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Land Cover data

The most recent data products from the Climate Change Initiative Land Cover team, led by the Université catholique de Louvain, have been released. Three maps of showing 22 different types of global land cover classes, plus 14 regional land cover classes have been released, which centre on 2000, 2005 and 2010. All data can be accessed here. 

Following the GCOS Implementation Plan, the purpose of the CCI Land Cover project is to make the best use of available satellite sensor data to provide an accurate land-cover classification that can serve the climate modelling community. The maps propose a legend based on the FAO/UNEP Land Cover Classification System, in order to be compatible with previous products.

This global land-cover map was created using data from the Envisat mission for the 2010 epoch (2008–12).

The land-cover maps are currently under validation by regional experts, coordinated by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.