The University of Malaga (UMA) team of the ETC/UMA supported the European Environmental Agency (EEA) for the last years by:
- Collecting, managing and providing spatial data at Pan-European scale.
- Developing, harmonizing, and updating large amount of thematic environmental geo-databases, (namely CORINE, LUCAS, NOISE, etc.) and Europe wide socio-economic geo-databases and indicators.
- Maintaining, updating and validating of existing land cover and land use data in Europe in order to deliver high quality information.
- Assessing land cover and land use changes and delivering the necessary analysis of state and flows for generic Land Cover assessments for 38 European countries.
- Developing different tools to query land cover data and change information for Land and Ecosystem Accounting (LEAC).
- Supporting the implementation of new products (such as High Resolution Layers, CLC updates and hot spot monitoring).
- Promoting data integration and indicators development based on environmental and socioeconomic data at European level.
- Developing, testing and implementing the appropriate methodologies in relation to rural, urban, regional and inter-regional analyses of policy and economic instruments.
- Building the knowledge base for ecosystems and their services in Europe for the decision-making on what ecosystems to restore in priority and where.
- Developing urban spatial data, contributing to EEA main reports on urban, reviewing the methodology for delineation of Urban Morphological Zones.
- Collaborating IUME to integrate different urban monitoring systems.
- Managing and assessing geographical data related to continental water bodies (mainly rivers and lakes), ice caps and underground wáter.
- Monitoring European Seas and marine resources through an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach.
- Harmonizing and assessing marine data and collaborating with the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters (ETC-ICM) in data management.
- Developing marine indicators and in implementing of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) initiatives.
The UMA team will continue to support EEA under the ETC-ULS (European Topic Center on Urban-Land-Soil) on all of these activities listed above for the coming 3 years (2015-2018). Moreover, we will focus on additional thematic areas including the urban-soil ecosystems, soil biodiversity, land degradation, soil functions, land quality and digital soil mapping & modeling topics are of our interest.