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CoCoNET GIS and Marxan Summer Course
Constanta, Romania, 9-15 September 2013
Under the auspices of the EU-FP7 CoCoNET Project - Towards COast to COast NETworks of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea), coupled with sea-based wind energy potential, the National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" (NIMRD), Constanta, will host an intensive summer course on GIS and Marxan training. It will be held at the Institute from 9 to 15 September 2013. The course is organized by ISMAR CNR (Institute of Marine Science - National Research Council), Bologna, Italy.
CoCoNet is a European FP-7 Project, comprising 39 research institutes from 22 countries. The Project brings together experts in a wide array of scientific disciplines, integrating the Mediterranean and Black Seas scientific communities through intense cooperative research and training. The project aims are to identify interconnected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, shifting focus from local (single MPA) to regional (Networks of MPAs) and basin wide (network of networks) scales, inclusive of off shore and deep sea habitats; identify areas for possible construction of Offshore Wind Farms; produce guidelines to design, manage and monitor a network of MPAs, and prepare a detailed wind atlas for the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. Two pilot project (one each in the Mediterranean and Black Seas) are underway.
GIS represents a powerful tool to manage analyse and integrate huge amounts of spatial data coming from different scientific fields. The GIS course aims at providing tools ad capabilities to manage and analyse GIS data in the framework of CoCoNET projects to support partners in fulfilling their goals.
Marxan is a software program used to support the design of marine and terrestrial reserves worldwide able to handle the complexity of the data that will be produced from COCONET activities. This course will represent an excellent opportunity to understand how we can identify an efficient system of conservation sites that include a suite of conservation targets at a minimal cost, which are the gaps of knowledge we have to face in order to produce an effective regional spatial conservation prioritization, and the challenge to incorporate both ecological (e.g. connectivity) and socio-economical data within a heavily exploited region like the Mediterranean sea.
The CoCoNET GIS and Marxan Summer course provides CoCoNET Ph.D students and junior marine scientists dedicated to spatial data collection and analysis in different disciplines (geology, biology, oceanograpy) with up to date tools and skills. The instructors for GIS (9-12 September) are Federica Foglini (CNR-ISMAR, Bologna, Italy), Devrim Tezcan (IMS METU - Turcia) and Oleksandr Neprokin (UkrSCES, Ukraine), for Marxan (13-15 September) Norma Serra and Trevor Wiens (PacMARA).
The official opening of the CoCoNET GIS and Marxan Summer Course will take place on Monday, 9 September 2013, at the headquarters of the National Insitute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" (300 Mamaia Blvd., Constanta, Romania), at 9:00 a.m.
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