EcoInformatics & GIS Laboratory

Az MTA Ökológiai Központ az MTA 2012/2013-as, kiemelkedő tudományos tevékenység feltételeit biztosító infrastruktúra-fejlesztési keretéből elnyert egy "Ecoinformatics Laboratoty" kialakítására szóló pályázatot 88,4 mFt összegben, amit legkésőbb 2014. június végéig kell megvalósítani.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Botta-Dukát Zoltán, az MTA ÖK ÖBI igazgatója

The planned infrastructure development: Establishment of a common geoinformation infrastructure for the Centre for Ecological Research through software, hardware and data purchase, integration with existing spatial ecological and environmental datasets and leading-edge research methodologies into an EcoInformatics and GIS Laboratory. The lab will provide new capabilities to (1) spatial analysis and predictive modelling of species, habitats and ecosystems of the Carpathian-basin, (2) assessment of ecosystem services in relation with biodiversity, land use change and climate change, (3) risk assessment of alien invasive species, (4) ecological remote sensing methodology development.

Summary: Ecological research has always relied on spatial data: vegetation and biodiversity maps of Hungary have been produced and used for decades. Several research groups of the Ecological Centre work regularly with GeoInformation Systems (GIS) for data processing and analysis, but the lack of background data and storage, sharing and processing capacity has been limited and has proved to be a major bottleneck. The EcoInformatics Laboratory would consist of a server-based GIS open to all researchers in the various institutes of the MTA ÖK through web access, holding baseline datasets from major long-term study sites and supported by a dedicated sensor data processing station and field surveying equipment. This system would directly benefit 5 research groups inside the Centre, allowing joint GIS projects and rapid data and software access, facilitating cooperations with external researchers and also improving communication with the general public. Such infrastructural development is allowed by the recent integration of several ecological institutes to one research centre and would be one of the largest ecology-oriented GIS systems in Europe. It would host already existing datasets from several scientific projects unmatched in scale and data content worldwide, such as the MÉTA and the AIMWETLAB projects and the historic Habsburg Military Maps. It would contribute to answering fundamental research questions in spatial habitat dynamics, ecophysiology, habitat use, or landscape ecology; and also to applied studies for protected area management or the control of invasive species. Extension of remote sensing and GIS infrastructure is in line with the European GMES programme, the LifeWatch ERIC, the Natura 2000 scheme and especially the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, which explicitly require quantitative mapping of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

A fejlesztés megvalósítására az MTA ÖK felállított egy munkacsoportot, amelynek levelező listája:

A pályázattal és annak megvalósításával kapcsolatos dokumentumokat egyenlőre ezen az oldalon gyűjtjük össze (lásd csatolt állományok), azokat azonban csak regisztrált felhasználóink láthatják.

Horváth Ferenc