Land cover map of the EU

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CORINE Land Cover 2000 (CLC2000) is produced by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its member countries in the European environment information and observation network (Eionet). It is based on the results of IMAGE2000, a satellite imaging programme undertaken jointly by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the EEA.

CLC2000 is an update for the reference year 2000 of the first CORINE Land Cover database (CLC90). It is based on photo-interpretation of satellite images by the national teams of the participating countries. National land cover inventories are further integrated into a seamless land cover map of Europe. As per CLC90, the resulting CLC2000 European database is based on standard methodology and nomenclature, providing a three-level hierarchy (with optional lower levels for use at national scale). The third level nomenclature contains 47 land cover classes as indicated in the table below.

The main potential uses of the CLC90 and CLC2000 data for integrated risk assessment are likely to be as inputs to models of environmental pollution and hazards. One example is the work done by the EEA and DG JRC regarding mapping the impact of environmental disasters (such as the Prestige accident and consequent oil spill out of the coast of Galicia in Spain) on human health and protection of life quality. This is part of the database in its current form and can provide some guidance on harmonized use of spatial data for mapping environment and health interactions over time. Another is the use of CLC90 to model emissions, population density and atmospheric pollution at the 1km scale across the EU-15, as part of the APMoSPHERE project. While the most recent CORINE database is CLC2000 and it should usually be the land cover dataset of choice for most assessments, CLC90 may be useful for retrospective assessments related to the late 1980s to early 1990s.

Map classes recognised in the CLC2000 land cover map
Code Class name
1 Continuous urban fabric
2 Discontinuous urban fabric
3 Industrian and commercial units
4 Road and rail networks and associated land
5 Port areas
6 Airports
7 Mineral exctraction sites
8 Dump sites
9 Construction sites
10 Green urban areas
11 Sport and leisure facilities
12 Non-irrigated arable land
13 Permanently irrigated land
14 Rice fields
15 Vine yards
16 Fruit trees and berry plantations
17 Olive groves
18 Pastures
19 Annual crops associated with permanent crops
20 Compex cultivation patterns
21 Land principally occupies by agriculture, with significant areas of vegetation
22 Agro-foresty areas
23 Broad-leaved forest
24 Corniferous forest
25 Mixed forest
26 Natural grasslands
27 Moor and heathland
28 Sclerophyllous vegetation
29 Transitional woodland-shrub
30 Beaches, dunes, sand
31 Bare rock
32 Sparsely vegetated areas
33 Burned areas
34 Glaciers and perpetual snow
35 Inland marhses
36 Peat bogs
37 Salt marshes
38 Salines
39 Iterdital flats
40 Water courses
41 Water bodies
42 Costal lagoons
43 Estuaries
44 Sea and ocean

See also

Integrated Environmental Health Impact Assessment System
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