What is LandSense?


LandSense Engagement Platform

The LandSense Citizen Observatory aims to aggregate innovative EO technologies, mobile devices, community-based environmental monitoring, data collection, interpretation and information delivery systems to empower communities to monitor and report on their environment. A number of key characteristics fundamental to the LandSense Citizen Observatory include:

  • Bidirectional information flows between different communities (i.e. citizens, scientists, policymakers, industries, SMEs, NGOs, etc.);
  • Involve new citizen functions in accumulating and using information;
  • Support multi-scalar government from the EU level downwards;
  • Complement EO (i.e. remotely sensed) data and state-organized data collection
  • Give communities access to easily-understandable information needed for decision-making.

A key component of the project is the LandSense Engagement Platform. Various communities will be able to actively participate within the LandSense engagement platform through a variety of interactive tools and functions to facilitate information transfer, assessment, valuation, uptake and exploitation of environmental data and results. This interaction is achieved by bringing together and extending various key pieces of technology including: Geo-Wiki, LACO-Wiki, Geopedia, Sentinel Hub and the EODC. The platform will offer collaborative mapping functionalities to allow citizens to view, analyze and share data collected from different campaigns and create their own maps, individually and collaboratively. In addition, citizens can participate in ongoing LandSense demonstration cases using their own devices (e.g. mobile phones and tablets), through interactive reporting and gaming applications, as well as launching their own campaigns.


LandSense Services

LandSense Campaigner
This service will integrate and build upon the existing Geopedia and Geo-Wiki/LACO-Wiki tools, led by LandSense partners, SINERGISE and IIASA, respectively. This service will comprise a suite of user-friendly tools for end-users to visualize and analyze geospatial data including mapping, spatial analysis, and the ability to set up campaigns for data collection of citizen in-situ observations (using either smartphones, tablets or computers), where the service will be exploitable as a marketplace for commercial users.

FarmLand Support
This service will scale-up the existing AgroSense services, led by INOSENS, to multi-national scales, while integrating LULC and agricultural monitoring data. This innovative solution will provide a comprehensive and operational tool for evidence-based decision-making, monitoring and forecasting in the field of agricultural and rural land use. This new service will not only provide sequential analyses of available EO data (via a distributed database system), but also merge the in-situ input and contributions from farmers.

Change Detector
This service will integrate and build upon the current LACO-Wiki (i.e. LULC validation) and Sentinel 2 image processing chain (i.e. processing and change detection) services, led by IIASA and GEOVILLE, respectively. The objective of this service is to provide near real-time high quality LULC classification, improved by the interactive exchange between authoritative EO data and citizen-observed in-situ data.

Quality Assurance & Control
This service will provide a range of quality assurance measures that can be applied in real-time and to post-data collection of LULC information, organized into processing workflows that will be customized for each demonstration case. It will be built upon the open source quality assurance and control service developed in the previous FP7-funded COBWEB citizen observatory, adding the additional measures needed for LULC data.


LandSense Themes

Urban LandScape Dynamics
This theme focuses on engaging citizens in monitoring land change in urban and peri-urban areas. Reported changes and citizens’ perceptions of changes will be incorporated into local authorities’ databases for improved urban planning. Study areas include:

  • Vienna, Austria
  • Toulouse, France
  • Heidelberg, Germany

Agricultural Land Use
In this theme the project integrates LULC results into Agrosense to leverage the power of EO systems and advanced crowdsourcing techniques to deliver value added services to European farmers and public authorities involved in the agricultural sector. Study area include:

  • Vojvodina Province, Serbia

Forest & Habitat Monitoring
Within this theme, LandSense will trigger volunteer networks for in-situ data collection to help monitor habitats and forested areas in near-real time using the Change Detector service as a hotspot alert system. The project will focus on a subset of protected areas within the Important Bird and Biodiversity Ares (IBAs) and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) networks. Study areas include:

  • Spain
  • Flores Island, Indonesia