Implementation and Management Approach
The primary objective of the project is to provide the various user groups with harmonised, geometrically accurate and current information on land cover and use. To achieve this result, the project has been developed in different phases. The first phase of the LiSA project, realised in the frame of the Austrian Space Application Program (ASAP) 6, focuses on translating the users needs into concrete technical requirements and on the presentation of the basic economic and technical feasibility. In the frame of ASAP 7, there will be a large scale presentation of the applicability and implementation of the â€˜change detection" LiSA concept.
The focus of the first project phase is laid on the correct transcription of user needs into user requirements and the demonstration and verification of the technical and economic feasibility of the concept.
The main result of the LISA concept phase is a feasible and technical and scientifically verified prototype catalogue defined by the user community, describing the LISA data model, the individual LC/LU classes to be derived from satellite and in situ data (including required geometric and thematic accuracies), as well as a description of the design and features of the object-oriented LISA data model. The content of the LISA catalogue will be agreed and verified at national level and drawn up according to the demands of European initiatives such as INSPIRE and GMES. In addition, GIS-ready LISA prototype maps are produced in all Austrian provinces covering 1,500 kmÂ² to demonstrate the added value of LISA in different landscape settings for a broad user group and to allow for realistic cost estimation towards a large-area roll-out. Quality assurance of the production is guaranteed through an ISO 9000 certification of the production team members.
The LISA concept phase is organized in two consecutive iterations, i.e. the verified LISA prototypes from the first iterations will be handed over again to the user group in order to perform a refinement of the LISA concept in a second iteration. The efficiency and user applicability is further extended through the establishment of a web-based, standardized distribution service for sharing the LISA Land Use and Land Cover information at local, regional, national and international level.
In addition, a price definition takes place in the prototyping process, which together with the fulfilment of the scientific standard and the user specifications will be verified by the scientific / technical advisory board.
LiSA combines modern scientific methods and technologies with cost effective solutions. The analysis of combined data sources â€“ high resolution satellite data and in-situ collected data - ensure an efficient use of the information available as well as a proper use of the financial resources, thus making costs sustainable by all administrative units involved.
LiSA users can access the information thanks to a proper distribution platform. at local and international level. During the iteration process of the project,Â the results provided by LiSA has have been made permanently available online to the scientific and technical community through the GeoPortal site.