In this issue
- SWOS News:
- Ecosystem monitoring experts meet in Munich to test SWOS tools
- SWOS at the Ramsar African Regional Preparatory Meeting
- Interview with Tobias Salathé on SWOS project
- Wetland managers and scientists review the SWOS portal
- SWOS at the 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum
- Papers published:
- Huge potential of satellite-based wetland monitoring recognized at UNFCCC COP23 side event in Bonn
- Wetland Monitoring Workshop in United Arab Emirates
- SWOS Project Overview
- SWOS Products and Mapping Components
- Upcoming Events
SWOS at the Ramsar African Regional Preparatory Meeting
Interview with Tobias Salathé on SWOS project
Wetland managers and scientists review the SWOS portal
Thank you to all users!
The SWOS team would like to thank all respondents for taking the time to provide valuable feedback. We took note of all feedback and recommendations. Many of the suggestions will be integrated in the upcoming version of the SWOS portal. Other ideas will be saved for future development, as not all changes can be accommodated during the lifetime of this project.
– Lake Manzala Engineered Wetland a Successful Model for the Mediterranean Sea Protection, Egypt
– Albufera de Valencia: semi-urban wetland under ecological recovering process in Spain
– Characterization of the issue of ecological waters demand: strategic orientations and action plans for pilot sites in Tunisia
SWOS project was introduced by SEMIDE as a monitoring tool for wetlands management during the session and it was also presented to a wider audience during the last day at the conclusions and wrap up session. Further information is available on the SWOS website.
– ‘Mapping Mediterranean Wetlands With Remote Sensing: A Good-Looking Map Is Not Always a Good Map’
– ‘Practical solutions for bottlenecks in ecosystem services mapping’
SWOS is a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission to assist wetland practitioners (managers, policy-makers, scientists) with wetland monitoring and with reporting obligations for environmental policies at different scales. The project started officially on June 1st, 2015 for a period of three years. SWOS is a collaboration between 7 European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
SWOS will deliver mapping products and indicators derived from Earth Observation data. Six main products will be prepared for service demonstration in sites covering more than 19 countries in 3 continents. The main targeted products are Inventory and Delineation, Water Quality (status and trends), Land Use/Land Cover Mapping and changes, Land Surface Temperature change, Soil moisture and Surface Water Dynamics. Some examples of applications can be viewed online:
- Monitoring of long term changes of the Dead Sea water table;
- Monitoring of short term changes of wetland characteristics at Azraq Oasis in Jordan;
- Daily large scale monitoring of NDVI-greenness in Greece; and
- Monitoring of changes in mean chlorophyll concentration in the Camargue region in France.
For further information, please check SWOS website.
- 27th-28th March 2018, Mapping water bodies from space 2nd Conference, ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Rome – Italy (link)
- 16th-18th May 2018, the 4th edition of the Tour du Valat Conference for Young Scientists on Conservation Sciences in the Mediterranean Region, Tour du Valat, Arles – France (link)
- 28th May – 1st June 2018, The 15th International Conference on Space Operations, Marseille-France (link)
- 4th-22nd June 2018, Wetlands, integrated water resources management and food security, the Netherlands (link)
- 30th September – 4th October 2018, 16th International Conference of the IWA Specialist Group on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, Valencia-Spain (link)
- 21st – 29th October 2018, 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13), Dubai, United Arab Emirates (link)
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“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 642088. The contents of this newsletter are the sole responsibility of SWOS Consortium and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”