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CadasterENV – Overview

CadasterENV is the fourth project within the overarching LISA initiative and funded by the GMES Service Element within the Earth Watch Program of the European Space Agency (ESA). The project has been started in August 2015 and will run for two years. Within the first two LISA projects the land cover mapping was based on orthophotos and laser scanning data, whereas in the third project - CadasterENV Austria - the map production relied on the Pléiades and WorldView-2 satellites, which acquire very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery.

For the current CadasterENV project a prototyping phase serves to develop a sound method for the realisation of the five foreseen products. For this purpose imagery of the SPOT-5 Take 5 experiment – which aims to acquire imagery with short revisit times – will be used to simulate future image time series of the newly launched Sentinel-2 satellite. These data will be supplemented with Landsat 8 data, where necessary. For the second project phase the developed methods will be adapted for use with the data acquired by the Sentinel-2 satellite, which provides images with a spatial resolution of 10 m. Sentinel-2 will acquire images for the same footprint on Earth every five to ten days. This dense time series of data will considerably facilitate the development of an effective land cover monitoring methodology within the CadasterENV project and therefore allow better identification of land cover changes.

The following objectives shall be accomplished within CadasterENV:

  • The integration and full exploitation of Sentinel-2 imagery in the Land Information System Austria (LISA)
  • The preparation of a high resolution land cover map for the whole of Austria
  • The enrichment of the very high resolution LISA land cover map (10,000 km²) with Sentinel-2 based information
  • The successful detection of different land cover / land use change types:
    • long-term changes (e.g. new buildings, roads)
    • seasonal changes (especially in agriculture)
    • continuous changes (e.g. forest growth)

Similar to the previous projects a representative group of stakeholders from Austria and other European countries is involved in CadasterENV. Their background comprises different disciplines as for example agriculture, forestry, environmental protection and conservation, spatial planning and water management as well as natural hazard management.

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CadasterENV at a glance
Main objectives
  • Integration and full exploitation of the freely available Sentinel-2 imagery data into the Land Information System Austria (LISA)
  • The successful completion of the two main lines of activities:
    • The "Land Cover Mapping Component", including:
      • The preparation of a high resolution land cover map for the whole of Austria (84,000 km²)
      • The enrichment of the very high resolution LISA land cover map (10,000 km²) with Sentinel-2 based information
    • The "Land Cover / Land Use Monitoring Component", including the successful detection of the following change types:
      • Long-term changes (new buildings, roads etc.)
      • Seasonal Changes (esp. in agriculture)
      • Continuous changes (e.g. forest growth)
Funded by
Duration August 2015 – August 2017
Project coordinator
Project partner BOKU