CSIC (Spain) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organisation in Spain. The contribution to MELODIES will be made through the Arid Zones Research Station (EEZA), located in Almeria, SE Spain. The research team is concerned with interactive relationships between geomorphic processes, soil evolution, and vegetation in arid and semi-arid environments.

The CSIC team will contribute to the Desertification Indicators Service, particularly Land Cover Status. This involves implementing a protocol for assessment and monitoring of land degradation using open geospatial data.