Munich, February 7, 2012
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has contracted GAF AG to map high-resolution Forest and Impervious Area characteristics for two lots in West-, Central- and South-Eastern Europe in the framework of the GMES Initial Operations (GIO) Land Monitoring Services.
After several years of industry’s support to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, there is now a first operational GMES land service being implemented within the GMES Initial Operations (GIO) Programme. The GIO Land Monitoring Service (LMS) comprises mapping of seamless high-resolution (HR) Layers, addressing key characteristics of five main land cover types; these include artificial surfaces (impervious areas), forest areas, grassland areas, wetlands and water bodies. Under the coordination of the European Environment Agency (EEA), industry will be responsible for the main stages of the production process and EEA Member States will engage in verification and enhancement of the products.
GAF is the lead in a consortium that has been contracted by the EEA to implement the High-Resolution Forest and Imperviousness Layers of the GIO LMS for two lots, covering West, Central and South-Eastern Europe. Together with its partners SIRS (France), DLR (Germany) and Joanneum Research (Austria), GAF will be providing up-to-date HR Layer products on tree cover density, forest types, forest cover and degree of imperviousness as well as its change over time, derived from ortho-rectified optical earth observation satellite imagery ( IRS-LISS III, RapidEye) of the reference years 2011/12, also referred to as Image2012.
The two project lots will be implemented from 2012 to 2014, with a total of 2.6 million km² covering the following countries: UK, Ireland, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria. The GIO LMS products will provide valuable information complementary to national land cover databases and to the CORINE Land Cover (CLC) map 2012, which will be produced by the European Environmental Observation and Information Network (EIONET) and EEA from the same satellite data in parallel.
About GAF AG:
GAF, an e-GEOS/Telespazio Company, is an international consulting firm with leading competence and expertise in applied earth observation and spatial information systems for environmental, public and private sector applications. GAF has worked in the last 27 years in more than 100 countries throughout Europe, Africa, South-America and Asia. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of services ranging from supply of geo-data (e.g. satellite and aerial imagery, digital elevation models), and geo-services (e.g. image processing, thematic mapping and GIS/DBMS applications) to international consulting and customised software development. GAF has also a proven track-record in performing technical assistance projects in the natural resources and environment sector. GAF has been active in the GMES Programme since its inception. The first project was the ESA-funded GMES Service Element Forest Monitoring, which provided a basis for the development of the GMES Land Monitoring Services.
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