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|GLOBCOVER Call for Proposal is now open for competitive tender|
|The Invitation To Tender (ITT) on the DUE, "GLOBCOVER", Ref. AO4681 in the ESA Invitations to Tender, has been published today on EMITS with a closing date of 15 October 2004.|
The European Space Agency (ESA) hereby invites all companies from DUE participating countries to submit a tender for the GLOBCOVER procurement. If companies are not yet registered as an ESA bidder, they are invited to obtain access to EMITS by completing a questionnaire, which can be found at the indicated URL, section Registration Request.
The objective of the GLOBCOVER initiative is develop and demonstrate a service that in first instance will produce a global land-cover map for the year 2005, using as main source of data the fine resolution (300m) mode data from MERIS sensor on-board ENVISAT satellite to be acquired over the full year 2005.
The initiative includes a validation phase similar to the GLC-2000 validation exercise.Appropriate ap-proaches for the validation of the land cover products are planned to be defined in con-sultation with CEOS.
The GLOBCOVER initiative is leaded by an international network of partners, in particular, JRC, FAO, UNEP, IGBP and GOFC are considered as the GLOBCOVER partners.