The application of satellite data mapping for environmental monitoring and assessment is one of the key activities of the company. In particular, Gisat experts have been involved for more than a decade in European land cover mapping (CORINE Land Cover programme) and various LC/LU data applications including land accounting and indicator development. In 1997-2000, Gisat was a leader of EEA PHARE Topic Link on Land Cover, in 2001 – 2006 it was a member of EEA European Topic Centre on Terrestrial Environment (ETC-TE), in 2007 – 2010 a member of EEA European Topic Centre on Land Use and Spatial Information (ETC-LUSI) and since 2011 it is a member of EEA European Topic Centre on Spatial Information and Analysis (ETC-SIA).

ETC-SIA is an international consortium assisting the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) in their attempts to achieve sustainable development and to improve European environment. This process involves the European Information and Observation Network (EIONET), in which 38 countries are participating, and other main stakeholders. ETC-SIA includes a valuable expertise in Europe to handle data in its topic area, and to analyse the environmental data with regards to developments in society and the economy and with regards to environmental and sectoral policies covering the full geographical area of EEA member countries. Gisat is also a member of the European technical team implementing CLC2000 and CLC2006 mapping campaigns, supporting the Eionet Action Group on Land monitoring in Europe (EAGLE) etc. For more information about ETC SIA please visit