NEOS-QUICK - Testing of Novel Earth Observation Systems for Supporting Quality Control Activities required by Kyoto Protocol

The objective of NEOS-QUICK was to develop novel Earth Observation applications for the mapping of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) parameters as specified by the reporting standards of the Kyoto Protocol.

Short Description

The Kyoto Protocol, an international and legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gases emissions world wide, became effective on 16 February 2005.

The project NEOS-QUICK responded to the need for improved Earth Observation based services for Kyoto reporting. It was aligned with activities performed under Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.

NEOS-QUICK combined the forces from Austrian public entities, industry and research to develop such products. Public organisations responsible for Kyoto reporting including the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and the Austrian Federal Office and Research Centre for Forests (Bundesamt und Forschungszentrum für Wald) as well as the State of Vorarlberg (Land Vorarlberg) and the regional forest enterprise Stand Montafon participated in the project.

Kyoto Protocol compliant project results comprise Earth Observation derived land cover and forest extent maps, as well as information on forest change, crown cover, species, vegetation height, above ground biomass, and carbon stock. Within the project, a close collaboration with the German TerraSAR team was established. Furthermore the project contributed to strengthen the capacity of Austrian Earth Observation service providers to provide sustainable space based solutions for satisfying Kyoto reporting obligations.

Project Partners


GeoVille Information Systems GmbH - Christian Hoffmann


  • ARC Seibersdorf research GmbH - Gerhard Triebnig
  • ARC systems research GmbH - Klaus Steinnocher
  • TU Wien - Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Wolfgang Wagner

Contact Address

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