Starting conference SeaForest LIFE

SEAFORESTLIFE STARTING CONFERENCE - SEA FORESTS: conserve Posidonia oceanica to combat climate change

The initial conference of the SeaForest LIFE project will take place on 30 September 2019, in Rome at the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) in Via Brancati 48.

The event will focus on the aims and objectives of the project, illustrating the potential of Posidonia in Italian protected areas belonging to the Natura 2000 network. These environments are in fact an opportunity for the environment and the community. Good practices for their proper management will be discussed and shared.


The project partner CNR - IAS of Oristano (Institute for the study of anthropogenic impacts and sustainability in the marine environment) is processing seismic data in the area of ​​the National Park of the La Maddalena Archipelago . These data will be useful for some project actions: A1 (Quantification of carbon deposits and rate of change in relation to habitat degradation), A1.1 (Cartography and characterization of the 1120 * habitat for the protected areas involved in the project); C2 (Definition of Good Practices for the Conservation of Habitat 1120 *: Management Plan for Anchors and Moorings), C3 (Definition of Good Practices for Conservation of the 1120 Habitat *: Interventions on Moorings). The elaboration will also be useful to provide information on the conservation of the Posidonia oceanica habitat and for the management of anchorages and moorings.

The illustrated seismic section shows the main acoustic facies detected in the Porto della Madonna (La Maddalena National Park, Sardinia)


ISPRA, one of the partners of the SeaForest LIFE project, is processing high resolution Pleiades multispectral satellite images, to update the distribution of Posidonia oceanica grasslands in the parks involved in the project: La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Asinara National Park and the Cilento National Park, Vallo di Diano and Alburni. The Pleiades satellite images were previously corrected with the radiometric correction algorithm of the water column, using the Lyzenga 1978 method "depth-invariant index". The mapping of the P. oceanica meadows was carried out with the classification software object oriented Ecognition.

The updated data on the distribution of the Posidonian meadows were compared with the mapping of marine phanerogams financed by the Ministry of the Environment and dating back to 1999. Both mapping datasets will be used to estimate the production of Blue Carbon and Carbonsink using the Invest model "Natural Capital Project”.

Asinara National Park: Color orthophoto year 2000 (WMS service National cartographic portal)