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Project aim

RestorEO aims at developing a quantitative, transparent and reliable monitoring system for biodiversity and ecosystem restoration. To do this, RestorEO will combine in-situ observations with Copernicus and other remote sensing data set for a wall-to-wall monitoring.

  • Project period:  2022-2024
  • Funding: Austrian Space Application Programme (ASAP) - FFG
  • Staff members: Manuela Hirschmugl (project management), Florian Lippl
  • Cooperation partners: Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Institute for Ecology (E.C.O.) und Environmental Agency Austria

Project description

RestorEO will employ Earth Observation (EO) data to support the National Restoration Plan for Austria. Following the European Green Deal (EGD) and the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), countries are obliged to report on their efforts to maintain and restore areas of high biological diversity. This will be further emphasized by the upcoming “EU Nature Restoration Law”. For this reporting, a quantitative, objective, transparent and reproducible monitoring concept and its implementation is needed. Currently, monitoring is realized based on sample points, which are regularly visited in the field. However, sample-based approaches also have significant shortcomings: The regional or local situation can differ significantly from the overall result. Therefore, local estimates are often unreliable and do not allow to draw appropriate conclusions for the application of measures on the local or regional level. Moreover, the field assessments are time consuming and costly. RestorEO will develop EO-based tools to generate wall-to-wall information for a quantitative monitoring of the status of important ecosystems. For the development and creation of a first prototype, three ecosystems were selected to be: Forest, wetlands and grassland-dominated cultivated landscapes. For all habitat types, indicators for degradation like removal of vegetation, soil sealing, change into another land cover / habitat type can be spatially explicitly classified and quantified. The overall aim is to support the public authorities both on the national and regional level with reliable quantitative data to generate the needed statistics and reports. Due to the spatially explicit nature of the generated results, also the local stakeholders such as national park managers will benefit for targeted measures on the ground.



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