AC-GMES - Austrian Settlement and Alpine Environment Cluster for GMES

The Austrian Cluster for GMES (Global Monitoring of Environment and Security) combines the forces of industry, applied research, university institutes and user organisations to develop sustainable Earth Observation (EO) based services in the settlement and alpine environment context.

Short Description

The cluster "Settlement" will develop an integrated product portfolio providing geo-information in the urban and settlement domain. Based on input data from satellites, laserscanning and in-situ measurements, information products on urban land cover, urban structure and urban function will be derived.

These products serve as an input to sectoral spatial planning on municipal and State level and are developed for a test area in Upper Austria. The cluster "Alpine Environment" covers three closely interrelated themes, namely land cover of rural landscapes, forests and water management. The project capitalises on the expertise of the individual partners and the amalgamation in a cluster will further strengthen these capabilities.

In particular, services for the protection of forests and Nature 2000 sites, for the analysis of rural landscapes and model improvement for water resource management will be developed.

A supporting infrastructure activity will provide Settlement and Alpine Environment Cluster results to user organisations via Internet.

The Cluster for GMES comprises the leading Austrian EO application organisations and can be regarded as a major milestone towards a substantive and integrated Austrian contribution to GMES.

Project Partners


GeoVille Information Systems GmbH - Christian Hoffmann


  • Joanneum research GmbH - Mathias Schardt (Scientific Coordination)
  • ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH - Gerhard Triebnig

Contact Address

GeoVille Information Systems GmbH
Christian Hoffmann
Museumstr. 9 - 11
A-6020 Innsbruck