and field monitoring data to track the state of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and develop new predictive models combining information provided by satellites in a highly interdisciplinary way.

Point of contact at UniTrento

Professor Duccio Rocchini


  • National Research Council of Italy (CNR)
  • Università del Salento (UNILE)
  • EURAC Research (EURAC)
  • Donana Biological Station EBD-CSIC (CSIC)
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • University of Bayreuth (UBT)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • University of Leeds (UNIVLEEDS)
  • Environment Systems Limited (ESL)
  • University of Bucharest (UB)
  • Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente (ICETA)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
  • Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas (CERTH)
  • Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH)
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
  • Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA)
  • PSI Hydrobiological Institute OHRID (HIO)
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • ISPRA - Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA)
  • Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (POLIMI)
  • Center for Research in Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research - IISTA, Universidad de Granada (UGR)
  • Umweltbundesamt GMBH (EAA)
  • University of Potsdam (UP)
  • Museum für Naturkunde (MfN)
  • Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat (TdV)
  • Stichting Deltares (DELTARES)
  • Aratos Technologies S.A. (ARATOS)
  • Starlab Barcelona (STARLAB)
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)
  • Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
  • Klaipeda University (KU)
  • Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III (UPS)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Universitetet i Bergen (UiB)
  • Terradue UK Ltd. (UKT2)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology Zurich (ETH)
  • Agencia de Medio Ambiente y Agua (REDIAM)
  • University of Western Brittany (UBO)
  • University of Geneva (UNIGE)

Associate partner

  • University of Trento