The Global Environment Monitoring (GEM) unit of JRC is involved in a number of important initiatives to monitor and assess landcover change at the local, regional, national and global scales. Landcover change monitoring is important in many contexts, for example:
- assessing compliance with and success of land management schemes
- predicting threats and pressure to biodiversity from shifting human populations and changes in agricultural practices
- quantifying the fragmentation and loss of remnant habitats
- calculating economic metrics such as carbon storage
As part of this work, JRC has developed a number of products and tools which help local and national experts around the world to supply information on the geographic areas where they have experience.
Fig.1 Screenshot of the landcover validation tool for moitoring changes around protected areas.