Goals and Objectives


Object of Consideration Objective
Previous work Comprehensive understanding of pertinent previous workshop and project results achieved to build upon and to avoid repetitive work
Existing LULC activities within the MS The essential current land monitoring activities at EU, MS, sub-national and also global level documented, including related stakeholders
Best practices Practices proven to solve (commonly occurring) problems published on the GEOSS Best Practices Wiki (http://wiki.ieee-earth.org/)
INSPIRE Annex II HELM contribution to the INSPIRE Thematic Working Group Land Cover submitted
Common strategic issues Agreement among the HELM participants on common strategic issues enables unidirectional work without frictions and facilitates refining subsequent work packages to assure their coherence
Societal implications of land monitoring As part of the common strategy, overall purpose of land monitoring and its anticipated role in national/sub-national policy from the perspective of HELM documented
Already achieved coordination between different MS Empirical knowledge arising from practical multi-national bottom up land monitoring coordination transferred to the HELM participants to learn from
Already achieved bottom-up approaches within MS Experiences gathered during the establishment and operation of national bottom up land monitoring systems within one country each transferred to the HELM participants to learn from
Operational commonalities and differences Operational commonalities and differences documented regarding the HELM participants‘ methods to derive LULC information
Gaps in national systems Gaps identified in individual national/sub-national systems that must be closed before taking on a possible collaboration across borders
Common needs/requirements Needs and requirements common to several MS‘ land monitoring approaches documented
Tasks to be combined Candidate tasks in land monitoring identified that would benefit from joining forces and mutually providing services across borders
GMES data/service requests Tangible GMES products/services deduced from common needs/requirements which would provide European level support for national/sub-national land monitoring
Databases merging Suitability of grid approaches evaluated with data obtained through database merging to foster the alignment of national mapping activities
Synchronisation Prerequisites worked out for national/sub-national periodic activities in land monitoring to move toward synchronisation among each other and with data requirements of the EEA
Nomenclature/Data models Criteria set up for a Europe-wide harmonisation of nomenclature/data models of national/sub-national land monitoring activities, also taking into account the global dimension
European actors European actors‘ matching needs understood, as the overall target to which the MS‘ data should be aggregated
Financial and legal constraints Alternative business models for land monitoring in Europe and solutions to overcome legal obstacles outlined which help to put into action the overall strategic aims of HELM
Aggregation methods Methods suggested to fulfil European users LULC data needs through the aggregation of national/sub-national data sets, thereby considering the effects of data accuracy
Core Service Land Current short-term options for thematic high resolution layers and background information to aggregated data from national sources determined
CLC (CORINE Land Cover) As part of a dual-track approach, long term aspects of both centralised and de-centralised land monitoring efforts in Europe outlined
Existing activities at global level/linking across all scales Overall conclusions of HELM work drawn, including key suggestions how to link land monitoring endeavours across all levels, including the global one