LuxSpace, a subsidiary of Bremen-based space technology group OHB SE, was awarded for the fourth time in row the contract for data quality control service of the European-wide LUCAS survey (Land Use / Cover Area frame statistical Survey). LuxSpace is going to support EUROSTAT for almost another two years.

Since 2009 LUCAS is dedicated to harmonized and comparable statistics on land use and land cover across the EU member states, an area of about 4.5 million square kilometers. Based on a maximum of 249,999 points, which will be observed in situ by around 700 field surveyors, and around 80.000 points assed through photointerpretation, the collected data allows to measure changes in the socioeconomic use of land (for example, agriculture, commerce, residential use or recreation) and the biophysical land cover type (for example cropland, wetland and other natural areas, forests, buildings and roads or lakes). Moreover, LUCAS data is used for production, verification and validation purposes in the context of Copernicus, the Earth observation programme of the European Union. LUCAS provides essential information on long-term monitoring of land degradation, soil sealing and biodiversity.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the awarded contract. Our well-trained team is ready to prove again its excellence and experience in data quality control,” says Willibald Croi, responsible for the LUCAS survey at LuxSpace.

In addition to the data quality control service, Luxspace is responsible for the LUCAS 2018 survey launch. The tasks include training the survey managers, coordination of so-called “follow up” missions checking if the field survey set-up complies with Eurostat’s quality requirements, and the provision of a help-desk during the survey. LuxSpace will also lead and train a team of 16 data quality controllers, that will cross check one third of the sample points. The company will also support the “Full Vegetation survey” in partnership with ifab, the Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity in Mannheim, Germany.

LuxSpace intends to further develop is leading role as a European data quality control provider. “We see a growing need for smart and independent data control services”, says Dr. Gerd Eiden, head of space applications at LuxSpace. “Big Data is not anymore the challenge, it is part of everyday life. While having these massive amounts of data, the true challenge is to ensure good data quality. More and more companies and institutions feel this need, and LuxSpace is ready to feed it.”

About LuxSpace

LuxSpace Sarl of Luxembourg is an affiliate of OHB SE, one of the three large space-systems companies in Europe. LuxSpace employs about 55 high skilled employees and provides know-how in the fields of space system engineering, microsatellite manufacturing, satellite simulator software development, communication subsystems for geostationary satellites and space-based service application development. LuxSpace is also a recognized leading European partner in the domain of space-borne AIS (SAT-AIS). Since 2006, LuxSpace is active in the European LUCAS survey providing technical assistance in the preparation and implementation of this EU wide field survey to Eurostat. To strengthen our data controller team, applications are welcome.

About Eurostat

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe. Eurostat’s main role is to process and publish comparable statistical information at European level. We try to arrive at a common statistical ‘language’ that embraces concepts, methods, structures and technical standards. LUCAS is conducted by Eurostat since 2001 and became operational in 2009. In 2006, the sampling methodology changed and its focus shifted from an agricultural land survey to a broader land cover, land use and landscape survey. In the same year, a three-yearly interval was introduced as the frequency for carrying out the survey.


Mr. Willibald Croi
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