EEA – Copernicus EAGLE

European Environment Agency (EEA) - Copernicus EAGLE

The EAGLE (Eionet Action Group on Land monitoring in Europe) consortium is an open working group composed of EIONET NRC land cover experts which has been set up as response to the growing need to discuss solutions for better integration and harmonization of national mapping activities within European land monitoring initiatives (i.e. CLC). The conceptual work is done at a technical level, independently from any political or industry preferences, following the concept of a bottom-up approach. 

The consortium led by space4environment has been appointed by the EEA with the methodological and technical elaboration of the EAGLE concept as:

  • a framework for the integration of LC / LU information from various data sets in one single data model; 
  • a vehicle for comparison and semantic translation between different LC/LU nomenclatures, and data exchange; 
  • a LC / LU data collection standard for national land monitoring initiatives.

The main products of the EAGLE concept so far are:

  • the EAGLE matrix, a tool for semantic comparison between the class definitions of different classification systems by decomposing them to land cover components, land use attributes and further landscape characteristics; 
  • the EAGLE data model, a UML model representation of the conceptual data model, visualized in the form of a graphical UML chart. It follows the ISO standard 19109 (Geographic information -- Rules for application schema) likewise applied for INSPIRE

Information on the latest developments can be found here.


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