ECOAdS incorporates diverse research and monitoring sites, in particular those belonging to the Italian Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTER-Italy) and to the Natura2000 network, and a number of fixed-point observing systems (i.e. pylons, buoys, tide gauges, oceanographic platforms). These latter provide multidisciplinary and automated monitoring of coastal and offshore marine environments, with high temporal resolution, for a number of marine and atmospheric variables. ECOAdS considers only the fixed-point observing systems and sites, located in the pilot study area and of which ECOSS partners are managers and/or direct scientific advisors.
Natura 2000 is a European Union wide network of nature protection areas designated as either Special Areas of Conservation or Special Protected Areas. The network stretches all 27 EU countries, both on land and at sea. Natura 2000 sites are established for the protection of rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types listed under both the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive. Six Natura 2000 sites are considered in ECOSS as case studies.Go to page
The Italian LTER network (LTER-Italy) involves many national scientific institutions, scientific societies and public agencies and includes 79 research sites that span the terrestrial, freshwater and marine domains, on which ecological research is conducted on a decadal scale. LTER-Italy is part of the European (LTER-Europe) and International (ILTER) networks. The four LTER research sites comprised in ECOAdS constitute the parent sites “Northern Adriatic Sea”.Go to page
The fixed-point observing systems are pylons, buoys, tide gauges, oceanographic platforms, which operate at various spatial and temporal scales providing multidisciplinary and automated monitoring of coastal and offshore marine environments, with high temporal resolution, for a number of marine and atmospheric variables. They are managed by the main Research Bodies, Universities and Institutions that deal with marine research and monitoring.Go to page