LUCAS, short for Land Use / Cover Area frame statistical Survey, is a statistical survey dedicated to harmonized and comparable statistics on land use and land cover across the EU member states. The survey is conducted on behalf of EUROSTAT, the statistical office of the European Union and covers an entire area of about 4.4 million square kilometers. The data is used to detect changes of land use and land cover across the European Union. Since 2009 LUCAS takes place every three years. Data and results of the surveys are publicly available and for free.
This time, about 630 field surveyors visited 238.008 precisely positioned so called “LUCAS points” across 28 Member States of the EU. At these LUCAS points data on land cover and land use is collected 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, grassland, forests, shrub and other natural areas, buildings and roads or lakes). 99.761 hardly accessible points in remote areas were photo-interpreted based on aerial photographs to complete the survey.
LuxSpace was for the fourth time now responsible for the quality control of the data gathered at the LUCAS points. The team controlled in total 111.760 LUCAS point data sets. In addition, LuxSpace supported Eurostat in the LUCAS 2018 survey launch by training the survey managers, implementing “follow up” missions to provide Eurostat with relevant information on the field survey set-up, and the provision of a help-desk during the survey. We also supported the “Full Vegetation Survey” in partnership with ifab, the Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity in Mannheim, Germany.
“We are proud to have successfully concluded our tasks in the LUCAS 2018 survey to the full satisfaction of Eurostat. I have to thank the LuxSpace LUCAS team for their dedication and enthusiasm without which this success wouldn’t have been possible.” says Willibald Croi, responsible for the LUCAS survey at LuxSpace.