Smart EcoMountains is an institutional project of the University of Granada associated with the European Research Infrastructure LifeWatch-ERIC to develop a Thematic Center on Biodiversity, Global Change and Sustainable Development in mountains with international projection, using as a case study the mountain of Sierra Nevada (Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula).
The mission of Smart Ecomountains is:
- Generate information on biodiversity, ecosystem services and global change in mountain ecosystems, applying a Data Management Plan that ensures that all information collected is reliable, traceable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.
- To develop new technological tools and services that facilitate the exchange, localization, access and analysis of data by scientists in order to improve our knowledge of mountain ecosystems and the main global change processes that affect them.
- To create educational content and management tools that inform society about the most important global change processes affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services in mountains, supporting managers, decision-makers and citizens in making science-based decisions.
Project Manager: Ana Mellado
LifeWatch-ERIC is a European infrastructure that provides advanced tools to visualize, integrate and analyze biodiversity information, promoting its preservation, knowledge and sustainable use of the services it provides to humanity. LifeWatch-ERIC brings together (virtually) in a single infrastructure a wide variety of data, services and tools that facilitate the exchange, visualization and analysis of open access data, and are offered to users through the so-called Virtual Research Environments (VRE). The knowledge generated by LifeWatch-ERIC is made available to scientists, decision makers, managers and civil society in order to improve decision-making and implement management measures aimed at preserving life on Earth and addressing the major planetary challenges linked to climate change, resource efficiency, food security, sustainable development and global health.
The infrastructure currently includes Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the Netherlands.