May 12, 2017

A New Phase for the Copernicus Global Land Service: more variables, more products, and finer resolution

The Copernicus Global Land Service (CGLS) is one of the components of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service. Since 2013 it has been providing bio-geophysical variables on the status and evolution of land surface in near real time. In the late 2016, the CGLS entered an exciting second operational phase with even more to offer to its existing and potential users.

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The Copernicus Global Land Service (CGLS) is a component of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service that provides a set of bio-geophysical information products describing the status and evolution of the land surface on a global scale, and in near to real time. The products are used to monitor vegetation, the water cycle and the energy budget. In addition, they are key inputs for a wide range of land applications related to agriculture, environment monitoring and climate change. The Initial Operations phase of the Copernicus Global Land component came to an end in the first half of 2016.

In 2016, new Copernicus Global Land Service products at medium spatial resolution (300 m) derived from PROBA-V data were made publicly available. Three additional products with 300m resolution are scheduled to follow in 2017. These products help to close the gap with the pan-European Copernicus Land Monitoring Service which traditionally relies on high, and very high resolution sensors.

During this second phase, the Copernicus Global Land Service will increase the number of products related to biophysical variables it delivers with a global coverage. It will add a thematic area on terrestrial cryosphere (e.g. snow extent, lake ice cover) as well as new products into the existing vegetation, water and energy segments.

Read more at Copernicus website