Land Cover Characteristics and Change
The Land Cover Characteristics and Change theme promotes
the use and refinement of land cover data and information products for
resource managers, policy makers, and scientists studying the global
carbon cycle and biodiversity loss.
GOFC-GOLD has proposed a systematic program for coarse resolution
(250 – 1000 m) land cover mapping on a five-year cycle, combined
with periodic mapping and monitoring of forested areas at fine
resolution (~25 m). Activities of the land cover program include:
- Availability of observations
- Harmonization, interoperability and synergy
- Adequacy and advocacy of products
- Regional networks and capacity building
- Shared data, information and knowledge
- Land change assessment
The GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Implementation Team is
an international forum for identifying and developing consistent
land cover data and information to support global change
science and applications. The Team is establishing observatories
that are capable of assuring continuous data acquisition
and processing that is of sufficient quantity and quality
for global and regional evaluations of land cover characteristics.
The Team works with the GOFC-GOLD Regional Networks to secure
acquisition of local land cover data, user interaction, and regional
incubators for implementation of mapping standards and data access.
The Land Cover Team is co led by Curtis
Woodcock of Boston University, USA, and by Martin
Herold of Wageningen University, Netherlands. The GOFC-GOLD Land
Cover Team project office is located in the Netherlands at Wageningen
University and is coordinated by Brice Mora.
Detailed information on the Land Cover Team's activities is
located at: http://www.gofcgold.wur.nl/