GLOBCOVER 2009 - Products Description and Validation Report. Bontemps, S.; Defourny, P.; Bogaert, E. V.; Arino, O.; Kalogirou, V.; and Perez, J. R. .
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[Excerpt: Introduction] In 2008, the ESA-GlobCover 2005 project delivered to the international community the very first 300- m global land cover map for 2005 as well as bimonthly and annual MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument) Fine Resolution (FR) surface reflectance mosaics. The ESA- GlobCover 2005 project, carried out by an international consortium, started in April 2005 and relied on very rich feedback and comments from a large partnership including end-users belonging to international institutions (JRC, FAO, EEA, UNEP, GOFC-GOLD and IGBP) in addition to ESA internal assessment. The ESA-GlobCover 2005 deliverables clearly demonstrated the possibility to develop an automated service, from the level 1B imagery to the final land cover map, including all the pre-processing steps and the classification process. In 2010, the GlobCover chain was run by ESA and the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in order to produce bimonthly and annual MERIS FR mosaics for the year 2009 and to derive a new global land cover map from this time series of MERIS FR 2009 mosaics. The objective was to deliver the set of GlobCover 2009 products during the year 2010, thus demonstrating the operational service provided by the developed GlobCover chain. The objective of this report is to describe the GlobCover 2009 deliverables as they are released to the users and their respective validation. The GlobCover 2009 products are the following: [::] Bimonthly GlobCover 2009 MERIS FR surface reflectance mosaics (6 products a year): The bimonthly MERIS FR mosaics are computed every 2 months and provide the average surface reflectance values in 4 MERIS bands (see Appendix I), calculated from all valid observations of this 2 months period. They cover the following periods: January-February 2009, March-April 2009, May-June 2009, July-August 2009, September-October 2009 and November-December 2009; [::] Annual GlobCover 2009 MERIS FR surface reflectance mosaic (1 product a year): The annual MERIS FR mosaic is computed by averaging the surface reflectance values over the whole year. It covers the period between the 1st of January 2009 and the 31st of December 2009; [::] GlobCover 2009 land cover map (1 product a year): The land cover map is derived by an automatic and regionally-tuned classification of a time series of global MERIS FR mosaics for the year 2009. The global land cover map counts 22 land cover classes defined with the United Nations (UN) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS).
@report{bontempsGLOBCOVER2009Products2011,
  title = {{{GLOBCOVER}} 2009 - {{Products}} Description and Validation Report},
  author = {Bontemps, Sophie and Defourny, Pierre and Bogaert, Eric V. and Arino, Olivier and Kalogirou, Vasileios and Perez, Jose R.},
  date = {2011-02},
  institution = {{Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) and European Space Agency (ESA)}},
  url = {http://mfkp.org/INRMM/article/12770349},
  abstract = {[Excerpt: Introduction] In 2008, the ESA-GlobCover 2005 project delivered to the international community the very first 300- m global land cover map for 2005 as well as bimonthly and annual MERIS (Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer Instrument) Fine Resolution (FR) surface reflectance mosaics. The ESA- GlobCover 2005 project, carried out by an international consortium, started in April 2005 and relied on very rich feedback and comments from a large partnership including end-users belonging to international institutions (JRC, FAO, EEA, UNEP, GOFC-GOLD and IGBP) in addition to ESA internal assessment. The ESA-GlobCover 2005 deliverables clearly demonstrated the possibility to develop an automated service, from the level 1B imagery to the final land cover map, including all the pre-processing steps and the classification process. In 2010, the GlobCover chain was run by ESA and the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in order to produce bimonthly and annual MERIS FR mosaics for the year 2009 and to derive a new global land cover map from this time series of MERIS FR 2009 mosaics. The objective was to deliver the set of GlobCover 2009 products during the year 2010, thus demonstrating the operational service provided by the developed GlobCover chain. The objective of this report is to describe the GlobCover 2009 deliverables as they are released to the users and their respective validation. The GlobCover 2009 products are the following: [::] Bimonthly GlobCover 2009 MERIS FR surface reflectance mosaics (6 products a year): The bimonthly MERIS FR mosaics are computed every 2 months and provide the average surface reflectance values in 4 MERIS bands (see Appendix I), calculated from all valid observations of this 2 months period. They cover the following periods: January-February 2009, March-April 2009, May-June 2009, July-August 2009, September-October 2009 and November-December 2009; [::] Annual GlobCover 2009 MERIS FR surface reflectance mosaic (1 product a year): The annual MERIS FR mosaic is computed by averaging the surface reflectance values over the whole year. It covers the period between the 1st of January 2009 and the 31st of December 2009; [::] GlobCover 2009 land cover map (1 product a year): The land cover map is derived by an automatic and regionally-tuned classification of a time series of global MERIS FR mosaics for the year 2009. The global land cover map counts 22 land cover classes defined with the United Nations (UN) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS).},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-12770349,global-scale,land-cover,mapping,validation}
}
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