CREAF is a public research centre dedicated to terrestrial ecology, territorial analysis and global change, pursuing excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge, in addition to the innovation, development, and transfer of methodologies. The centre aims to contribute to improving the conservation and management of our natural environment by acting as a bridge between academia, public administrations and society and within its spheres of action. Priority research lines of CREAF are: biodiversity; functional diversity and global change, forest ecology and territorial analysis with Earth Observation. CREAF´s expertise includesconservation ecology, climate change adaption and mitigation, land use/cover dynamics, water flows and water budgets, forest biomass, GIS technologies, remote sensing, and modelling ecosystem processes. CREAF offers a recognized, high-quality training programme consisting of a doctoral programme, two official masters (GIS-Remote Sensing and Terrestrial Ecology) and periodic continued education courses. CREAF is among the 500 best international institutions of the world in six different indicators according to SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) and it is recipient of the Severo Ochoa Award of Excellence, the highest quality accreditation for research centres in Spain. CREAF is member or collaborator of relevant European and worldwide organizations such as: Copernicus Academy, GEOSS; OGC, ECSA, The European Water Platform, EFI, IPBES, IPCC, ALTER-net, LTER-Europe, etc.