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The GIO land project ran from 2011 to 2015
The objective of the Initial operations of the land service (GIO land) was to plan for the full implementation of the Copernicus land monitoring service and to start to provide land cover information to users in the field of environmental and other terrestrial applications. Three of the GIO-land components, were coordinated by the EEA: the pan-European, the local, and the in-situ components.
Initial activities around the pan-European component included providing: a land cover change product between 2006 and 2012, and a land cover product for 2012; and five pan-European high-resolution layers on land cover characteristics - artificial surfaces, forest areas, agricultural areas (permanent grasslands), wetlands, and water bodies.