The European Environment Agency (EEA) plays a key role in the development of the Copernicus services, in particular in the technical coordination of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) and the In Situ Component. Coastal Zone hotspot thematic mapping provides detailed information on Land Cover (LC) and Land Use (LU) classes to address environmental challenges and issues. In close cooperation with Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS), CLMS is working on a comprehensive coastal zone monitoring solution that is capable of addressing the complex and dynamic situations found in coastal environments.
The European Environmental Agency announces the final release of the Coastal Zones hotspot thematic product for reference years 2012 and 2018 and accompanying change mapping are now available.
The European Environment Agency awarded a 3 million contract to Planetek Italia for the first Copernicus Land - VHR Coastal Zone hotspot thematic mapping product on European Coastal Zones.
An industrial consortium of European Earth Observation (EO) service providers led by Planetek Italia worked for the European Environment Agency (EEA) to implement the new product on Coastal Zones that will enrich the Thematic Hotspot Mapping category of the COPERNICUS Land Monitoring Service (CLMS).
Thematic hotspot mapping activities within the CLMS aim, complementary to generic wall-to-wall mapping, to provide specific and detailed land cover / land use (LC/LU) information to address environmental challenges and issues.
The new products covers all European coastal territory to an inland depth of 10 km with a total area of approximately 730,000 km². The products has a minimum mapping unit of 0.5 ha and record around 60 LC/LU classes.
The Coastal Zone hotspot thematic mapping consist of:
- a LC/LU status layer for 2012
- a LC/LU change layer between 2012 and 2018
- and a LC/LU status layer for 2018
As with the other thematic hotspot products, the Coastal Zones product provides change/status every 6 years.
Due to the complexity of interests, directives and natural dynamics in the coastal zones, the EEA planned the activity to be implemented in close contact with the national stakeholders over the entire project duration. An online platform provided national stakeholders the opportunity to participate in preliminary surveys and contribute with their feedback in the preparatory activities.
Furthermore, national stakeholders were involved to actively contribute to Copernicus user forums and EU Commission in the development and growth of Copernicus Land Coastal zones monitoring products and services.
The industrial consortium was headed by Planetek Italia (Italy), and made up of three other European EO service providers with vast experience and knowledge on the Copernicus programme, namely GeoVille GmbH (Austria), Telespazio Ibérica (Spain) and Planetek Hellas (Greece).