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.


Workshop on ecological monitoring in Medellín (Colombia)
BACI happy about the workshop on the design of an ecological observatory system for Colombia! Hopefully we can support this activity and learn about the releance of the BACI objectives in a different context.

Date: November 21–25, 2016
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New BACI paper submitted:
Multivariate Anomaly Detection for Earth Observations: A Comparison of Algorithms and Feature Extraction Techniques. Earth System Dynamics-Discussions.

Date: November 2016
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BACI paper in Nature geoscience: Biomass turnover time in terrestrial ecosystems halved by land use.
The terrestrial carbon cycle is not well quantified. Biomass turnover time is a crucial parameter in the global carbon cycle, and contributes to the feedback between the terrestrial carbon cycle and climate…[]

Date: 22.08.2016
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BACI paper accepted in Ecology and Evolution: Potential and limitations of inferring ecosystem photosynthetic capacity from leaf functional traits.

Date: August 2016

BACI Progress and review meeting.

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

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.



  • The main user group benefitting from BACI will be scientists across disciplines and application areas ranging from biodiversity conservation to ecosystem ecologist, and scientists working at the interface of social and ecological systems.
  • BACI also explores additional potential user groups. In particular WPs 7 & 8 are in charge of this endeavour and supported by dissemination activities in WP9. This includes user consultation workshops (e.g. Vienna; Nov. 2015) and establishing a network of data users from the land-system science community, experts from land system science, experts of co-design and co-production of knowledge, land managers and practitioners. In the remaining duration of the project, WP7 also aims at reaching additional users through various upcoming events, where BACI products will be introduced to a broader user community (Beijing; Oct. 2016). If you are interested in participating feel free to contact the management team at any point!

visitor statistic (starting end of August 2016)


  • 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.