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Earth's Changing Lands

Land cover maps provide us with a break down of the different materials that occupy the Earth's surface (e.g. ice, crops, forests, grasslands and artificial materials); this infomation is important to monitoring changes in land use, conserving biodiversity, managing natural resources and understanding climate change. 

[Video source: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2018/01/Changing_lands]

In April 2017, the CCI Land Cover team released the first time-series of annual global maps spanning 1992–2015. For more information and data download, please visit the CCI Land Cover web page.