Understanding land cover and how it is changing is essential: these changes are happening even faster than those of climate and their impacts on the natural environment and the ecosystem services upon which humans depend are immediate. These impacts permeate many areas of interest to decision and policy makers, including water, disasters, agriculture, weather, and climate, in addition to biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. And it is an essential input to many multilateral environmental agreements, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Thus, accurate and up-to-date land cover (LC) and land cover change (LCC) products are more important than ever. The GEO Land Cover and Land Cover Change task works to improve the availability and quality of LC and LCC data by helping to convene and coordinate the various sectors of the LC community, including data providers and consumers. Stakeholders include environmental agencies, science communities, national mapping agencies, commercial users, and UN Conventions. It is envisaged to evolve into a GEO Initiative in the future.
The goals (broad primary outcomes) are as follows:
Key objectives (specific steps to towards the goals) include:
Activities for the period
GOFC-GOLD, IIASA and JRC are supporters of this work through in-kind contributions. Several projects are contributing to the activity such as the ESA Land Cover CCI, the Copernicus Global Land Monitoring Service through the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Chinese GlobeLand30 project.
Participants of the previous GEO Global Land Cover task components (GEO 2012-2015 Work Plan):
Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)