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Seminar by M. Neteler, 17 January 2012

May 4, 2012 Leave a comment

The ENEA Technical Unit for Sustainable Development and Agro-industrial Innovation (UTAGRI) organized a seminar on “Geographic Free and Open Source Software for remote sensing and GIS: a toolbox for the GlobalChangeBiology project” by Dr. Markus Neteler, head of the GIS and Remote Sensing Unit at Fondazione Edmund Mach (Trento, Italy). The seminar highlighted a wide range of applications implemented via open source software such as remote sensing of biophysical parameters, landscape analysis, environmental modeling, geostatistics, geomorphology, machine learning, management of emerging infectious diseases, and others. Thanks to the GlobalChangeBiology project, ENEA deploys a unique technology in Europe that provides a sound scientific platform for laying out effective response strategies to global change in agriculture. Open source geospatial software is key to achieving a major goal of the GlobalChangeBiology project, namely to link agroecosystem analysis with remote sensing data so as to bridge the gap between bottom-up and top-down GIS approaches for assessing on-ground ecosystem-level problem.

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Agroeocological management of invasive species

May 4, 2012 Leave a comment

During a meeting of the Italian National Academy of Entomology held in Florence on 18 February 2012, Luigi Ponti delivered a public lecture titled “Management of invasive species in the frame of an agro-ecological vision: the case study of Tuta absoluta (Meyrick)”. The talk was part of a workshop on T. absoluta where Italian research stakeholders reported on this major invasive pest problem for the Mediterranean Basin. Dr. Ponti’s talk focused on how physiologically-based weather-driven demographic models (CASAS models) integrated into a GIS may aid ecologically-based management of invasive species such as T. absoluta by sorting out the complexity of the global change biology involved. Examples of how invasive species can be assessed in the frame of an agro-ecological vision were provided and prospective applications to T. absoluta outlined along with common misunderstanding about invasive species that may be clarified using the modeling approach of the GlobalChangeBiology project.

Indice di rischio invasioni biologiche (da http:/dx.doi.org/10.1511/2009.78.203)

Seminar by A.P. Gutierrez, 16 June 2009

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Physiologically Based Models for assessing Climate Change Effects on Mediterranean Agroecosystems
Rome, 16 June 2009 – ENEA CR Casaccia, Via Anguillarese, 301 – Sala Mimose.

Celebrating 2009 World Day to Combat Desertification, June 17.

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11,00 – Introduction
M. Iannetta, ENEA, Head of Combating Desertification Unit

11,15 – The Marie Curie “GlobalChangeBiology” European project
L. Ponti, ENEA, Principal investigator

11,40 – “Physiologically Based Models for assessing Climate Change Effects on Mediterranean Agroecosystems”
A. P. Gutierrez, University of California, Berkeley, Project collaborator