25 May '11, 4pm

Unprecedented agreement btwn EEA and EC signed today! Info on EU land cover compiling data from land and space

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the EEA, and Mr Heinz Zourek, Director General for the EC Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, signed the Delegation Agreement contracting the EEA to implement the initial operations of land monitoring services from 2011-2013. Land monitoring will be carried out under the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES ) initiative for Earth Observation launched by the EC and the European Space Agency (ESA). The objective of GMES is to monitor the state of the environment on land, at sea and in the atmosphere, improving the security of citizens in a world facing an increased risk of natural and other disasters. “Information from the GMES land monitoring service can be used for real-time environmental stewardship, providing early warnings of potential disasters and environmental damage,” Prof McGlade said....

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/commission-and-eea-si...

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