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Haub C.,EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH | Quilitz K.,EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH | Lindemann D.,EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH | Leskinen E.,EFTAS Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH
Photogrammetrie, Fernerkundung, Geoinformation | Year: 2013

Summary: Observing and monitoring of European landscape dynamics has moved a big step forward. Just recently preliminary results from a 2012 field survey on land cover and land use within the framework of LUCAS have been published by Eurostat covering all 27 European Union (EU) member states. Eurostat is the statistical office of the EU and responsible for providing precise statistics at EU scale. After more than a decade of development, Eurostat has achieved a consolidated approach through the "Land Use/Cover Area frame statistical Survey - LUCAS". It focusses on the current status, and - in combination with the previous LUCAS survey in 2009 - became an instrument to extract land use and land cover change dynamics in Europe with statistical precision for the first time. LUCAS is a stratified area frame survey on the basis of a regular point grid covering the whole European Union and has become an operational Eurostat standard to provide geostatistic information. It was initiated as a pilot in 2000 and evolved since then through various test surveys in different European member states and by a number of scientific studies. Since 2009 it is running operationally and was executed in 2012 covering for the first time all EU27 member states. Next to the methodical summary this paper aims to report about the successful implementation of the official estimation framework for land use and land cover data in Europe and the availability of such a tremendous data source. Until recently this was not available at the given level of detail and precision. Area frame survey techniques and other means of landscape monitoring had been discussed since decades (Benedetti et al. 2010). The evolution of and decisions regarding LUCAS have been documented by various scientific papers. The reader is now invited to follow the references to the freely accessible documents including the technical specification. © 2013 E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Stuttgart, Germany.

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