Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, entrusted the three companies LuxSpace, Indra and Space4Environment to produce a new stratification of the LUCAS master grid. The consortium was led by LuxSpace. LUCAS is the Land Use/Cover Area frame statistical Survey implemented by Eurostat across Europe. The new master grid is the baseline for future LUCAS survey sampling and statistics estimations in 2018 and beyond.

LUCAS includes the 28 member states of the European Union and is one of the most important projects ever undertaken by the European Commission in that field. Every three years surveyors document the landscape to derive statistics informing European Policies on agriculture, environment, climate change, urbanisation, etc. Upon that, the LUCAS survey data is used to check and validate data products such as landscape change monitoring, developed in the Copernicus program.

The LUCAS Master grid covers an area of 4.5 million square kilometres with survey points at every two kilometre. About 715.000 points were subject to photo-interpretation to categorize them into classes of cropland, woodland, urban area and others. LuxSpaces’ project partner Space4Environment produced for each point a so-called “imagette” using most recent available national orthophotos or VHR satellite images. The company also developed software tools for imagette production, photo-interpretation and data management. The Spain-based company Indra developed the photo-interpretation guide and set up the production team. During an intensive workshop the photointerpretation team and the quality control team of LuxSpace were jointly trained on the specificities of LUCAS. About 50% of the points were controlled to ensure highest quality results. Apart from leading the project LuxSpace was responsible for the implementation of quality assurance and data control. The project concluded within the foreseen schedule and to the full satisfaction of Eurostat.

With the successful conclusion of the LUCAS Stratification project LuxSpace extended its leading role in data quality control for Earth Observation applications. The company will expand its data quality service in the future.

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 recognised 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.


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About Indra

Indra is one of the world’s top consulting and technology companies, the absolute leader in IT in Spain, and a technology partner for the key operations of its customers’ businesses worldwide. It offers a comprehensive range of proprietary solutions and cutting-edge services with a high added value in technology, which adds to a unique culture that is reliable, flexible and adaptable to its clients’ needs. Indra is a world leader in the development of end-to-end technology solutions in fields such as Defense and Security; Transport and Traffic, Energy and Industry, Telecommunications and Media, Financial Services, Electoral Processes, and Public Administrations and Healthcare.

About Space4environment

space4environment has been established in 2007. The fully independent company focuses on its core interest: adding the environmental dimension to Earth Observation in the land domain, respectively “using space data to provide space for the environment” as expressed in the company’s motto. By close cooperation with its customers space4environment aims at optimizing the value of their spatial data and information. Besides user requirements engineering and quality assessment of land related products, the company focuses on thematic assessments in support of European environmental policies (e.g. Biodiversity Strategy 2020 and its targets, Land related resources efficiency, Urban Thematic Strategy).