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Institute: Institute of Landscape Ecology

European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity - 2019-2021
Európske tématické centrum pre ekologickú diverzitu - 2019-2021
Program: Bilateral - other
Project leader: RNDr. Halada Ľuboš CSc.
Annotation:ETC BD is a project of the European Environmental Agency. EEA‐ETC/BD work over the period 2019‐2021 will be largely framed on global level by the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Strategic Plan for 2011‐2020 and at EU level by the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. These policy elements are fully integrated in the EEA Multi‐annual Work Programme 2014‐2018 extended to 2020, which determine the ETC BD work plan. The ETC BD activities will be done in 5 work packages. WP1 (Monitoring, data, management and information systems) addresses the organisation of dataflows and the management of core datasets which will either directly feed the policy process or/and underpin the production of indicators and assessments. WP2 (Indicators) mainly addresses work to be done by ETC/BD as part of the SEBI collaborative process (Streamlined European Biodiversity Indicators). WP3 (Assessments) over the next period will be largely framed by targets 1 and 2 of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. The evaluation of progress towards target 1 and its supporting actions will make use of information reported by Member States under the Nature Directives. A major piece of EEA‐ETC/BD work will be the preparation of the State of Nature report, to be published by end 2020. WP4 (Networking and policy support) covers networking with national authorities and experts under policy processes, whether at EU, pan‐European or global levels. WP5 is focused to the ETC BD management, capacity‐building and cross‐ETC cooperation.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2021

Sentinel 2 based support of forest disturbance mapping and monitoring
Mapovanie a monitoring poškodenia lesných porastov s podporou satelitných produktov Sentinel 2.
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Mgr. Halabuk Andrej PhD.
Annotation:Existing forest geospatial decision support system will be improved by functionality for monitoring of forest status and disturbances with use of timely Sentinel2 satellite images and derived products. Specific technological objectives are: 1. Development of analytical tools for assessment of forest status and disturbance using Sentinel2 products 2. Development data collection and visualization services for web and mobile platforms of forestry GIS system 3. Operationalization of Sentinel2 based forest disturbance mapping for regional forestry sector The products and services will be implemented, thoroughly tested and verified in Orava forest administration district according to requirements of already identified customer. The end goal and final customer benefits will be:  early identification of changes in forest health and forest disturbances  prevention of larger forest disturbance and damages by timely forest management measures  minimizing of the management costs and optimization of field work for monitoring
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2020

Inter-institutional single framework contract for the provision of support for the monitoring of LIFE projects, communication about the LIFE programme and other related activities
Multi-inštitucionálny rámcový kontrakt na poskytovanie podpory pre monitorovanie LIFE projektov, komunikáciu o LIFE programe a iné súvisiace aktivity
Program: Multilateral - other
Project leader: Mgr. Bezák Peter PhD.
Annotation:The NEEMO contract is focused mainly on monitoring of quality and professional and financial correctness of implementation of the EU co-funded projects of the LIFE programme in strands Nature, Environment and Climate Action. These projects support the enhancement of Natura 2000 network through concrete conservation actions, deal with various environmental issues or climate change adaptation and mitigation. Monitoring experts regularly check the implementation of projects in the field or beneficiaries’ premises, evaluate submitted project reports and provide any other required support related to the LIFE programme to the European Commission (DG Environment and EASME).
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

Optical synergies for spatiotemporal sensing of scalable ecophysiological traits (SENSECO).
Optické synergie pre priestorovo-časové snímanie škálovateľných ekofyziologických znakov (SENSECO).
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Halabuk Andrej PhD.
Annotation:Timely information about the landscape and vegetation significantly determine the quality of decision making in agriculture and forestry sector. Furthermore, spatio-temporal modelling of response and adaptability of agro-ecosystems to climate change and weather extremes supported by remote sensing is high on the agenda because of its significant social impact at national, European and international level. An integrated approach involving various scientific disciplines is crucial for this kind of research. Based on the newly built laboratories (laboratory of field measurements, laboratory of UAV and Earth Observation) Institute of Landscape Ecology (ILE SAS) is focused on the development of innovative remote sensing algorithms and spatio-temporal modelling of status of agro-ecosystems and vegetation at different scales (from plot level through the farm level, region level to the entire territory of Slovakia). Its development has been especially pronounced after the availability of new optical satellite data with better spectral and temporal resolution (Landsat 8, MODIS, Proba-V, Sentinel 2 and Sentinel3) that allow timely nationwide indicators of the condition of vegetation and land surface. ILE SAS has a great tradition of applied remote sensing in relation to assessment of vegetation response to climate change. ILE SAS has the ambition of enhancing research on this topic, based on historical research in applied remote sensing and GIS in vegetation ecology, ecosystem research and spatio-temporal modelling of vegetation. Within the proposed COST action ILE SAS will be mainly focused in development of standardized operating procedures and quality assurance methodologies based on short term missions within WG1 and inter-comparison exercises in WG2 both at field sites and in referenced laboratories in order to close the both scaling gap (WG1) and temporal gap (WG2).
Duration: 4.5.2018 - 23.10.2022

Solutions for climate-smart land use in the dry steppes of Russia - CLIMASTEPPE
Riešenia pre klimaticky vhodné poľnohospodárstvo v suchých stepných oblastiach Ruska - CLIMASTEPPE
Program: ERANET
Project leader: Mgr. Lieskovský Juraj PhD.
Annotation:The Russian dry steppes is a region where the negative impacts of climate change are heavily projected. Also, it is a region where adoption of climate-smart agriculture may allow reducing the negative impacts of climate change, cut the Greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and result in defragmentation of steppes. After 1991 economy restructuring resulted in massive agricultural land abandonment and the restoration of steppes. Recent plans about recultivation of steppes underscore the importance to evaluate the trade-offs between agricultural expansion and ecosystem services. The ultimate goal of the project is to assess the ability of the Russian dry steppes to mitigate negative projections of climate change by adopting climate-smart agriculture.
Duration: 1.4.2018 - 31.3.2021

Danube River Research and Management in Slovakia and Austria
Výskum a manažment rieky Dunaj na Slovensku a v Rakúsku
Program: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Project leader: Mgr. Kenderessy Pavol Ph.D.
Annotation:The aims are to establish joint research facilities, to enhance knowledge transfer and to develop innovative monitoring and modelling tools in the SK-AT border region. By enhancing knowledge transfer and capacity building between research bodies and universities, the project will lead to an improved cooperation and exchange of expertise between research and innovation actors using newly constructed and upgraded research infrastructures (RI). New monitoring stations as well as innovative monitoring techniques (e.g. operative boat) and modelling tools concerning hydrodynamics, sediment transport, morphodynamics, ecological parameters and remote sensing technologies in river and wetland science will lead to high quality and comparable data derived at the Danube River in the project reaches (cross border region and adjacent reaches). A guidance document of monitoring and modelling tools will be published and available for the target groups. In SK (VÚVH) the hydraulic engineering laboratory (discharge 1,5 m³/s) will be modernized and upgraded according to the state of the art together with laboratory of geoinformatics and advanced river remote sensing (ILE SAS). In AT a hydraulic engineering laboratory will be constructed with 10 m³/s free flowing discharge. By using these RIs, the scientific basis for improving the Danube river management between Vienna and Bratislava will be developed, being available for target groups working in navigation, flood risk management, ecology, hydropower and drinking water supply. Furthermore, a close exchange of undergraduate and doctoral students and teachers between BOKU, VUVH and ILE SAS will be initiated and the research facilities will be jointly used for common teaching and research activities, also beyond the lifetime of the project.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2020

The total number of projects: 6