GEO and UN-GGIM Workshop

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  1. A workshop report containing key points can be downloaded here
  2. A zip file containing all the presentations and related Workshop material can be downloaded here

Date and Venue

This focused workshop is co-organized by GEO (Group on Earth Observations) and UN-GGIM (United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management). It is a special session within the Geospatial World Forum (GWF--and we thank GWF and Geospatial Media for their hospitality and help in making this happen).

Date: 23-24 May, 2016, starting at 13:30 on 23 May

Venue: Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Workshop overview

Problem: Different users of land cover data have different requirements for the number and type of classes, geographic scope (eg national, regional, global), temporal frequency, accuracy, and other respects. Current approaches to generating LC maps cannot always meet these varied needs.

Workshop Purpose: Advances in science and technology may now enable the conception of new approaches to generating LC maps so these varied user needs can be better met. This workshop will explore new pathways to a sustainable operational system capable of meeting these varied user needs. An overall vision for such a system might be:

A sustainable operational system that generates land cover datasets according to specific user requirements for geographic scope and the number and types of classes; datasets can be generated on a regular basis using consistent methods and with needed accuracy.

Format: The meeting will start with presentations that act as feedstock to the guided discussion that follow. These discussions, which focus on specific outputs and outcomes, are the core of the workshop.

Focus: While there are a number of important Land Cover issues that deserve attention, this workshop is focused only on the one above. These other topics, such as validation methods, harmonization, portals, and detailed user needs, will be focused on in later workshops.