Copernicus Land: improving the road network within Functional Urban Areas

The European Copernicus programme, previously known as Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) is an EU-wide programme that aims to support policymakers, business, and citizens with improved environmental information. Copernicus integrates satellite and in-situ data with modeling to provide user-focused information services.

UAB is leading the Copernicus task EEA/IDM/15/010 under the ETC-ULS consortium including partners from Luxembourg (Space4Environment) and Hungary (FÖMI).

The aim and name of the task is to “Assess the completeness, up to datedness and accessibility to existing road network databases within a selection of Functional Urban Areas of Urban Atlas 2012.


The mapping of the missing parts of the European road network is an objective that EEA is envisaging since a long time ago, being able to support their activities with a complete and seamless dataset. The Open Street Map (OSM) is used among other for the production of Urban Atlas. During the production of the 2006 version of Urban Atlas it was noticed that still a considerable number of larger cities suffer from very incomplete and insufficient reliable information in OSM.

After compiling available European and national road network data, Copernicus Task 10 activity will produce a gap analysis methodology to be applied aiming a complete status of the present road network coverage. Alongside the gap analysis a gap filling methodology and technical specifications are to be proposed in order to launch a call in 2016.



Open Street Map road network European coverage in 2015.

Open Street Map road network of Barcelona urban zone in 2015.

Urban Atlas 2006 in Berlin city centre.

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