Copernicus for Inland Water Biodiversity Monitoring

November 30, 2022 16:00 CET | Free registration

As climate change and other pressures from human activity drive biodiversity loss even further, there is a definite need to be able to assess and define the extent of the harm done. With biodiversity being necessary for natural processes that support life on Earth, and with healthy ecosystems relying on the abundance of a wide range of flora and fauna in the environment, we need to be able to see how these systems are affected across the many different ecosystems- including inland waters which provide key ecosystem services related to water.

For our eigth webinar, we will be looking at the ways that Copernicus services are being used to monitor biodiversity in inland waters.

  • 'Remote-sensing supporting surface water ecological status monitoring', by Ils Reusen . Reusen received a MSc in Physics (Astronomy) and a PhD in Physics (Nuclear spectroscopy) from KU Leuven. Her focus is oriented towards the use of Sentinel-2, PROBA-V, and Sentinel-3 satellites for monitoring water resources. She is the VITO Remote Sensing contact point for the Copernicus Academy and Relays networks and is a member of GEO Aquawatch.


  • 'Remote sensing applications for management of natural capital in mangrove-aquaculture dominated regions', by Leon Hauser. Hauser is founder and partner of Biodiv-Watch, an initiative to advance operational remote sensing applications to monitor our footprint on ecosystem functioning and biodiversity. Additionally, Leon works as a postdoc for the University of Zurich to develop remotely sensed input for spatial sustainable finance.