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European Landscape Dynamics

CORINE Land Cover Data, 1st Edition

Edited by Jan Feranec, Tomas Soukup, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain

CRC Press

337 pages | 52 Color Illus. | 45 B/W Illus.

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Four unique pan-European CORINE Land Cover datasets—CLC1990, CLC2000, CLC2006, and CLC2012— and three datasets concerning changes between 1990 and 2012 have presented the first-ever opportunity to observe the European landscape by means of land cover and its change. This book brings together all these datasets to demonstrate the methods of identification, analysis and assessment of the European land cover and its changes that took place during the intervals of 1990–2000, 2000–2006, and 2006–2012. It provides examples in which CLC data plays a role in offering solutions to European environmental problems such as the monitoring of urban dynamics, land fragmentation, ecosystems mapping and assessment, and high nature value farmland characteristics.

Existing environmental problems require new approaches, and European Landscape Dynamics: CORINE Land Cover Data indicates a set of outlooks for CLC data generation that produce more detailed levels of analysis and bottom-up approaches while addressing the relationship of CLC data to the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE). It also discusses the future of CLC data generation. A valuable resource of up-to-date information, it is useful to professionals such as scientists, territorial planners, and environmentalists as well as students of geosciences and all those who are interested in cognition of the European landscape, its changes and development.

Reviews

"A timely publication, this resource analyzes and presents patterns of land cover and land cover change across Europe, making the most of four steps in CORINE mapping since 1990. Providing comparable datasets, CORINE enables assessments of differences in land cover change across the continent and in so doing informs policy development, as illustrated in some of the case studies provided. Future versions of this publication will be worth waiting for."

—Gearóid Ó Riain, Compass Informatics Ltd. London, UK

"The innovative methods developed and used in this project not only helped improve our scientific understanding of land cover dynamics of Europe but also proved to be an excellent resource for land change scientists and practitioners all over the world."

—Chandra Giri, United States Geological Survey; Duke University; author of Remote Sensing of Land Use and Land Cover: Principles and Applications

"Here, a reader can find in one publication the CLC methodical approaches, concepts of using satellite data, and related modern tools for data processing, including geoinformation systems. Thanks to this team of experienced authors and editors, this work provides a detailed comprehensive methodology of building databases as well as analyses and assessments of CLC outputs."

—Jan Kolar, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

"…it is not easy to grasp the state and change of land use/cover accurately, and the difficulty increases as one tries to study larger areas covering multiple countries or cultural regions, or to look at the change in a longer time range. It has been an exciting but difficult challenge to pursue in such complex region as Europe, but CORINE has done it beautifully with professional scrutiny. This book shows its achievement convincingly, with many informative original maps, diagrams and tables. It is hoped that this book is read widely, and gives clues to those who wish to develop similar land use/cover change data base in their countries or regions."

—Yukio Himiyama, Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University of Education, Japan

"Overall the book is a very thorough and a useful guidance manual, but also more than that, as it presents ways in which the CORINE datasets may be used to investigate some key contemporary environmental issues. It should be a useful reference volume and will help give budding and established researchers future project ideas. The production quality is very good, with colour figures throughout. The reliance on acronyms does make the eyeballs hurt on occasion, but otherwise it is quite readable given its technical nature."

Progress in Physical Geography, December 2016

"Overall, the authors have done an outstanding job of putting the most important information of the CORINE land data in one volume. If you use the CORINE data regularly, then you need this book at your fingertips."

Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, February 2017

"The book provides a unique and valuable source of interesting insights into the history, methodology, and nomenclature as well as statistical analysis of the CORINE land cover and land use change products.…[it] can be recommended as a valuable source of information for land use scientists, post-secondary students of geosciences, cartographers and practitioners, who need access to more in-depth information about CLC beyond available publications."

International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, July 2017

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Overview of Land Cover and Land Use Monitoring Programs

Herbert Haubold and Jan Feranec

Project CORINE Land Cover

Jan Feranec

METHODOLOGY

CORINE Land Cover Nomenclature

Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Barbara Kosztra, and Stephan Arnold

Satellite Data Used

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, and Gerard Hazeu

Interpretation of Satellite Images

Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, and Tomas Soukup

Accuracy Assessment of CLC Data

György Büttner, Barbara Kosztra, and Gergely Maucha

CORINE Land Cover Products

György Büttner

Product Dissemination Policy

György Büttner

High-Resolution Layers

György Büttner, Gergely Maucha, and Barbara Kosztra

EUROPEAN CLC DATA LAYERS

CORINE Land Cover 1990 (CLC1990): Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CORINE Land Cover 2000 (CLC2000): Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CORINE Land Cover 2006 (CLC 2006): Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CORINE Land Cover 2012 (CLC2012): Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, György Büttner, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CORINE Land Cover 1990–2000 Changes: Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CORINE Land Cover 2000–2006 Changes: Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CORINE Land Cover 2006–2012 Changes: Analysis and Assessment

Tomas Soukup, György Büttner, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, and Erika Orlitova

CASE STUDIES: SOLUTION OF THE EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS USING THE CORINE LAND COVER DATA

Land Cover of Europe

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, Erika Orlitova, and Katerina Jupova

Trend of Land Cover Changes in Europe in 1990–2012

Tomas Soukup, Jan Feranec, Gerard Hazeu, Gabriel Jaffrain, Marketa Jindrova, Miroslav Kopecky, Erika Orlitova, and Katerina Jupova

Monitoring of Urban Fabric Classes and Their Validation in Selected European Cities (Urban Atlas)

Gabriel Jaffrain, Christophe Sannier, and Jan Feranec

Landscape Fragmentation in Europe

Jochen A. G. Jaeger, Tomas Soukup, Christian Schwick, Luis F. Madriñán, and Felix Kienast

Ecosystem Mapping and Assessment

Markus Erhard, Branislav Olah, Gebhard Banko, Stefan Kleeschulte, and Dania Abdul-Malak

High Nature Value Farmland and the Common Agricultural Policy

Ivone Pereira Martins, Katarzyna Biala, and Ana Maria Ribeiro de Sousa

CLC for National Accounting: Land and Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts

Jean-Louis Weber and Gabriel Jaffrain

Land Use and Scenario Modeling for Integrated Sustainability Assessment

Carlo Lavalle, Filipe Batista e Silva, Claudia Baranzelli, Chris Jacobs-Crisioni, Ine Vandecasteele, Ana Luisa Barbosa, Joachim Maes, Grazia Zulian, Carolina Perpiña Castillo, Ricardo Barranco, and Sara Vallecillo

CORINE Land Cover Outside of Europe

Gabriel Jaffrain

CLC PERSPECTIVE

Detailed CLC Data: Member States with CLC Level 4/Level 5 and (Semi-) automated Solutions

Gerard Hazeu, György Büttner, Antonio Arozarena, Nuria Valcárcel, Jan Feranec, and Geoff Smith

CLC in the Context of INSPIRE

Geir-Harald Strand and Stephan Arnold

Future of Land Monitoring in Europe

Stefan Kleeschulte, Tomas Soukup, Gerard Hazeu, Geoff Smith, Stephan Arnold, and Barbara Kosztra

Conclusions

Jan Feranec, Tomas Soukup, Gerard Hazeu, and Gabriel Jaffrain

About the Editors

Dr. Jan Feranec graduated in a physical and regional geography. He is a scientific worker at the Institute of Geography, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, where he held the post of director from July 2002 to June 2006 and currently serves as the supervisor of PhD studies in physical geography, geoecology and geoinformatics. Dr. Feranec was appointed Associate Professor at the Comenius University in Bratislava in 1996. He is also the vice-chair of the current Commission on Sensor-Driven Mapping International Cartographic Association. His research interests include land cover/use and its change mapping by satellite images, urban areas analysis by VHR images and methodology of remote sensing data interpretation and landscape assessment as well as identification and analysis of abandonment of arable lands and grasslands. He has been involved in international projects such as the Czechoslovakia–Canada Cooperation in Remote Sensing, Ecotons of the Rivers Danube and Morava, MERA, Phare Topic Link on Land Cover, BIOPRESS, Urban Atlas (2009–2011 and 2013–2016). From 2001–2009 he was a member of the central CORINE Land Cover Projects (CLC1990 and CLC2000) Technical Team.

Tomas Soukup is project manager and a senior consultant in remote sensing, GIS and land monitoring for GISAT s.r.o. company, located in Prague, Czech Republic. Graduated in geodesy, cartography, GIS and remote sensing, he has worked extensively over the last 20 years on utilization of the Earth observation (EO) data for various practical applications in the land monitoring context including urban studies, regional planning, environmental assessment or emergency response and security support. Since the CORINE Land Cover 1990 mapping campaign in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, he collaborates with the European Environmental Agency (EEA) in the framework of European Topic Centers (PTL/LC, ETC/TE, ETC/LUSI, ETC/SIA. ETC/ULS) and also as member of the central CLC Technical Team. In the last decade, he has been active in numerous application projects for developing, testing and providing European GMES/Copernicus service capacities in land monitoring. He works with the National Reference Centre Land Cover in EIONET, a partnership network of the European Environment Agency, and he is also a member of the EEA EIONET Action Group on Land Monitoring in Europe supporting implementation of Copernicus services.

Drs. Gerard Hazeu is a physical geographer working at Alterra–Wageningen University and Research Centre, where he is a GIS & remote sensing researcher/project leader with specific interest in land cover/use change, agriculture and biodiversity issues. Since 2001, he has been involved in several European land monitoring projects. He is responsible for the CORINE Land Cover updates in the Netherlands (2000, 2006 and 2012). He has worked closely with the EEA in the European Topic Centres. He is also responsible for the Dutch national land cover database, which gives an actual representation of the national land cover every four years. He represents the Netherlands as the National Reference Centre Land Cover in EIONET. Currently, he is involved in several EIONET Action Group on Land Monitoring in Europe contracts (EAGLE), drafting the framework for future land cover monitoring in Europe. He also supports the implementation of the Copernicus land continental and local component by providing service specifications and ensuring continuity of the existing GIO land services.

Gabriel Jaffrain graduated in geography, environment, spatial planning by remote sensing and biology of organisms and ecology from the University of Rennes. He has been working as a project manager and a land cover/land use expert at IGN France International for more than 20 years and is now the referent for the environmental issues and land cover mapping topics. He is involved in numerous land occupation and environment projects in France and around the world. He has been involved with the CORINE Land Cover projects since 1994, and since 2001 has been a member of the technical team of the European Topic Centre ETC/TE, ETC/LUSI, ETC/SIA within the European Environmental Agency. Today he is involved in the production of land cover accounting in the context of SEEA Part2 on ecosystem capital accounting. He is responsible for quality insurance/quality control on mapping tropical forests and forest change through the REDD+ international program in the Congo basin and is also involved with Europe’s Urban Atlas and Copernicus project as a supervisor.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
POL002000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
TEC036000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems