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Strategic Landscape Monitoring and Information

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

image of Strategic Landscape Monitoring and Information

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.

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Structuring Coordination

As the quest for knowledge to help ensure sustainability of the Earth develops, and the activities for acquiring this knowledge increase in number and sophistication, there is the imperative for efficiency and long term usability of the associated data. The acquisition of such data through distinct activities necessitates coordination processes and actions in order to meet this imperative. Thus, during the latter part of the 1990s interest in increasing coordination in remote sensing across the Nordic countries was expressed by the Environmental Data and Monitoring (NMD) working group of the Nordic Council of Ministers. This is the applied context that has provided the basis for four years (late 1999 – 2003) of activities into the Nordic coordination of the use of remote sensing in strategic terrestrial landscape monitoring, which has been known as the NordLaM project.

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