Land Cover Map 2007

Land Cover Map 2007 (LCM2007), released in July 2011, is our latest land cover map. It is derived from satellite images and digital cartography and gives land cover information for the entire UK. Land cover is based on UK Biodiversity Action Plan Broad Habitats.

Land Cover Map 2007

Mapping techniques

LCM2007 builds upon the successes of the parcel-based mapping of LCM2000 and employs similar but enhanced classification techniques. The principal difference between LCM2007 and LCM2000 is the source of land cover parcels. LCM2007 parcels come from generalised digital cartography refined with image segments, whereas LCM2000 uses only image segments.

Improved spatial accuracy

Deriving objects from digital cartography is advantageous. Cartographic boundaries accurately delineate real-world land cover objects (e.g. lakes, fields, settlements, industrial areas, semi-natural areas). This improves the spatial accuracy of LCM2007 over LCM2000. The accurate delineation of real-world objects also helps to clarify the spectral properties of the land surface and therefore also improves thematic accuracy.

Main users

Our previous land cover maps, LCMGB 1990 and LCM2000, have been successfully used by government departments and agencies throughout the UK, county councils, charities and commissions and also environmental management bodies. The improved thematic and spatial accuracy of LCM2007 increases its potential. In conjunction with other data, LCM2007 will be vital for many applications in the following sectors:

  • Atmosphere and climate
  • Water and catchments
  • Ecosystem service assessment
  • Marine and coastal
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Impact assessment
  • Health and hazards
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape planning
  • Telecommunications
  • Urban studies
  • Statistics, information
  • Education and publicity
  • Carbon accounting

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Land Cover Map 2007: Technical details

3D Land Cover Map Windermere viewLand Cover Map 2007 is available in different formats to suit the requirements of various users.

Vector data

The most detailed product is vector data, where each polygon represents a parcel of land and has attributes describing land cover and metadata describing how this information was derived (see Table 1).

  • Scale: Minimum Mappable Unit for land cover parcels: 0.5ha.
  • Supply Format: ESRI® Shapefile format
  • Coverage: UK

Raster data

Five raster products simplify this information. A 25x25m raster gives the most likely Broad Habitat for each pixel. Four freely available 1x1km raster products summarise the 25x25m raster. Metadata for the LCM2007 raster formats are available in Table 3 and Table 4.

  • Scale: 25m and 1km pixel size
  • Supply Format: GeoTiff
  • Coverage: UK

Table 1. Description of the attributes of the LCM2007 vector dataset
Table 2. Habitats, LCM2007 classes and Broad Habitat sub-classes for LCM2007
Table 3. Metadata information for the LCM2007 25m raster dataset
Table 4. Metadata information for the LCM2007 1km raster dataset

Obtaining LCM2007

Request Land Cover Map 2007 from our Data Licensing Team using the form below or visit the CEH Environmental Information Platform for links to the various LCM2007 datasets.

Further information

Download samples of CEH data products

Contact datalicensing@ceh.ac.uk for further information on Land Cover Map. You can also view the LCM2007 launch webinar below.

 

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