The overarching objective of the GlobWetland II project is to contribute to the set up of a Global Wetlands Observing System (G-WOS) as per the strategy 1.2 of the Ramsar Strategic Plan 2009-2015, Resolution X.1, recently adopted at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-10) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, in Changwon, South Korea.
The GlobWetland II project aims principally at developing a G-WOS pilot information system, also called the GlobWetland II information system.
The system consist of maps and system software. To the GW-II system software will belong 3 components, a remote sensing component for tasks like satellite image pre-processing, land use/land cover classification, change detection, a GIS component e.g for the indicator computation and a Web-GIS component for the permanent access to the maps and information data that have been produced during the live time of the project or provided by users and partners.
The system software capacity will by demonstrated trough the production of a number of wetland related geo-information maps and indicators, over 200 wetland sites and surrounding areas, which are to be selected over the coastal catchment areas of the Southern and Eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, extending from Morocco to Turkey (less than 100 km from the coastline).
Figure 2-1 Evolution of the Ichkeul lake from 1972, 1987 to 2000 using Landsat satellite images