BACI: 2015-2019



  • Space data offer unprecedented opportunities for monitoring the state and transformation of land ecosystems and anthropogenic impacts.
  • Today, space data archives and novel space-borne Earth observation (EOs) are complemented by a variety of in-situ monitoring approaches of vegetation properties, ecosystem functioning, biodiversity states, land-use systems amongst others.
  • The key is integrating optical and radar space data with ground observations for deriving novel downstream products required by end-user community.
  • The synthesis of existing EOs and downstream products should allow detecting changes in land ecosystems, and attributing changes to climate and societal transformations.


BACI Progress and review meeting

Date: 06-09 June, 2016
Location: Max Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, Germany. Agenda: BACI Progress and review meeting

BACI will be presented at the Living Planet Symposium.

Date: 09-13 May, 2016
Location: Prague, Czech Republic. Link: Living Planet Symposium.

BACI becomes associate partner to EU BON project
BACI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a close partnership with the European Biodiversity Observation Network.

Date: 18 February, 2016
Link: EU BON newsletter

BACI paper in Nature Climate Change : Combining satellite data for better tropical forest monitoring Implementation of policies to reduce forest loss challenges the Earth observation community to improve forest monitoring. An important avenue for progress is the use of new satellite missions and the combining of optical and synthetic aperture radar sensor data.

Date: 27.01.2016
Link: Read more

Kickoff meeting, 19th to 21st of May 2015 at the Max Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany.

Project Start: April 2015.

News Archieve


  • Supporting latest efforts towards generating “Essential Ecosystem Variables” (EEVs: exploring the intersection of Essential Climate Variables and Essential Biodiversity Variables) by developing novel downstream data products that are not directly observable from space. We rely on the integration of ground observations using machine learning methods only.
  • Detection of hotspots of change of the terrestrial biosphere and attribution to fundamental environmental and societal transformations
  • Assessing the impacts of terrestrial transformations on biodiversity patterns.



  • Our key interest is to provide new data products and insights to the user community. We invite all interested people subscribing to our mailing list where also newsletters, press releases, and other relevant information is provided.
  • We anticipate that our target user community consists of experts from 1) Environmental Agencies, 2) Scientisits in the fields of macroecology, biogeosciences, ecosystem sciences, biogeography, and biodiversity...


  • BACI is a fusion of expertiese on optical and radar remote sensing, ground data on ecosystem state and functioning, biodiversity assessments, and machine learning.
  • The consortium is formed by 10 academic institutions and SMEs from 6 EU countries and Switzerland.