LISA - Land Information System Austria

The objective of LISA is to achieve a consensus on a new Austrian land cover data base and demonstrate its benefits offering improved spatial and thematic content.

Short Description

Europe in general and Austria in particular can rely on a long experience of successful activities on land cover and land use monitoring. However, these datasets were produced with different standards, lack comparability and are in most cases outdated. The new European directives and national legislation demand up-to-date, more detailed, harmonised information on regional and local level, in order to fulfil the required reporting obligations.

Therefore, the availability of a homogenous land cover and land use (LC/LU) dataset is an indispensable public necessity, needed for political decisions, effective administration, successful corporate governance and personal usage of the citizens.

In particular such geo-information is required by departments of public administration at state and federal level for the interests of

  • regional planning,
  • forestry and agriculture,
  • water management,
  • natural hazard management,
  • environmental and
  • nature conservation

for the periodic monitoring of changes. Detailed data on land cover are also required in the private sector such as site planning and geomarketing to name but a few. The land cover data currently available do no longer meet these requirements either because of their low resolution or because of their heterogeneous topicality.

In order to overcome the shortcomings of the existing LC/ LU data sets for regional, national as well as European management and reporting requirements, the project Land Information System Austria (LISA) was initiated.

A first prototype, which was specified by the users consisting of relevant experts from all regional governments as well as from federal authorities and institutions, was already put into effect for a large number of testsites in Austria. Based on the scientifically validated results of the prototype the users adapted the specifications to achieve a technologically and economically feasible datamodel for national rollout.

LISA is designed to serve common land monitoring needs providing information on the status quo and the changes occurring in Austria’s landscape. Thereby LISA will enable a wide range of downstream sectoral applications for various user groups (LISA = multi-purpose/multi-usage).

The goal of LISA is to apply cutting edge science, innovative technology and provide cost efficiency by combining satellite with high resolution in-situ data, to achieve economics of scale and sustainability of funding through a shared effort across different administration units.

LISA is conceived to build upon the preferred access of Austria to Pleiades satellite data as well as existing data in user organisations, such as orthophotos and airborne laser scanner data. A successor project under ASAP 7, namely LISA II, will complete the monitoring aspect and develop specialized downstream applications.

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Project Partners


GeoVille Information Systems Group GmbH - Andreas Walli, Jürgen Weichselbaum


  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH - Klaus Steinnocher
  • Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing - Prof. Wolfgang Wagner, Markus Hollaus
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH - Prof. Matthias Schardt - Heinz Gallaun
  • Graz University of Technology, Institute of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry - Johannes Scholz
  • BOKU University of Natural Resources and Applied Life, Sciences of Vienna - Prof. Reinfried Mansberger
  • Umweltbundesamt, Environment Agency Austria - Gebhard Banko
  • EOX GmbH - Gerhard Triebnig

Contact Address

GeoVille Information Systems Group GmbH
Andreas Walli
Jürgen Weichselbaum
Sparkassenplatz 2
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 (512) 562021 - 0
Fax: +43 (512) 562021 - 22