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GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office

Co-ordination and promotion of all activities related of GOFC-GOLD framework within GOFC-GOLD teams and regional network, support the European Space Agency on related projects and services.

GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project Office
DUE (Data User Element)
€1100 k
Project Office

Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) is a coordinated international effort working to provide on-going space-based and in-situ observations of forests and other vegetation cover, for the sustainable management of terrestrial resources and to obtain an accurate, reliable, quantitative understanding of the terrestrial carbon budget.

The role of GOFC GOLD is to establish the link between space agencies, science community and the users of Earth Observation data and data products. Within GOFC GOLD the primary function of the Land Cover Implementation Team (LC-IT) is to develop and evaluate methods, tools and products for land cover measurements and monitoring using space-borne and in-situ observations. The LC-IT assesses current needs and deficiencies for global and regional monitoring to support Global Change research, national and regional forest inventories and international policy

The objective of the GOFC GOLD LC Project Office is to support the LC-IT and to strengthen and broaden its recognition as a key international expert platform in land cover monitoring, Within this framework, the Office helps to strengthen the overall GOFC-GOLD framework putting emphasis on global land cover mapping and validation, REDD+ monitoring and reporting, and related capacity development. The team cooperates closely with other GOFC-GOLD implementation teams and regional networks worldwide. Since 2015 the Office took over the lead of the R&D element of the Global Forest Observations Initiative GFOI.

ESA has supported the GOFC GOLD Land Cover Project Office since 2004. Professor Christiane Schmullius from the University of Jena, Germany led the Office from 2004 until 2009. From then the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands hosted the Office under the lead of Professor Martin Herold.


2006 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
Land Cover Legend LCCS Translation Report
REDD Forest Monitoring National Capacity Assessment Report
GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Project - Publications List
2004 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
Summary Report for 2004-2009
2012 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
International Forest Cover and Land Dynamic users
Prof. Martin Herold
Wageningen University
Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
The Netherlands
Tel.: + 31317481276

Frank Martin Seifert
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei
I-00044 Frascati (RM)
Tel.: +39 06-941.80560
Fax: +39 06-941.80552