Land Information Services operationally provide sound, reliable and affordable land related geo-information products on the regional, European and global scale. The European Union has implemented a series of environmental directives and
policies (like Water Framework Directive, Urban Thematic Strategy, Biodiversity Strategy, Natura2000, Flood Directive etc.) which obligate the Member States to manage their natural resources in a sustainable way and to report the status
of environment to the European Commission regularly.
The Land Information Services are based on the combination, analysis and modelling of data received from Earth Observation satellites as well as ground based measuring networks. Thereby these services provide wide-area and cross boarder harmonized geo-information products for a multitude of thematic areas, like land use / land cover change, soil sealing, water quality and availability, spatial planning, forest management, carbon storage and global food security.
The Land Information Services help to improve the quality of life of the European citizens through a better protection of their environment, the enhancement of their living conditions and the reduction of risk potentials and threats.
The Land portal provides a common entry point to GMES data-sets across a variety of data repositories across Europe. The data-sets are contributed by the GMES projects geoland, Boss4GMES, GSE Forest Monitoring, GSE Land Information Services, by the European Environment Agency (EEA), and by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
Please explore the Land portal at http://www.land.eu/portal/ (this site).
Please visit EEA's Life Maps at http://www.eea.europa.eu/quicklinks/explore-interactive-maps,
and the Community Image Data Portal operated by JRC at http://cidportal.jrc.ec.europa.eu/home/