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Building Bridges between Earth observation and Environmental Sciences

Objective

Unprecedented human-induced changes in climate and biodiversity are increasingly threatening nature, human life, and well-being around the world. Earth Observation (EO) has become one of the most important methods for regularly obtaining standardised information about the Earth’s environment and is therefore essential for addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and other societal challenges. However, the full utilisation of EO is still limited. This is especially due to (1) a lack of experts in the field of EO with background in environmental sciences as well as (2) a lack of general awareness of the potential of EO in the field of environmental sciences or policy support and implementation. Universities play an essential role in bridging such knowledge and communication gaps by conducting research, developing new methods, and training new professionals. The proposed project (EarthBridge) aims to: (i) substantially increase the interdisciplinary research capacity of the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU) in the field of environmental EO; (ii) and to further improve the use of environmental EO tools by a wider community, through twinning with two internationally-leading universities: Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) in Germany, and Alma Mater Studiorum - Universitá di Bologna (UNIBO) in Italy. EarthBridge focuses on the development and application of environmental assessment methods for monitoring, restoration, and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, a research topic of high relevance to Europe. The project will benefit from ongoing research activities that will feed into it existing EO data. Ways to achieve the bridging will include staff exchanges; scientific training and training to prepare research proposals; organisation of summer school and scoping for a joint study programme; a synthesis project for early-career researchers; and involvement of regional/national institutions according to their needs or requirements.

Coordinator

CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE
Net EU contribution
€ 571 175,00
Address
Kamycka 129 Suchdol
165 00 Praha
Czechia

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Region
Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 571 175,00

Participants (2)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 319 100,00
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden

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Region
Sachsen Dresden Dresden, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 319 100,00
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 216 301,00
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 216 301,00