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Biodiversity and change: New EU project kicks off in Jena

Mat Disney leading satellite observation work

Biodiversity and change: New EU project kicks off in Jena

On 19-21st May Dr. Mat Disney attended the kick-off meeting of an ambitious new EU-funded project, called BACI 2015-2019: Detecting changes in essential ecosystem and biodiversity properties – towards a Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index (BACI).

The project, awarded €3 million over 4 years, brings together experts in machine learning, satellite observation, ecosystem properties and biodiversity indicators, to develop a prototype 'early warning' system for biodiversity changes, linking space observations to ecosystem functions. BACI will aim to define and derive novel “Essential Biodiversity Variables”, which will enable users to interpret observed ecosystem and biodiversity changes more easily.

A second component of BACI consists of building a system that automatically detects critical transitions in ecosystems and attributes them to socioeconomic processes. One goal is to identify hotspots of change within key regions in Europe and Africa where different societal-ecological transformations might be attributable to environmental change.

Mat is leading Work Package 2, the satellite observation component of the project. This will provide the core requirement of timely and consistent spatial data to be used as input to the BACI analysis framework.

The 10 BACI consortium members met at the lead institute, the Max Plank Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany, to develop project plans and new collaborations.

Project website:

Work Package 2:

Kick-off press release from MPI Jena:


The BACI consortium

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