Land Cover

Department/Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Key information

Land cover, land use, land cover changes, agricultural areas, wetlands, forest and semi-natural areas, water, artificial surfaces and growth of urbanisation. Also forest cover and rural environment protection scheme uptake by county.

Source

The EPA/EEA CORINE Land Cover (CLC ) project.

Scope

All land cover.

Frequency

Varying

Reference period

Time of the CORINE project

Start date

1990

Timeliness

Varying

Classifications

  • Land cover class
    Arable land & permanent crops; Artificial surfaces; Forest & transitional woodland shrub; Water bodies; Open spaces with little or no vegetation; Natural grassland & heathland; Pastures & mixed farmland; Wetlands.
  • Artificial land uptake
    Housing, services, recreation; Industrial, Commercial sites; Mines, quarries, waste dumpsites; Transport networks, infrastructure.
  • Land cover
    Discontinuous urban fabric; Industrial or commercial units; Road and rail networks; Sea ports; Airports; Mineral extraction sites; Construction sites; Green urban sites; Sports and leisure facilities; Non-irrigated land; Pastures; Complex cultivation patterns; Land principally occupied by agriculture with areas of natural vegetation; Broad-leaved forest; Coniferous forest; Mixed forest; Natural grassland; Transitional woodland scrub; Burnt areas; Inland marshes; Intertidal flats; Water bodies.
  • Forest cover
    2.8-5.0%; 5-10%; 10-15%; 15-20%; 20-25% forest as a percentage of a county area.
  • Rural environment protection scheme
    Less than 10% uptake; 10-15%; 15-20%; 20-25%; 25-30%; 30-35% uptake.

Theme

Environment, Climate and Energy - Environment

Page Created

2007-12-01

Page Modified

2015-08-06

Keywords

arable artificial class commercial coniferous corine cover crops dumpsites eea environment epa farmland forest grassland heathland housing industrial infrastructure land mines natural networks open pastures permanent quarries recreation services shrub sites; spaces surfaces transitional transport uptake vegetation waste water wetlands woodland