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.