Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals

Contact: Joan Masó

A Short Description of CREAF

The Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) is a public research institution created in 1987 and located in Catalonia. CREAF’s main objective is to generate knowledge and create new methodological tools in the fields of environmental sciences and ecology. CREAF’s activities include research on the function and diversity of natural ecosystems and their response to disturbances; environmental problems that may severely affect the function of ecosystems, such as changes in soil use or atmosphere and climate changes; and the development of conceptual and methodological tools to assist in decision-making and facilitate sustainable management. Its profile matches the tasks in the proposal for their experience in data storage, manipulation and knowledge extraction. It has also deep involvement in GEO tasks and activities and in the geospatial standards specification. CREAF has recently formed a cross-disciplinary research area in “Large databases and data quality” specifically addressed to this project domain and it has a great experience in citizen science activities, participating in several European and regional projects, ECSA meetings and conferences, and participating in the leadership of the OGC Citizen Science Domain Working Group (Citizen Science DWG).

CREAF is involved in different International and European initiatives such as among others Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), the Intergovernmental platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Pyrenean Observatory of Climate Change (OPCC); A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network (ALTER-Net); European Innovation Partnerships EIP-WATER, GEOBON etc. as well as the geospatial standards specification bodies such as the Open Geospatial Consortium and the ISO TC 211. CREAF is participating in the definition of the EuroGEO infrastructure composed by the DIASs and the European Open Data Cloud. In addition, CREAF is sensitive to the connection and dissemination of scientific work into policymakers and the society and works for the consolidation of indicators towards the Sustainable Development Goals and it is considered a driver of Citizen Science activities.

Role In Project

The main role and tasks allocated to CREAF in Iliad

CREAF will mainly contribute to two different WPs in Iliad: on one side, it will contribute to the development/integration of Citizen Science applications in WP2, and on the other side it will contribute to Policy Impact Facility tasks in WP8.


Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals

Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF)

Campus de Bellaterra (UAB) Edifici C

Cerdanyola del Vallès


Work Packages

WP3 | Citizen Engagement & integration of data from citizen science

WP8 | Policy Impact Facility

WP11 | Outreach, Communication and Dissemination

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