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Periodic Report - EUROGEOSS (European approach to GEOSS)

Project ID: 226487
Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT


Land cover maps provide critical input data for global models of land use. Urgent questions exist, such as how much land is available for the expansion of agriculture to combat food insecurity, how high will be competition for land between food and bioenergy in the future, as well as how much land is available for forestation projects? Moreover the question arises as to what the most cost-effective mitigation option is (e.g. REDD policies versus biofuel targets).

Such questions can only be answered if reliable maps of land cover exist. However, global land cover datasets currently differ drastically in terms of the spatial extent of cropland distributions.

EUROGEOSS demonstrates the added value to the scientific community and society of making existing systems and applications interoperable and used within the GEOSS and INSPIRE frameworks. The project built an initial operating capacity for a European environment earth observation system in the three strategic areas of drought, forestry and biodiversity. The report includes images and website addresses as well as a table of all partners.

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