The European Topic Centre for Spatial information and Analysis, ETC/SIA, is supporting the European Environment Agency in developing seamless European wide spatial reference data. ETC/SIA's main working area is the analysis of Land use and land cover. This includes monitoring temporal changes of land use and land cover in addition to analyzing the environmental consequences.The work is structured in four working areas as shown below.
The change of our landscape is strongly connected with political decisions like European directives and national laws and we provide multi temporal data, assess the efficiency of political instruments and contribute substantially to the various Agency reports. Our experience is based on a good partnership of high level experts dealing with database management, quality assurance and environmental assessments.
Among other activities, we provide expertise in regional assessments for rural, mountainous, urban or coastal areas and in impact analysis of structural and cohesion funds, CAP expenditures or interdependencies between biofuel production and Land use changes.
A substantial part of our work is dedicated to collect, manage, analyze and display land use related spatial data. The ETC is involved in developing open source solutions to follow the Inspire directive and the European policy on SEIS fitting into a network of distributed recourses and simplifying the data access for the public.
The ETC is embedded and part of the European Environmental Information and Observation Network and is cooperating with other European institutions like the Joint Research Centre, Eurostat , the different DGs of the European Commission and ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation network).
Our added value is our network. Representatives of universities, national authorities, governmental institutions and private companies cooperate closely to provide most updated spatial information and analytical results to the European public. Furthermore, we are linked to regional conventions as well as international NGOs who support us in testing and implementing generated data in their specific data systems. Our partners belong to the international scientific community involved in national and international research projects..