This paper presents plans and efforts on European Union (EU) Member States (MSs) (including Norway and Iceland)-specific support for monitoring emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) which are built on existing and forthcoming Copernicus data and services. Land use and change between land uses are mapped using at top level and appropriate sub-categories in accordance to the current the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines to allow MSs to calculate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. We discuss findings on (1) technical needs in Member State (MS) for meeting technical requirements of reporting the GHG emissions and removals, (2) definition and implementation of improved national and pan-European methodologies and technical solutions such as tools or software or integrated data sets meeting the needs of the LULUCF regulation including the calculation of carbon stock change and the GHG emissions and removals and (3) training and workshops for the relevant services in MSs.
Arslan A. N. et al. (2021), Developing Support for Monitoring and Reporting of GHG Emissions and Removals from Land Use, Land Change and Forestry