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PROTECTED AREAS from SPACE. Viewing products with data quality and geospatial user feedback

Joan Maso, Cristina Domingo, Ivette Serral, Alaitz Zabala and Antonello Provenzale

(Submission #228)


The H2020 European Union research project ECOPotential is using remote sensing data products to assess the status and study the changes in 24 protected areas ( Some products are directly available from Copernicus services while others are elaborated by scientists from raw data such as phenology, biomass, hydroperiod, land cover, habitat maps, etc. To organize the data and make it easily available for protected area managers, a map browser following OGC standards has been produced ( that allows for the visualization, analysis and download of all datasets elaborated in conjunction with the in-situ data sites provided by DEIMS.

Based in open source MiraMon technology (, the map browser adopts the standards recommended by INSPIRE in terms of metadata (ISO 19115 INSPIRE Profile) and map visualization (WMS) and data download. On top of that, the browser adds some useful functionality: instead of transmitting picture representations of the data, it uses WMS to transmit arrays of values at screen resolution. This way the map client can control the visualization, aggregate statistics and show histograms, and do some dynamic analysis combining data coming from different layers. In the spirit of a rigorous description of the products, data quality indicators are presented to the user in a unambiguous way using the QualityML vocabulary elaborated in the FP7 GeoViQua project. We have also integrated a geospatial user feedback mechanism where users are able to provide, comments, questions, usage reports, quality reports, or documentation that they have produced using some of the datasets. This characteristic that has been developed in the H2020 European Union project NextGEOSS following the GUF OGC standard. The integration in the map browser was possible due to the modular approach adopted. The aim is to improve the communication between the data producers in ECOPotential and the protected area managers by reporting their experiences in using the data in their daily work.

The evolution of the WMS that has been used in the map browser app has been described in this document and will be broad to the attention of the Open Geospatial consortium for its eventual standardization. Some suggestions for a complete integration of the map browser app and the virtual lab have been presented.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   No
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   Yes

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