Land Use and Land Cover Mapping in Europe

Practices & Trends

  • Ioannis Manakos
  • Matthias Braun

Part of the Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing book series (RDIP, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Framework Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ioannis Manakos, Samantha Lavender
      Pages 3-10
    3. Brice Mora, Nandin-Erdene Tsendbazar, Martin Herold, Olivier Arino
      Pages 11-30
    4. Núria Blanes Guàrdia, Tim Green, Alejandro Simón
      Pages 31-41
    5. Steffen Kuntz, Elisabeth Schmeer, Markus Jochum, Geoffrey Smith
      Pages 43-52
  3. Operational European Mapping and Monitoring Services

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Marek Banaszkiewicz, Geoffrey Smith, Javier Gallego, Sebastian Aleksandrowicz, Stanislaw Lewinski, Andrzej Kotarba et al.
      Pages 75-88
    3. Markus Probeck, Gernot Ramminger, David Herrmann, Sharon Gomez, Thomas Häusler
      Pages 89-114
    4. Enrique Montero, Joeri Van Wolvelaer, Antonio Garzón
      Pages 115-124
  4. State of the Art Mapping Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Lorenzo Bruzzone, Begüm Demir
      Pages 127-143
    3. Antje Hecheltjen, Frank Thonfeld, Gunter Menz
      Pages 145-178
    4. Sebastian Schmidtlein, Ulrike Faude, Stefanie Stenzel, Hannes Feilhauer
      Pages 203-215
    5. Roland Goetzke
      Pages 217-233
  5. National Practice Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Gebhard Banko, Reinfried Mansberger, Heinz Gallaun, Roland Grillmayer, Rainer Prüller, Manfred Riedl et al.
      Pages 237-254
    3. Michael Hovenbitzer, Friederike Emig, Christine Wende, Stephan Arnold, Michael Bock, Stefan Feigenspan
      Pages 255-272
    4. Louisa J. M. Jansen, Alexandru Badea, Pavel Milenov, Cristian Moise, Vassil Vassilev, Ljudmila Milenova et al.
      Pages 297-325
  6. Multi-temporal Monitoring in Support of Decision Making and Implementation at Regional, National and Local Scale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Thomas Esch, Annekatrin Metz, Mattia Marconcini, Manfred Keil
      Pages 329-339
    3. Sandra Englhart, Jonas Franke, Vanessa Keuck, Florian Siegert
      Pages 411-427
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 429-441

About this book


 Land use and land cover (LULC) as well as its changes (LUCC) are an interplay between bio-geophysical characteristics of the landscape and climate as well as the complex human interaction including its different patterns of utilization superimposed on the natural vegetation. LULC is a core information layer for a variety of scientific and administrative tasks (e.g. hydrological modelling, climate models, land use planning). In particular in the context of climate change with its impacts on socio-economic, socio-ecologic systems as well as ecosystem services precise information on LULC and LUCC are mandatory baseline datasets required over large areas. Remote sensing can provide such information on different levels of detail and in a homogeneous and reliable way. Hence, LULC mapping can be regarded as a prototype for integrated approaches based on spaceborne and airborne remote sensing techniques combined with field observations. The book provides for the first time a comprehensive view of various LULC activities focusing on European initiatives, such as the LUCAS surveys, the CORINE land covers, the ESA/EU GMES program and its resulting Fast-Track- and Downstream Services, the EU JRC Global Land Cover, the ESA GlobCover project as well as the ESA initiative on Essential Climate Variables. All have and are producing highly appreciated land cover products. The book will cover the operational approaches, but also review current state-of-the-art scientific methodologies and recommendations for this field. It opens the view with best-practice examples that lead to a view that exceeds pure mapping, but to investigate into drivers and causes as well as future projections.


change detection classification image processing land use & land cover remote sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Ioannis Manakos
    • 1
  • Matthias Braun
    • 2
  1. 1.Information Technologies InstituteCenter for Research and Technology HellasThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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