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Date: Tuesday, 14/Mar/2017
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1.1: Opening Session
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Chair: Bianca Hoersch, ESA
Chair: Olivier Arino, ESA

Welcome Address

Nicolaus Hanowski


Copernicus Programme

Michel Massart

DG-GROW, Belgium

Sentinel-1 Mission Status

Pierre Potin

European Space Agency, Italy

Sentinel-2 Mission Status

Bianca Hoersch

European Space Agency, Italy

Sentinel-3 Mission Status and Performance

Susanne Mecklenburg

European Space Agency, Italy

Coffee Break
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Opening Session (cont'd)
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Meeting Evolving Needs for Large-area Land Cover and Land Change Information: The USGS Perspective

Thomas R. Loveland

U.S.Geological Survey, United States of America

Multi-Source Land Imaging for Developing Continental and Global Land-Cover/Use Products in the NASA LCLUC Program

Garik Gutman

NASA, United States of America

Land Cover – An Essential Element for Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Barbara J. Ryan, Gary N. Geller, Andre Obregon

GEO Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland

Challenges and Opportunities for Monitoring Land and its Cover Change through the use of Geospatial Information

John Latham


1.2: Responding to User Needs
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Chair: Barbara Ryan, GEO
Chair: Martin Herold, Wageningen University & Research - WUR

Uncertainty in Land Cover observations and its impact on climate simulations

Goran Georgievski, Stefan Hagemann

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany

Uncertainty in satellite-derived land cover information and its impact on land surface models

Andrew Hartley1, Natasha MacBean2, Goran Georgievski3, Sophie Bontemps4

1: Met Office Hadley Centre, United Kingdom; 2: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, France; 3: Max Planck Institut für Meteorologie, Germany; 4: Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Responding to User Needs (cont'd)
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Monitoring and Assessing Land Use: Progress for Land System Science through Climate Change Research and SDGs

Martin Herold1, Patrick Hostert2, Sebastian van der Linden2, Jan Verbesselt1

1: Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; 2: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Land Cover Information Requirements for Supporting Countries to set Land Degradation Neutrality Targets and Ensure Further Monitoring

Sara Minelli1, Sven Walter2, Alain Retière3

1: UNCCD Secretariat, Bonn, Germany; 2: UNCCD Global Mechanism, Rome, Italy; 3: UNCCD Global Mechanism, France

Biodiversity and ecosystem service community user needs for global land cover and land use mapping

Brian O'Connor1, Neil Burgess1, Rachael Petersen2, Andrew Skidmore3

1: UNEP-WCMC, 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DL, United Kingdom; 2: World Resources Institute, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, United States of America; 3: ITC, University Twente, Enschede, 7500 AA, Netherlands

Principles and Criteria for Creating, Disseminating, and Maintaining Operational Land Cover Monitoring Systems: Lessons Learned from More than 1 Million Users of Global Forest Watch

Mikaela J Weisse, Rachael Petersen, Fred Stolle

World Resources Institute

Coffee Break
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Responding to User Needs (cont'd)
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Using Earth Observation and Other Geospatial Data to Improve OECD's Environmental and Green Growth Indicators and Its Policy Guidance

Ivan Hascic, Alexander Mackie, Miguel Cardenas Rodriguez

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

National Forest and Land Use Monitoring in Africa Countries: Cameroon and Malawi

Thomas Haeusler, Sharon Gomez, Fabian Enssle

GAF AG, Germany

New land cover data requirements for environmental accounting in Australia and globally

Albert Van Dijk, Michael Vardon, David Summers

Australian National University, Australia

Global Mapping of Forest Carbon Stocks using Spaceborne Radar

Oliver Cartus1, Maurizio Santoro1, Stephane Mermoz2, Alexandre Bouvet2, Thuy Le Toan2, Adam Erickson3, Nuno Carvalhais3, Valerio Avitabile4, Martin Herold4, Christiane Schmullius5

1: GAMMA Remote Sensing, Switzerland; 2: Centre d’Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère, France; 3: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany; 4: Wageningen University, The Netherlands; 5: Friedrich-Schiller-University, Germany

Towards a New Philosophy for Generating Land Cover Products

Gary Neil Geller1, Andre Obregon1, Alan Belward2, Jun Chen3, Ivan Hascic4, Martin Herold5, Peng Gong6, Thomas Loveland7, Brice Mora5,8, Gregory Scott9, Zoltan Szantoi2

1: Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, Switzerland; 2: Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy; 3: National Geomatics Center of China (NGCC), China; 4: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); 5: Wageningen University, The Netherlands; 6: Tsinghua University, China; 7: United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States; 8: GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Office, The Netherlands; 9: UN Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM)

Date: Wednesday, 15/Mar/2017
2.1: Global/Continental LC Products
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Chair: Pierre Defourny, UCLouvain-Geomatics
Chair: Jun Chen, National Geomatics Center of China

Consistent 1992-2015 global land cover time series at 300 m thanks to a state-of-the-art reprocessing of multi-mission archives

Pierre Defourny1, Sophie Bontemps1, Céline Lamarche1, Carsten Brockmann2, Grit Kirches2, Martin Boettcher2, Julien Radoux1, Thomas De Maet1, Eric Vanbogaert1, Paolo Gamba3, Goran Georgievski4, Martin Herold5, Stefan Hagemann4, Andrew Hartley6, Gianni Lisini3, Natasha MacBean7, Inès Moreau1, Catherine Ottlé7, Philippe Peylin7, Maurizio Santoro8, Christiane Schmullius9, Marian Vittek1, Frédéric Achard10, Fabrizio Ramoino11, Olivier Arino11

1: UCLouvain-Geomatics (Belgium), Belgium; 2: Brockmann Consult, Germany; 3: University of Pavia, Italy; 4: Max Planck Institute, Germany; 5: Wageningen University, The Netherlands; 6: Met Office, United Kingdom; 7: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, France; 8: Gamma RS, Switzerland; 9: Jena University, Germany; 10: Joint Research Center, Italy; 11: European Space Agency, Italy

The Dynamic Global Land Cover Layer at 100m Resolution from Copernicus Global Land

Marcel Buchhorn1, Ruben Van De Kerchove1, Martin Herold2, Nandika Tsendbazar2, Jan Verbesselt2, Steffen Fritz3, Myroslava Lesiv3, Bruno Smets1

1: VITO, Belgium; 2: University of Wageningen, Wageningen, the Netherlands; 3: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

Validation and Change detection-based Updating of GlobeLand30

Jun Chen

National Geomatics Center of China, China, People's Republic of

Mapping Africa land cover at 10 m with Sentinel-2: challenges and current achievements of the Land Cover component of the ESA Climate Change Initiative

Céline Lamarche1, Pierre Defourny1, Frédéric Achard2, Martin Boettcher3, Carsten Brockmann3, Grit Kirches3, Thomas De Maet1, Julien Radoux1, Jan Militzer3, Maurizio Santoro4, Goran Georgievski5, Stefan Hagemann5, Martin Herold6, Andrew Hartley7, Natasha MacBean8, Catherine Ottlé8, Philippe Peylin8, Inès Moreau1, Christiane Schmullius9, Marian Vittek1, Fabrizio Ramoino10, Olivier Arino10

1: UCLouvain-Geomatics (Belgium), Belgium; 2: Joint Research Center, Italy; 3: Brockmann Consult, Germany; 4: Gamma RS, Switzerland; 5: Max Planck Institute, Germany; 6: Wageningen University, The Netherlands; 7: Met Office, United Kingdom; 8: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, France; 9: Jena University, Germany; 10: European Space Agency, Italy

Coffee Break
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2.2: Large-scale Mapping of Specific LC
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Chair: Matthew C. Hansen, University of Maryland
Chair: Frédéric Achard, Joint Research Centre - European Commission

Global Mapping of Human settlement with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data: Recent developments in the GHSL

Christina Corbane, Martino Pesaresi, Vasileios Syrris, Thomas Kemper, Panagiotis Politis, Pierre Soille, Aneta J. Florczyk, Filip Sabo, Dario Rodriguez, Luca Maffenini, Stefano Ferri

Joint Research Centre, Italy

Mapping urban areas globally by jointly exploiting optical and radar imagery – the GUF+ layer

Mattia Marconcini, Soner Üreyen, Thomas Esch, Annekatrin Metz, Julian Zeidler

German Aerospace Center - DLR, Germany

Envisat ASAR and Sentinel-1: a decade of observations exploited to map inland water bodies

Maurizio Santoro1, Oliver Cartus1, Urs Wegmüller1, Andreas Wiesmann1, Penelope Kourkouli1, Celine Lamarche2, Sophie Bontemps2, Pierre Defourny2, Fabrizio Ramoino3, Olivier Arino3

1: GAMMA Remote Sensing, Switzerland; 2: Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; 3: ESA/ESRIN, Italy

Global scale mapping of the when and where of inland and coastal waters over 32 years at 30m resolution.

Jean-Francois Pekel1, Andrew Cottam1, Noel Gorelick2, Alan Belward1

1: European Commission - Joint Research Centre; 2: Google Earth Outreach

Large Scale decametric Cropland Mapping from Sentinel-2 and Validation: Lessons Learned from 2016 nationwide Demonstration for different Countries

Pierre Defourny1, Sophie Bontemps1, Bellemans Nicolas1, Matton Nicolas1, Cara Cosmin2, Dedieu Gerard3, Hagolle Olivier3, Inglada Jordi3, Guzzonato Eric4, Savinaud Michael4, Udroiu Cosmin2, Grosu Alex2, Rabaute Thierry4, Nicola Laurentiu2, Koetz Benjamin5

1: UCLouvain-Geomatics, Belgium; 2: CS-Romania, Romania; 3: CESBIO, France; 4: CS-France; 5: ESA-ESRIN

Large-scale Mapping of Specific LC (cont'd)
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Mapping Paddy Rice in Asia - A Multi-Sensor, Time-Series Approach

Kersten Clauss1, Marco Ottinger1, Wolfgang Wagner2, Claudia Kuenzer3

1: Department of Remote Sensing, Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Wuerzburg, Germany; 2: Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Vienna University of Technology, Austria; 3: German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Earth Observation Center (EOC), German Aerospace Center

Mapping disturbances in tropical humid forests over the past 33 years

Christelle Vancutsem, Frédéric Achard

Joint Research Centre (EU), Italy

Mapping forest disturbances in European temperate forests using Landsat time series: Issues of disturbance attribution in coupled human and natural systems

Cornelius Senf1,2, Dirk Pflugmacher1, Rupert Seidl2, Patrick Hostert1,3

1: Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany; 2: Institute for Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, Austria; 3: Integrative Research Institute on Transformation of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Towards a global high resolution wetland inventory based on optical and radar imagery

Michael Riffler1, Christina Ludwig1, Wolfgang Wagner2, Vahid Naemi2, Christian Tottrup3, Marc Paganini4

1: GeoVille Information Systems, Innsbruck, Austria; 2: Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Vienna, Austria; 3: DHI GRAS, Hørsholm, Denmark; 4: European Space Agency, Esrin, Italy

Coffee Break
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2.3: Classification Systems
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Chair: John Latham, UN/FAO
Chair: Curtis Woodcock, Boston University

Assessing and modelling a functional relationship of L.C. and L.U. a possible new path forward. The LCHML (Land Characterization Metal-Language) a new proposed FAO UML schema.

Antonio DiGregorio

FAO Consultatnt

Advances in Copernicus High-Resolution Land Monitoring

Gernot Ramminger1, Juergen Weichselbaum2, Baudouin Desclée3, Regine Richter1, David Herrmann1, Markus Probeck1, Linda Moser1, Christian Schleicher2, Andreas Walli2, Christophe Sannier3

1: GAF AG; 2: GeoVille Information Systems GmbH; 3: Systèmes d’Information à Référence Spatiale (SIRS) SAS

The National Land Cover Database (NLCD): A Successful National Land Change Monitoring System

Jonathan Henry Smith

United States Geological Survey, United States of America

Global to Local Land Cover and Habitat Mapping: The Ecopotential Approach

Richard Lucas1, Palma Blonda2, Ioannis Manakos3, Anthea Mitchell1, Joan Maso4, Cristina Domingo4, Antonello Provenzale2

1: University of New South Wales, Australia; 2: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy; 3: Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece; 4: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Assessment of Trends in Ecosystem Health and Condition

Curtis Woodcock

Boston University, United States of America

Round table discussion: Roadmap for High-resolution (10- to 30-meter) WorldCover2017
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Chair: Stephen Briggs (ESA) Participants: John Latham (UN-FAO), Tobias Langanke (EU-EEA), Matthew Hansen (University of Maryland), Tom Loveland (USGS), Jun Chen (NGCC, China), Christian Hoffmann (EARSC)
Date: Thursday, 16/Mar/2017
3.1: Validation and Accuracy
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Chair: Thomas R. Loveland, U.S.Geological Survey
Chair: Sophie Bontemps, Université catholique de Louvain

Validation of global annual land cover map series and land cover change: experience from the Land Cover component of the ESA Climate Change Initiative

Sophie Bontemps1, Frédéric Achard2, Céline Lamarche1, Philippe Mayaux3, Olivier Arino4, Pierre Defourny1

1: UCLouvain-Geomatics (Belgium), Belgium; 2: Joint Research Center, Italy; 3: European Commission, Belgium; 4: European Space Agency, Italy

Comparative validation of Copernicus Pan-European High Resolution Layer (HRL) on Tree Cover Density (TCD) and University of Maryland (UMd) Global Forest Change (GFC) over Europe

Christophe Sannier1, Heinz Gallaun2, Javier Gallego3, Ronald McRoberts4, Hans Dufourmont5, Alexandre Pennec1

1: Systèmes d'Information à Référence Spatiale (SIRS), France; 2: Joanneum Research, Austria; 3: Joint Research Centre, Italy; 4: US Forest Service, USA; 5: European Environment Agency, Denmark

Copernicus Global Land Hot Spot Monitoring Service – Accuracy Assessment and Area Estimation Approach

Heinz Gallaun1, Gabriel Jaffrain2, Zoltan Szantoi3, Andreas Brink3, Adrien Moiret2, Stefan Kleeschulte4, Mathias Schardt1, Conrad Bielski5, Cedric Lardeux6, Alex Petre7

1: JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria; 2: IGN FI, France; 3: Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission; 4: space4environment (s4e), Luxembourg; 5: EOXPLORE, Germany; 6: ONF International, France; 7: GISBOX, Romania

Forest degradation assessment: accuracy assessment of forest degradation products using HR data

Naila Yasmin, Remi D’annunzio, Inge Jonckheere

FAO Forestry Department, FAO of UN, Rome Italy

A New Open Reference Global Dataset for Land Cover Mapping at a 100m Resolution

Myroslava Lesiv1, Steffen Fritz1, Linda See1, Nandika Tsendbazar2, Martin Herold2, Martina Duerauer1, Ruben Van De Kerchove3, Marcel Buchhorn3, Inian Moorthy1, Bruno Smets3

1: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria; 2: Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands; 3: VITO, Belgium

Coffee Break
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3.2: Methods and Algorithms
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Chair: Carsten Brockmann, Brockmann Consult GmbH
Chair: Mattia Marconcini, German Aerospace Center - DLR

Sentinel-2 cloud free surface reflectance composites for Land Cover Climate Change Initiative’s long-term data record extension

Grit Kirches1, Jan Wevers1, Olivier Arino2, Martin Boettcher1, Sophie Bontemps3, Carsten Brockmann1, Pierre Defourny3, Olaf Danne1, Tonio Fincke1, Céline Lamarche3, Thomas de Maet3, Fabrizio Ramoino2

1: Brockmann Consult GmbH, Germany; 2: ESA ESRIN, Italy; 3: Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Wide area multi-temporal radar backscatter composite products

David Small1, Christoph Rohner1, Adrian Schubert1, Nuno Miranda2, Michael Schaepman1

1: University of Zurich, Switzerland; 2: ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Large area land cover mapping and monitoring using satellite image time series

Jan Verbesselt, Nandin-Erdene Tsendbazar, Johannes Eberenz, Martin Herold, Johannes Reiche, Dainius Masiliunas, Eline Van Elburg

Wageningen University, Netherlands, The

Towards a new baseline layer for global land-cover classification derived from multitemporal satellite optical imagery

Mattia Marconcini, Thomas Esch, Annekatrin Metz, Soner Üreyen, Julian Zeidler

German Aerospace Center - DLR, Germany

Advancing Global Land Cover Monitoring

Matthew Hansen

University of Maryland College Park, Department of Geographical Sciences

3.3: Platforms
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Chair: Chris Steenmans, European Environment Agency
Chair: Mark Doherty, ESA

Land monitoring integrated Data Access - status and outlook on platforms

Bianca Hoersch1, Susanne Mecklenburg1, Betlem Rosich1, Sveinung Loekken1, Philippe Mougnaud1, Erwin Goor2

1: European Space Agency, Italy; 2: VITO, Belgium

Sentinel-powered land cover monitoring done efficiently

Grega Milcinski

Sinergise, Slovenia

Bringing High Resolution to the Globe – A system for automatic Land Cover Mapping built on Sentinel data streams to fulfill multi-user application requirements

Michael Riffler, Andreas Walli, Jürgen Weichselbaum, Christian Hoffmann

GeoVille Information Systems, Austria

Land Cover data to support a Change Detection system for the Space and Security community

Sergio Albani, Michele Lazzarini, Paulo Nunes, Emanuele Angiuli

European Union Satellite Centre, Spain

Conclusions by Chairs
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