Project details

The project WetVegEurope is financed from the SoMoPro II programme by a post doctoral research grant of two years. The project is started in July 2013.

Researcher: Flavia Landucci
Department of Botany and Zoology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Supervisor: Milan Chytrý
Department of Botany and Zoology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Project implementation

First year

Task 1: Data collecting. Part of the data will be collected through the members of the European Vegetation Archive (EVA). Other data will be collected from local experts and database custodians not included in EVA. During this phase bibliographic data, information on management and conservation status of the communities will be also collected, producing a first summary of data and knowledge.

Task 2: Data preparation. The data collected will be stored and organized to form a thematic database. The data will be standardized following common and sharable criteria. In cases where uniform criteria have not yet been established, new solutions will be proposed and tested. Standardization of taxonomic nomenclature will require particular attention in order to avoid systematic errors in the subsequent phase of analysis and definition of associations. A preliminary version of the expert system will be prepared and a preliminary synopsis of vegetation units be compiled using the information from the literature and from the contributors.

Second year

Task 3: Data analysis. The data will be classified and logic formulas of associations of the class Phragmito-Magno-Caricetea will be realized and included in the expert system, which will guarantee the reproducibility of the classification. During this phase new tools developed in the JUICE program will be tested.

Task 4: Reorganization and incorporation of the results in SynBioSys Europe. The results of the formal classification will be interpreted and reorganized through comparing the results with those reported in the literature. Subsequently the results will be implemented in the information system SynBioSys Europe, which will be a tool for the revision of EUNIS Habitat Classification.

Task 5: Publication and dissemination of the results. Publications and materials for dissemination will be produced and available at this website.

The project WetVegEurope is financed from the SoMoPro II programme. The research leading to this invention has acquired a financial grant from the People Programme (Marie Curie action) of Seventh Framework Programme of EU according to REA Grant Agreement No. 291782. The research is further co-financed by the South-Moravian Region.

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