The workplan reflects the request to the ETC/LC from the Agency, as written in the Technical Annex.The LCTU was implemented in order to assist and support the National Teams in the implementation and development of their CORINE land cover projects, through methodological and technical support.
The LCTU consists of a small team (CNIG and GIM) operating all over the EEA area with a permanent secretariat at CNIG.
When the frame of the project was defined, some research and development sub-tasks were requested.
The LCTU met three times in Lisbon to plan and manage the work programme activities.
The JRC Space Application Institute (SAI) is a partner of the ETC/LC, member of the Steering Committee together with the CNIG (Portugal) and MDC (Sweden) and is in charge of the Research & Development related to Land Cover. It further involves the definition of the work programme according to the priorities defined by EEA, participation in the quarterly and annual reports to EEA, representing EEA or the ETC/LC on meetings, upon request, to promote and to develop inter-Topic Centre activities and information transfer.
For most of the countries the National Land Cover Team is also the participating organisation in the ETC/LC.
In order to co-ordinate and provide support to the National Teams, a Land Cover Technical Unit (LCTU) was set up in the ETC/LC to continue earlier work done under contract to the European Environment Agency Task Force which was part of the DGXI Environment Directorate until the EEA was established in 1994.
This unit has been centralising all the information related to the LCTU land cover activities, including reports, received publications from National Land Cover Teams and planning of the LCTU and has reported accordingly to MDC in order to provide EEA with all the relevant information.
The requests for Land Cover data submitted to the LCTU were transmitted to GISCO/Eurostat.
Also, assistance to each National Team concerning methodological and technical support on project planning, execution, quality assurance and new operational procedures was provided.
This support included technical assistance to the selection of the satellite imagery to be used, as well as the ancillary data and training on the implementation of the methodology, or its developments.
The LCTU is responsible for guaranteeing consistency and coherence of the land cover results.