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Global Land Cover Service

Global Land Cover service Development of an EO system for the production of global land-cover maps, using ENVISAT MERIS Fine Resolution (300m) data

Project References
 Name GlobCover
 Title Global Land Cover Service
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Glob-series
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (13/04/2005-21/12/2010)
Project Description
 Web site

The GlobCover initiative of ESA developed and demonstrated a service for the generation of global land cover maps, based on Envisat MERIS Fine Resolution (300 m) mode data. During its initial implementation (2005-2008) the project was ran by a large consortium led by Medias-France, with the partnership of EEA, FAO, GOFC-GOLD, IGBP, JRC and UNEP. This first phase was completed successfully in October 2008 with the public announcement of the first GlobCover global land cover map for the year 2005/2006. In 2010, ESA and Universite' Catholique de Louvain demonstrated the possibility to use the GlobCover system operationally by delivering GlobCover 2009, the 2009 global land cover map, within a year of the last satellite acquisition. Currently, GlobCover 2009 is the most detailed and recent global land cover map available.

For maximum user benefit the thematic legend of GlobCover is compatible with the UN Land Cover Classification System (LCCS). The system is based on an automatic pre-processing and classification chain. Both of the two global land cover maps (2005/2006 and 2009) provided in the framework of GlobCover have been validated by an international group of land cover experts and the validation reports were made available to the user community. Except for the global land cover maps, a set of MERIS by-products were also made freely available through the main data distribution source, ESA Ionia Server.

To date (May 2011), over 50,000 downloads of the GlobCover 2009 have been done.

 Results 33_ISRSE_Validation GlobCover_v1
GlobCover 2005/06 - Product Description & Validation Report
GlobCover 2009 - Product Description Manual
GlobCover 2009 - Validation Report
GlobCover 2009 in El Mundo
GlobCover 2009 in ESA Living Planet Symposium 2010
GlobCover 2009 in ESA-iLEAPS-EGU Science Conference
GlobCover at EARSeL, September 2006 (abstract)
GlobCover at IGARSS, July 2007
GlobCover at ISPRS, May 2006
GlobCover at the Envisat Symposium, April 2007
GlobCover Flyer
Newsletter August 2008
Newsletter December 2008
Newsletter December 2010
Newsletter Jannuary 2008
Newsletter July 2005
Newsletter July 2006
Newsletter July 2010
Newsletter May 2007
Newsletter November 2006
Newsletter October 2009
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor Medias-France :
 Subcontractors Brockmann Consult Gmbh : Brockmann Consult Gmbh, Germany
Magellium :
MICROSOFT Netherlands : MICROSOFT Netherlands
UCL-Geomatics : Université catholique de Louvain - Department of Environmental Sciences and Land Use Planning
User Partnership
 Users EEA : European Environment Agency
FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
GOFC : Global Observation of Forest Cover
IGBP : International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
JRC : Joint Research Center
UNEP : United Nations Environment Programme
Contact Points
 Project Manager Patrice Bicheron
18, avenue E. Belin, CNES bpi 2102
31 401 Toulouse Cedex 9
Tel: 33 5 61 27 42 43
Fax: 33 5 61 28 29 05

Dr Pierre Defourny [GlobCover 2009 phase]
ENGE - Place Croix du Sud, 2 (bte.16)
1348 - Louvain-La-Neuve
 Technical Officer Dr Olivier Arino
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel: +39 06-941.80564
Fax: +39 06-941.80552
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