Strategic Landscape Monitoring and Information

Towards Coordination of Remote Sensing in the Nordic Countries – Final Report from the NordLaM Project, 1999-2003

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The use of remote sensing interacts in various ways with Nordic programmes for strategic landscape monitoring and the related activities. As yet these activities are established mainly within national contexts and as such there is little formal international coordination in the application of image data. The increasing national and international requirements for information and knowledge on landscapes and landscape changes, such as in connection to habitat and biodiversity, urges movement towards coordination in the use of data gathering methods including remote sensing. This report concludes a four year programme of activities examining the uses of image data within existing Nordic landscape monitoring work and developing possibilities for increased coordination in this area. Towards its goal the programme has seen broad participation from Nordic and other European landscape and related monitoring activities. The result represents groundwork to be picked-up by subsequent initiatives that can also form operational partnerships between Nordic monitoring activities.




This publication is the last of three Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR) publications resulting from the NordLaM project (1999-2003), which was made possible mainly through support from the Environment Data and Monitoring working group (NMD) of the NMR. The scope and remit of that project was Nordic coordination in the use of remote sensing for strategic landscape monitoring. The first NordLaM publication, TemaNord 2001:523 (Groom and Reed 2001), provided descriptions of the many Nordic activities that formed parts of the Nordic and wider European strategic landscape monitoring scene at the end of the twentieth century. The second publication, ANP 2004:705 (Groom 2004b), provided detailed reporting of the project’s activities that included four thematically focused workshops and method development activities during the years 2000-2002. This present publication is briefer than its predecessors, condensing details from the two earlier reports in relation to the current situation and the main issues regarding possibilities for coordination across the use of image data in Nordic strategic landscape monitoring. As such, the two earlier publications should be read alongside this concluding part.


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