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Remote strategies for fossil finding: multispectral images and species distributional modelling applications for large-scale palaeontological surveys.

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Project "REFIND" data sheet

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address: DORSODURO 3246
postcode: 30123

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 262˙269 €
 EC max contribution 262˙269 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2022-04-12


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA IT (VENEZIA) coordinator 262˙269.00


 Project objective

The REFIND project aims to create a standardized methodology for large-scale palaeontological surveys. The protocol will be applied to the recovery of single exposed fossils, by comparing high-resolution multispectral images with the response of fossils to laboratory-light wavelengths. Where fossils cannot be directly detectable, my method applies the use of GIS spatial analyses to the palaeogeographical distribution of species, filtered with biotic and abiotic data, to recognize suitable areas for new fossil localities. Images will be acquired by multispectral sensors placed on satellites and drones, and predictions will be computed using softwares for spatial raster analyses. Results will consist of thematic maps predicting the location of new exposed fossils and sites, and coordinates will be partially verified through field expeditions. The proposed software tools are available to the large public only since recent years, and their application is now crucially important for preventing the destruction of undiscovered palaeontological heritage by humans and climate changes. The REFIND project will allow researchers to minimize costs and risks related to field research, and to access the first Fossil Endmember Library and to the largest database for Late Pleistocene fossil evidence. The implementation of my results will change the approach of European researchers to palaeontological field work and add to the importance of the European historical fossil collections. I have previous experience in both fields developed in the REFIND project, being developed in the project, allowing me to achieve of all the proposed results. The acquisition of new skills during the fellowship will significantly upgrade my career potential, because multispectral and raster analyses, cutting-edge studies in Europe, have never been applied to palaeontology for such innovative goals. For the same reason, high interest is expected from the research community.

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