Modules

Module 1 – GeoDataHub

The first contribution of the GeoDataHub to the overall project will be the acquisition and gathering of remote sensing data for the region studied. A second task of the GeoDataHub is to enable the flow of data and information across the interface the other modules.

Module 2 – GeoVeg

The first objective of this module will be to overcome limitations of previous vegetation models by integrating key environmental predictors developed in modules 1, 3, 4 and 5, better describing plant species’ eco-physiological requirements,

Modules 3 – GeoSoil

The main objective of this module will be to use some of the predictors developed in module 1 and 4 to develop a set of soil’s physic-chemical property maps for the whole region and for the local area, to be used then in the vegetation (module 2) and hydrological (module 5) models.

Module 4 – GeoMorpho

The main objective of this module will be to investigate the link between vegetation and geomorphic parameters and to provide spatially-distributed geomorphological data for the vegetation, soil and hydrogeological models (modules 2, 3 and 5).

Module 5 – GeoHydro

This module will develop key innovations along 3 complementary lines. New approaches aiming at the integration of spatially distributed data for calibration and uncertainty analysis of physically-based models will be developed.

Module 6 – ES

Valuating ecosystem services from a human perspective has been a rapidly growing field in the last two decades (since Costanza et al. (1997, as attested by the recent launching of the ‘Intergovernmental panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES, http://www.ipbes.net and references therein).