About the Project
Mapping Ecosystem Services from Earth Observations
About the project:
MaSOT aims to estimate ecosystem services (ES) using satellite earth observation (SEO) data in Mainland Portugal. The approach will enable the extension of the ES concept to include the influence of the spatial characteristics in ES bundles resulting in a more accurate estimation of ES than traditional ones. A baseline scenario to assess the changes in ES from a temporal perspective will be provided for the 1st time for Portugal based on SEO. Results will enable the characterization of ES for different purposes, such as biodiversity conservation and ES sustainable management.
The project will make a significant contribution to the ongoing scientific efforts to establish the best procedures to map and assess ecosystem services with remote sensing data. MaSOT results are of interest for stakeholders, such as the regional planning (e.g. Commission of Coordination for the Region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley) and forest and nature conservation agencies (e.g. Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests).