INSPIRE Community Forum

Land Cover & Use

INSPIRE themes involved: 
For more information on the INSPIRE themes included in this cluster please use the dedicated areas listed below. Here you will find detailed information including INSPIRE theme description, technical guidelines, data models, data schemas, geoportal data, and implementations.

INSPIRE Geoportal Data Sets
Land cover Geoportal Data
Land use Geoportal Data
Land Cover & Use

Owner: Lena Hallin-Pihlatie

Group members: 196


This is an open group for people involved and interested in the INSPIRE Thematic Cluster on Land Cover and Land Use.

Please use this cluster group to share resources and to raise discussions which are common to both the Land Cover and Land Use themes.

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Brief description: Join this group to share your knowledge, learn and collaborate in solving issues related to the Land Cover and Land Use themes.

Links relevant to the INSPIRE Land Use and Land Cover Thematic Community

Recommended implementation examples

Examples of view and download services for harmonised LC and LU data

Transformation rules for Corine Land Cover (CLC) and Urban Atlas (UA) according to INSPIRE Land Cover theme. Find the project report and the CLC and UA example GMLs, Matching tables for CLC and UA and the schematron file here

Land Cover Vector GML example 1 (Best Practise), example 2 and example 3

Land Cover Vector ESRI database template example

Existing Land Use GML example

Planned Land Use GML example

Validation tools

Executable Test Suites for Land Cover for use online or offline

The INSPIRE Validator

Preliminary proposals for changes

Please give your opinion and feedback on present collection of proposals for change, collected at this page  You're also very welcome to contribute to existing discussion or to start new discussion topics on issues you think should be fixed, clarified or improved.

Additional change proposals have been sent in by Member States to the Commission in autumn 2017. Of these three concern the Land Cover and Land Use themes.

Monitoring and reporting

Datasets and services reported for the Land Cover and Land Use themes by the Member States

INSPIRE Conference LCLU presentations (2013-2017)

1. Cross-thematic Presentations

2. Presentations on Land Cover

3. Presentations on Land Use

4. Workshop INSPIRE ’Land Cover at the INSPIRE/GWF Conference 2015

The presentations from session I

The presentations from session II

Recent events

Land use/land cover products: challenges and opportunities workshop 15 November 2017

Copernicus Land Monitoring stakeholder consultation workshop 16 November 2017, material here

INSPIRE Land Cover and Land Use workshop, INSPIRE Conference 2016

INSPIRE KEN workshop on WCS and raster encoding 29-30 September 2015

Nordic webinar on the INSPIRE theme Land Cover 2015

INSPIRE Land Cover workshop, INSPIRE/GWF Conference 2015

Call for expressions of interest for the Copernicus Expert Group

Projects and relevant activities

1. Harmonised European Land Monitoring (HELM)

2. PNOT project, including SIOSE, Spain

3. Plan4Business

4. Eionet Action Group on Land monitoring in Europe (EAGLE)

5. European Locational Framework (ELF)

6. The Cross-border project SPATIAL

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Contents for which the tags 'TC-LC' or 'TC-LU' or 'cross-cluster' have been used