CLMS releases HR-VPP product to assess ecosystems and biodiversity

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Published on 3 September 2021

Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) data play an important role in the monitoring and management of the growing demands for more ambitious environmental targets across Europe. In the first European ecosystem assessment report The European Commission’s Executive Vice-President in charge of the EU Green Deal and Climate Action, Frans Timmermans said: “A healthy, thriving and resilient nature is at the core of our lifestyles, thriving economies and resilient societies. Europe’s ecosystems - from forests, rivers and lakes to farmland, urban green spaces and soils – form a safety net that protects us from extreme climate impacts and provides us with essential services, vital for our physical and mental health. However, Europe’s ecosystems are under increasing pressure, suffering from the impact of climate change and land use intensification”.

Seasonal variability in vegetation index across an agricultural landscape in Landen, Belgium

The new CLMS High Resolution Vegetation Phenology and Productivity (HR-VPP) product, produced by VITO, has been launched on 2 September 2021. It covers the years 2017-2020, and will be updated yearly from 2022 onwards. This high spatial and temporal resolution land monitoring dataset will allow a better monitoring of vegetation dynamics and allow the assessment of climatic, as well as anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems. With its wide range of applications, the HR-VPP product increases the ability of CLMS to support the implementation of key EU policies , such as the Biodiversity Strategy 2030, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and climate initiatives such as the LULUCF regulation for 2021-2030, the Urban Agenda, the Circular Economy policies of the EU, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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