Laboratory Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Carries out research activities in the areas of characterization, protection, planning and management of ecosystems, biodiversity conservation and evaluation of ecosystem services. It employs bio-indication methodologies for defining environmental quality, the effects of climate change and anthropogenic impacts.
In details, the BES laboratory:
Conducts studies for understanding environmental mechanisms and assessing long-term trends induced by natural changes and/or human activities on ecosystems and biodiversity.
Develops the knowledge base needed for territorial and environmental planning and the definition of conservation measures (Protected Areas, Natura 2000 Network, Ecological Networks, etc.).
Deals with aquatic (marine, river and wetlands) and terrestrial environments, using an integrated and multidisciplinary approach (biology, geology, chemistry, oceanography, computing ...).
Designs and implements short, medium and long-term observation systems, within national and international programs, for observing environments of interest and assessing the evolutionary trend of ecosystems.
Defines and develops policies, procedures, information systems and technologies (in collaboration with the Public Administrations, green and blue economy entrepreneurs and technology poles) to safeguard natural resources.
Defines management strategies and monitoring methodologies, in support of management, promoting, together with industrial partners, the development of appropriate observation and measurement technologies.
Implements tools/infrastructures for the storage and dissemination of data to research, land managers and the public.
Disseminates scientific culture and knowledge for the valorization and conservation of the natural capital, also through higher education.

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BES