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GlobCover Global poster – World

GlobCover Global poster – World© ESA and MEDIAS France

JRC contributes to new detailed portrait of the Earth


The GlobCover is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) that was launched in 2004. The GlobCover initiative develops a service for the generation of a global land cover map for the year 2005 at 300 m resolution (from the MERIS sensor onboard the ENVISAT satellite. The project is led by an international network of partners including the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Environmental Agency (EEA), the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Global Observations of Forest Cover and Global Observations of Land Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD).

Based on its expertise and reputation acquired with the GLC-2000 map product the Global Environment Monitoring Unit (GEM) of the JRC took active part to the design of the project specifications and to the validation of the products. The JRC also hosted the First Globcover user consultation meeting in June 2007 which allowed the validation of the first satellite imagery products.

The Globcover preliminary map was published on the ESA Web site on March 17th 2008. The advanced version of the Globcover map is expected to get publicly released in July 2008.