07 November 2018 - 09 November 2018
IIASA, Laxenburg AT

H2020 LandSense Project - Second Annual General Assembly

The LandSense project will hold its second general assembly bringing together the consortium partners to review progress and forge plans for 2019

The consortium members of the LandSense project will meet on November 7-9 to review project progress over the past year, and create a roadmap for the upcoming year.

The aim of this workshop is to assess 2018 activities and integrate feedback from the recent successful periodic review conducted by the European Commission. Furthermore, a side event in the form of a technical hackathon will be held to advance the LandSense Engagement Platform to be launched soon. Within the anticipated Engagement Platform, the project will realize several pilots studies across Europe in 2019, which employ either a mobile or web application to connect with citizens in participatory environmental monitoring.

These pilots include:

  • Vienna: Monitoring urban green spaces and city services, in collaboration with TU Vienna and UBA, to facilitate improved urban planning for the city’s STEP 2025 plan
  • Amsterdam: Assessing urban green space functionalities in a case study of Rembrandt Park in collaboration with VUA
  • Toulouse: Detecting and validating changes in land cover to support data needs of IGN, the French mapping agency
  • Heidelberg: Promoting a series of mapathons with the OpenStreetMap community to update and validate changes in land use maps in peri-urban areas
  • Serbia: Collaborating with INOSENS to showcase the power of satellite data to deliver value-added services to farmers in the agricultural sector
  • Spain: Triggering the BirdLife International volunteer network to help monitor protected areas for potential threats (i.e. anthropogenic, biological, climactic, etc.) to biodiversity

The workshop will be organized into plenary and breakout sessions to maximize overall partner engagement.

The LandSense Project
Currently within the EU’s Earth Observation monitoring framework, there is a need for low-cost methods for acquiring high quality in-situ data to create accurate and well validated environmental monitoring products.The purpose of the LandSense project is to build a far reaching citizen observatory for Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) monitoring that will also function as a technology innovation marketplace. 

The LandSense Citizen Observatory aims to aggregate innovative Earth Observation technologies, mobile devices, community-based environmental monitoring, data collection, interpretation and information delivery systems to empower communities to monitor and report on their environment. Integrating these citizen-driven data collections with established authoritative and open access data sources will help reduce costs, extend GEOSS and Copernicus capacities, and support comprehensive environmental monitoring systems.

New LandSense services will be deployed across various pilots that will address critical LULC issues in the areas of urbanizationagricultural land use and forest/habitat monitoring. Policy-relevant campaigns will be implemented in close collaboration with multiple stakeholders to ensure that citizen observations contribute to EU-wide environmental governance and decision-making. 

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Last edited: 05 November 2018


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Ecosystems Services and Management

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