CadasterENV – Overview

The successful work of the two previous LISA projects was continued within CadasterENV Austria, a project funded by the European Space Agency, from October 2012 till October 2015. Within this project the roll-out of LISA land cover mapping has been succesfully performed for 10,000 km² of highly dynamic urban regions. In addition, methods to detect changes in land cover, based on high resolution satellite images, have been developed and tested over the entire Austrian territory (84,000 km²).

The land cover mapping performed in LISA-1 and LISA-2 (2009-2012) was based on orthophotos and laser scanning data, with limited use of satellite data. The launch of the Pléiades satellites constellation offered an unprecedented source of land cover observations at very high resolution, and largely facilitated the roll-out of LISA in Austria as part of the CadasterENV Austria project. To use the power of the Pléiades satellites the existing processing chain was extended and improved in the initial phase of the project.

Besides land cover mapping with VHR imagery, CadasterENV Austria focused on the development of new methods to map geographical areas with frequent changes of land cover („hot spots”). The main result is a land cover change (LCC) alert map for the whole of Austria (84,000 km²). The alert maps provide a cost-saving mean to identify areas with a high probability of land cover changes. These LCC alert maps allow to restrict the detailed LISA land cover mapping to a limited part of the country where actual changes occur.

Similar to the previous LISA projects, CadasterENV Austria was a multi-disciplinary project involving a number of Austrian stakeholders in different fields such as environmental protection and conservation, agriculture, forestry, spatial planning and water management as well as natural hazard management.

For more information you can find the current newsletter, the Executive Summary as well as the Final Report in the downloads section. 

CadasterENV Austria at a glance
Main results
  • Integration of Pléiades satellite data in the LISA production chain
  • Production of VHR land cover (10.000 km²) in Austrian urban agglomerations [available in the downloads section]
  • Development of methods to detect areas with frequent changes („hot spots”) based on high resolution satellite images
  • Production of a hot spot change maps for the whole of Austria [can be explored in the Geoportal: "Changes in Austria", available as ESRI Shapefile in the downloads section]
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Duration October 2012 – October 2015
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