INSPIRE Knowledge Base


GMES Land - joining IP geoland and ESA GSE Land Information Services
Mission and Objectives: 
GMES Land joins the activities of the two projects IP geoland and ESA GSE Land Information Services. (a) The mission of the geoland consortium is to develop and demonstrate a range of reliable, affordable and cost efficient European geo-information services, supporting the implementation of European directives and their national implementation, as well as European and International policies. Thus, the GMES initiative is considered a unique opportunity to integrate existing technology with innovative and scientifically sound elements into sustainable services. (b)GSE Land Information Services joins the three ESA GSE projects that had already worked on land applications in the first GSE stage: SAGE: water pollution, water abstraction, agro-environmental indicators and soil sealing indicators. GMES Urban Services (GUS): urban mapping and monitoring services; and CoastWatch (land part): integrated coastal zone management. The skills and consortia have been merged in order to provide a joint portfolio of mature GSELand Information Services. By integrating such information into existing infrastructure, models and management tools, international and national public institutions are enabled to fulfil their increasing reporting and management obligations in an improved
Formal Mandate: 
geoland and GSE Land are carried out in the context of GMES, a joint initiative of European Commission (EC) and European Space Agency (ESA), which aims to build up a European capacity for Global Monitoring of Environment and Security by the year 2008. geoland is designed to fundamentally support this initiative, focusing on the GMES priorities "Land Cover Change in Europe", "Environmental Stress in Europe", and "Global Vegetation Monitoring".
geoland particularly addresses environmentally relevant issues such as water quality, nature protection, the Kyoto-process or food security issues. The project is structured into three regional and three global observatories, each of them supported by a core service providing basic geo-information inputs. An Operational Scenario is being established to define the geo-information infrastructure and satellite technology requirements to achieve a fully operational service Regional services focussed on the implementation of newly established European Directives structured into • a Nature Protection Observatory addressing the Habitats and Bird Directive, the Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Biological Diversity; • a Water and Soil Observatory addressing the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, and the Water Framework Directive; • a Spatial Planning Observatory addressing the European Spatial Development Perspective, and the European Spatial Observatory Network; • a Core Service Land Cover supporting the Observatories with cross-cutting land cover and land cover change products. All activities take into account the 6th Environmental Action Programme, the Sustainable Development Strategy, the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, the Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive, INSPIRE, and ESDI. Global services directed towards the support of policies addressing Global Change and Sustainable Development, structured into a • a Natural Carbon Fluxes Observatory addressing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, • a Global Land Cover and Forest Change Observatory addressing the UN Forum on Forest, and the Forest and Development Communication of the Commission, Support of Environmental Measure in Developing Countries, • a Food Security and Crop Monitoring Observatory addressing the council regulations on Food Aid Policy, • a Core Service Bio-geophysical Parametres supporting the observatories with cross-cutting parametre products. Operational Scenarios development, including service infrastructure design and implementation planning. All geoland products and services are designed to provide the sustainability, availability, reliability and cost efficiency that public authorities have long desired. According to ESA GSE phases: (a) consolidation and (b) scaling-up, GSE Land (phase 2 project) scales up regional Land Information Services following the objectives A second scaling-up phase with the following objectives: - To demonstrate progress towards long-term sustainability for a set of GMES services; - To deliver services and benefits to users on progressively larger scales;­ - To establish a durable, open, distributed GMES Service Provision Network;­ and - To establish common standards and working practices for GMES Services.
User - Group: International, European, national and regional user organisations covering policy making, harmonisation, reporting and monitoring mandates. Research Partners: Mainly public institutions representing the current state-of-the art knowledge. Service Providers: Public and private service providers (including R&D departments). The geoland consortium is supported by an advisory committee of high-level Environmental Policy and GMES decision makers.
The activities have been designed to provide a platform for all stakeholders to jointly develop sustainable GMES products & services: A close interaction & cooperation with INSPIRE is seen as essential to establish operational & sustainable GMES products & services

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    All above
    Societal Sector
    Central/regional/local administration, research
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Research, development and operations of geo-information services in various application areas from global to local scale (see observatories).
    Environmental application domains
    See observatories
    Primary Business
    Service provider of EO-based geo-information