ICWG IV/III: Global Mapping: Updating, Verification and Interoperability

Our Mission

ISPRS Inter Commission Working group IV/III aims to promote the development of advanced methodologies and applications related to the update, verification and interoperability of geospatial databases.

After four decades of satellite based global monitoring, the research community is exposed to further challenges: the better spatial resolution and the increased number of land cover classes raised new problems of spatial and semantic accuracy. Increasing spatial accuracy required global DEM interoperability and refined land cover classes required the research on semantic interoperability. With improving interoperability, it will be possible to use more local sources for the verification and update of existing geospatial databases. Based on the actual trends that data continuity and global initiatives have stabilized the demand for geospatial information, the economic return of earth observation becomes a driving factor for further updates and new application fields. Therefore, our mission will include user and producer efforts as well as the implementation in mapping agencies and commercial organisations. This will be fully in line of the overall policy of ISPRS to strengthen the link between research, administration and industry.

Working Group Officers:



Chair  

Klaus KompKlaus Komp
EFTAS Remote Sensing
Transfer of Technology
Oststrasse 2-18
48145 Muenster
Germany
+49 251 1330712

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Co-Chair  

Hao WUHao WU
National Geomatics Center of China
China

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Secretary  

Heide BierbrauerHeide Bierbrauer
EARSeL Office
Wasserweg 147
48149 Muenster
Germany

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Terms of Reference:

  • Advance knowledge on the global status of mapping and it’s updating in databases. This is of particular importance for countries with large areas for which imagery has provided interim information.
  • Investigate the update and verification of topographic vector datasets, digital terrain models, ortho-images and thematic (land cover) datasets from remotely sensed data with an emphasis on mapping in a production environment.
  • Assess links between high resolution images and mapping tools developed through research and their implementation in mapping agencies and commercial organisations.
  • Investigate synergy potentials between the various sensors for topographic and thematic mapping.
  • Determine optimum methodologies for the integration of mapping data with heterogeneous data sources including the results of area frame sampling methods like LUCAS for Europe or GMFS for Africa.
  • Review technical progress on global DEM data fusion methods and outcomes
  • Evaluate semi-automated and automated algorithms for change detection, update and quality control of spatial databases.
  • Evaluate web services for GLC data sharing, processing and validation
  • Identify best practise applications of geospatial datasets and promote pathways leading from interoperability via uniformity towards standardization
  • Collaborate with UN-GGIM and GEO tasks related to GLC (e.g., SB-02)
  • Strengthen the cooperation and knowledge exchange between regional clusters according to the UN-GGIM groups, especially between Europe and Africa
  • Promote the incorporation of administrations and industries in the development of application products of global and regional geospatial data sets