GlobeLand30, the world’s first global land cover dataset at 30m resolution for the years 2000 and 2010, was recently released and donated by China to the United Nations. Organised into ten major land cover classes, this dataset will prove to be critical for climate change studies, environment monitoring, and several other areas of benefit, says Prof Chen Jun, President, National Geomatics Center of China & President, ISPRS.
– China recently launched GlobeLand30 — the global land cover map in 30m resolution. What prompted this project?
– Is this solely a Chinese project? Which agencies and companies participated in this project?
– What are the unique aspects you had to consider while preparing and delivering this map?
– What are the potential uses of this map data?
– What are the unique applications/services that have been provided in the portal of Global Land Cover Map?
– How is the data validated?
– What further improvements are being planned for the Global Land Cover Map portal?
– GlobeLand30 is free for download for government users and NGOs. Is there a revenue model envisaged for the use of this data by private players? How will this sustain as a long term project?