The goal of the SCERIN-5 CBW was to review how the remote sensing community can support SCERINs integrated forestry and transboundary watershed management strategies to facilitate environmental, economic and political stability.
Through working sessions, discussions and field trip during the four days’ workshop, the SCERIN-5 participants reviewed the recent research accomplishments in the LCLUC research area, GOFC-GOLD and GEO, and:
- progressed in the regional ‘30m GLC’ and other validation activities (toward a peer review paper),
- fostered new ideas for network collaborations and joint projects/manuscripts by participants, and
- addressed in the working sessions specific issues/needs in LCC characterization in the region of South, Central and Eastern Europe (SCE), with special attention on integrated watershed and forest management.
The objectives of the SCERIN-5 workshop included:
- To inform about ongoing major scientific efforts and projects with possible contribution and follow up activities of the SCERIN participants.
- To outline the specific land-cover and land-use change research, applications and needs in the SCE region.
- To address SCE priority topics, with focus on ‘Remote sensing in forestry and in watershed management’, ‘Monitoring of environmental, economic stability of former floodplain areas’, and ‘Assessment of natural systems disturbance by land cover changes, within the SCERIN political borders’.
- To review the requirements and availability of satellite data, products, and approaches for land cover monitoring in SCE.
- To provide forum and opportunity for the SCERIN Focus Groups (FGs) oriented to the above defined topics to resolve specific issues to enhance capacity building in the region.
The workshop facilitated the discussions and work of the SCERIN three focus groups:
FG1: Forest monitoring: disturbances, health and biomass [Leads: Jana Albrechtová and Frantisek Zemek],
FG2: Land Cover Changes: agricultural land abandonment, urban expansion [[Leads: Lucie Kupková, Levent Genc]
FG3: Validation/verification network for support of current and future satellite NASA (HyspIRI, LDCM) and ESA missions (GMES Sentinel/ESA and Hungarian programs) [Leads: A. Halabuk, P. Campbell].