Thursday, July 26, 2012

Impressions from the MS.MONINA Summer School 2012

The second MS.MONINA Summer School organized by the University of Málaga and the Centrefor Geoinformatics took place from 9th to 14th of July 2012 in Málaga (Spain). The event was dedicated to the topic “EO-based biodiversity monitoring: From concepts to products” and brought together researchers and practitioners from 11 European countries. Asking one the participants about her impressions, she gave the following statement: “The Summer School was a very successful platform for interactive learning and exchange of experiences in remote sensing, GIS and nature protection in Europe with a focus on research activities within the MS.MONINA project”. 

It was an intense programme dealing with the European concept of biodiversity at the science-policy interface, the Habitats Directive and its monitoring and reporting requirements as well as the potential of remote sensing techniques to fulfill these. As indicated by the event title, there was a strong focus on ways to communicate with potential users of EO-based products, their requirements and the design of these products. 

A field trip to the Sierra Nevada National Park offered the opportunity to discuss with local experts about the potential of remote sensing techniques to monitor sensitive high-mountain habitats. The importance of the service provider-user relationship has also been emphasized by another participant: “I think this Summer School will enable us to get closer to our user community and thus produce information that can be more efficiently used in everyday nature conservation and monitoring”.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

GMES Academy Event in Salzburg

 The GMES4Regions Initiative kindly invites you for the GMES & Research Event organized in Salzburg on September 13 – 14 2012. Please find attached the save-the-date flyer for the event. We also enclose the “GMES Academy 1st circular” which provides an overview of the objective of the event. Please pass this information on to your network of contacts involved in Academia or Research Centres engaged with GMES and earthobservation.

For your information, on the second day there will be an information session on related 2013 FP7 calls.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

GI_Forum / AGIT proceedings now available via open access

Based on a longstanding cooperation with our media partners at Wichmann / VDE, current and (soon) past conference proceedings are now available online as open content via the new gis.point portal. This portal was launched on the first day of AGIT 2012, and will serve as an access point for publications and select media from the geospatial community served by Wichmann.

Congratulations to our media partners, for reaching this important milestone and reaching out to readers via readily accessible online media!