Project title

Mapping Wetlands using EarthnObservation Techniques


The Mapping Wetlands Using Earth Observation Techniques is part of the new series Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands published under the auspices of the “MedWet information and knowledge network for the sustainable development of wetland ecosystems (MedWet CODDE)” project. Undertaken between 2005-2007, the MedWet CODDE addresses the urgent need for policy-makers, wetland managers and researchers to have easy access to up- to-date and standardized data in order to assess and monitor the current status and trends of Mediterranean wetlands and their surroundings. The project was launched through the INTERREG IIIC programme.


The purpose of the new MedWet publication Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands is to assist wetland managers and scientists to inventory their wetland resources, to facilitate the monitoring and assessment of these resources and to promote data harmonization and compatibility among various inventory efforts in the Mediterranean and beyond. It has its roots in the original MedWet wetland inventory work (Costa et al, 1996; Hecker et al, 1996; Farinha et al, 1996; Zalidis et al, 1996) developed during the MedWet 1 (ACNAT) project and presented in 1996 at the Conference on Mediterranean Wetlands in Venice as a standard inventory methodology for the countries of the Mediterranean region. The publication also draws on the outputs of the first upgrading effort done under the SUDOE project (INTERREG IIB).

Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands introduces a Mediterranean-wide system which is based on: a web database, the MedWet Web Information System (MedWet/WIS) which provides the tool for the creation of a Mediterranean wetland databank; a data sharing protocol which supports data exchange and sharing between wetland stakeholders; and the use of Earth Observation techniques (EO) as enhanced means of mapping wetland features. Inventory, assessment and monitoring of Mediterranean wetlands guides the reader through the upgraded MedWet system incorporating the socioeconomic and cultural aspects of wetlands, the Water Framework Directive requirements, inventory based indicators, the Pan-Mediterranean Wetland Inventory and EO techniques. Most importantly, it provides a full description of and guidance through the new online MedWet/WIS - a system which offers an advanced and flexible way to provide or restrict access to data, supported by a relevant protocol.


• The Pan-Mediterranean Wetland Inventory Module
• The Catchment Module & The Site Module
• The Water Framework Directive Module
• The Surveillance Module
• The Indicators Module
• The MedWet Web Information System User’s Manual
• The MedWet Inventory Data Sharing Protocol
• Mapping Wetlands Using Earth Observations Techniques

  • Greek Biotope - Wetland Centre (EKBY), GIS and Database Department Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Vienna, Austria
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Remote Sensing Data Cente, Germany
  • European Topic Center on Land Use and Spatial Information (ETC LUSI), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • East Carolina Universit, Department of Biology, NC, USA.
  • Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Gland, Switzerland
  • European Space Agency (ESA, Italy
  • Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention (Wetlands and agriculture), Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Greek Biotope - Wetland Centre (EKBY), Inventory of Natural Resources Section, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • NASA Ecological Forecasting Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Greek Biotope - Wetland Centre (EKBY), GIS and Databases Department, Thessaloniki, GREECE
  • EOMAP GmbH & Co.KG, Earth Observation and Mapping, Gilching, Germany
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, Institute for Computational Earth System Scienc, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • National Observatory of Athens, Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, Athens, Greece
  • School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Western Australia
  • University Wuerzburg in Cooperation with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Remote Sensing Unit, Wuerzburg, Germany
  • Supervising Scientist Division, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • University of Zurich, Department of Geography, Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL),Zurich, Switzerland
  • Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, GEM Unit, Ispra, Italy
  • FAO of the UN, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Rome, Italy
  • European Environmental Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, Denmark
  • National Observatory of Athens, Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, Athens, Greece
  • World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya

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