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Copernicus: Best Service Challenge 2013

Support Landmap

What is Copernicus Masters 2013?

Copernicus Masters is a European earth monitoring competition that awards prizes to innovative solutions and services that use earth observation data for business and society. The competition is split into various different challenges one of which is the Best Service Challenge.

Why the Best Service Challenge?

This challenge is based on finding the best services within the main thematic areas of Copernicus, which is already operational in the Earth Observation community. The Best Service Challenge aims to increase the awareness of existing Earth monitoring services and their benefits to European citizens. There are 5 thematic areas that services may challenge to be the best in which include:

  • Land Monitoring
  • Marine Monitoring
  • Atmosphere Monitoring
  • Emergency Management
  • Climate Change

Each challenge has an associated prize, which generally is based on aiding the winner to implement and manage the ideas and/or service. Landmap has applied for the Best Service within the Copernicus thematic field of Land Monitoring. Landmap currently has the technical infrastructure to be able to deliver satellite data for land monitoring in a standards compliant, interactive way and to provide support in its use.

Why Land Monitoring?

Landmap applied for the Land Monitoring category due to the many similarities in the applications of Landmap and the Copernicus Land Monitoring service vision.


Figure 1 - British Geological Society  (BGS) Web Map Service (WMS) overlaying Landsat 7 data within the Landmap Kaia geoportal.

The Copernicus land monitoring service provides geographical information on land cover and on other related variables (e.g. vegetation state and the water cycle). The applications of the geographical information include:

  • Spatial planning
  • Forest management
  • Water management
  • Agriculture
  • Food security etc.

Landmap as a service fits increasingly well with these applications within the Land Monitoring thematic area. The applications of Landmap have been demonstrated via research, journals, dissertations, presentations and books generated by our users within the academic community. For example Landmap data was used in the following research and publications:

  • Colour Infra-red imagery was used to research farm management influence on hedgerow habitat and biodiversity by Graham, L. (2013).
  • Building Height data was used to model aerodynamics of an UK city by Millward-Hopkins, J.T. et al (2012).
  • 25m DSM elevation data was used to map glacial landforms by Smith, J. et al (2006)
  • DSM data was also used within a Masters Dissertation based on the ‘Evaluation of the accuracy of different elevation models for different land cover and terrain types’ by Amoateng, J. (2005)

For a more detailed list of research and publications that use Landmap data visit the following page:

These examples show how important and useful the Landmap service has been to the academic community via offering a wide range of spatial data through a geoportal and e-learning materials teaching users how to use related software and the spatial data provided by Landmap.

Give Landmap your support

It will be greatly appreciated if your support is provided in our challenge to become the Best Land Monitoring Service in the Copernicus Master Competition 2013. Please note, the result of this challenge will not change the funding situation at Landmap, which is set to cease after 31st December 2013.

To support Landmap to win the Best Service Award in the Copernicus Masters 2013, please follow this link: and select ‘Vote for the best service’ and navigate to the Landmap entry. Please note voting ends on the 15 September 2013.

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