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DESURVEY : A Surveillance System for Assessing and Monitoring of Desertification

March 2005 - July 2010

Project Summary

DeSurvey is a project funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 6 and contributing to the implementation of the actions 'Mechanisms of desertification' and 'Assessment of the vulnerability to desertification and early warning options' within the 'Global Change & Ecosystems priority'.

In spite of the relevance of appropriate actions to counter and to combat desertification, there is a lack of standardised procedures to perform them at operational scales. The DeSurvey project offers a contribution to fill this gap by complementing assessment of desertification status with early warning and vulnerability evaluation of the involved land use systems. In this context, the interactive effects of climatic and human drivers of desertification will be taken into account in a dynamic way.

The ambition of the DeSurvey consortium is to deliver a compact set of integrated procedures of desertification assessment and forecasting, with application and tutorial examples at the EU and national scales. The performance of DeSurvey in other desertification threatened areas of UNCCD regional Annexes will be also tested against other expertise and available procedures. Indeed, partners (and sites) from Maghrebian and Sahelian countries as well as from Chile and NW China are associate members of this project.

DeSurvey 39 partners representing 10 EU Member States and 6 Third Country States, integrate key research organisations and industrial companies with a wide range of skills. They develop an operational prototype that includes flexible procedures, with generic and case specific components to which users can adapt according their biophysical and socio-economic environments and their data availability. DeSurvey will support international, European, national and regional authorities, organizations and institutions in fulfilling their monitoring/surveillance and reporting obligations, and help them to increase the efficiency of desertification treatment policies.


Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - Spain

Source of funding : EUROPEAN COMMISSION 6th Framework Programme
Programme and Contact references : GOCE 003950
Total budget : 10,00 €
Partners :
  • University of Trier - U.K.
  • Research Instituut voor KennisSystemen - Netherlands
  • University of Leeds - U.K.
  • University of Cranfield - U.K.
  • Lund University - Sweden
  • Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies - Spain
  • Universidade de Evora - Portugal
  • National Observatory of Athens - Greece
  • Istito Nazionale di Economia Agraria - Italy
  • Universidad de Castilla-la-Mancha - Spain
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Greece
  • King's College London - U.K.
  • University Catholique de Louvain - Belgium
  • Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin - Germany
  • European Commision Directorate General Joint Research Centre Institute for Environment and Sustainability - Italy
  • Freie Universitaet Berlin - Germany
  • Universitat de Valencia Estudi general - Spain
  • Agricultural University of Athens - Greece
  • Instituto Superior de Agronomia - Portugal
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Department of Economics - Spain
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences - China
  • National Agricultural Research Foundation Institute for Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology - Greece
  • Forest research Institute - Greece
  • Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile - Italy
  • Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt e.V. - Germany
  • Centro Interdipartimentale di Ateneo-Nucleo Recerca Desertificazione Universita di Sassari - Italy
  • Departamento de Geografia e Planeamento Regional Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Portugal
  • GeoForschungsZentrum Postdam - Germany
  • Universidad de Almeria - Spain
  • Universidad de Chile - Chile
  • Centre de Recherches Forestires - Morocco
  • Institut des Regions Arides - Tunisia
  • Centre de Recherche Scientifique et Technique sur les Regions Arides - Algeria
  • NOVELTIS - France
  • GeoApikonisis - Greece
  • Centre du Suivi Ecologique - Senegal