European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC/ULS)

Supporting urban, land and soil assessments on a European Scale to create seamless European wide information

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Project summary

The ETC on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC/ULS) is an international consortium working with the European Environment Agency (EEA) under a framework partnership agreement for the period 2019-2021. It supports the EEA in monitoring urban development in Europe, creating and managing seamless European-wide spatial reference data and developing and analysing various land and ecosystem-related indicators. ETC/ULS is a key player in different sectoral policies such as the EU Biodiversity Strategy, and the EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe among others. 

The ETC/ULS is a follow-up of the European Topic Centres on Land Use and Spatial Information (LUSI) and Spatial Analysis and Information (SIA), which the University of Málaga joined in 2011.

Our role

Our team leads and participates in several key activities of the ETC/ULS, providing technical and thematic expertise, particularly related to: 

  • Development of the Integrated Data Platform.
  • Support to the EEA ecosystem accounting with land, water and nutrient accounts.
  • Participation in the European ecosystem assessments in the context of the Working Group on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem and their Services, with specific focus on wetland and forest ecosystems.
  • Coordination of forest indicator development and forest assessments.
  • Development of assessments of soil conditions.

Main outputs

Technical reports



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Maes et al. (2020). Publications Office of the European Union


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Gregor, M; Löhnertz, M; Schröder, C; Aksoy, E; Prokop, G; Louwagie, G (2018). ETC/ULS Report 02/2018


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Giulietti, S; Romagosa, F; Esteve, Fons J; Schröder, C. (2018). ETC/ULS Report 01/2018

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Gregor, M., Löhnertz, M., Schröder, C., Aksoy, E., Fons, J., Garzillo, C., Wildman, A., Kuhn, S., Prokop, G., Cugny-Seguin, M. (2018). ETC/ULS Report 03/2018

Scientific publications


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Aksoy, E; Louwagie, G; Gardi, C; Gregor, M; Schröder, C; Löhnertz, M (2017)


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Aksoy, E; Gregor, M; Schröder, C; Löhnertz, M; Louwagie, G. (2017)

Spatial data


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Geospatial data catalogue of the European Enviroment Agency

More about it

Emanuele Mancosu

Data management

emanuele.mancosu@uma.es

Strong interests and curiosity about environment subjects and informatics technology. The academic career was orientated in natural science finished in 2004 with highest honors with particular attention on GIS...
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Ana Isabel Marín

Land and forest indicators

aimarin@uma.es

Ana (PhD) is an environmental researcher and GIS specialist at the European Topic Centre of University of Málaga. She holds a European-mention PhD in Environmental Science, an MSc in regional planning and a BSc in Environmental Sciences...

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Dania Abdul Malak

Wetland policy related inquiries

daniaabdulmalak@uma.es

Dania Abdul Malak is a senior environmental researcher and Director of the European Topic Centre at the University of Malaga (ETC-UMA). She has over 15 years’ experience in environmental assessment and management...

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