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A new FAO land cover product [flyer]: the "Global Land Cover SHARE (GLC-SHARE), Beta-Release 1.0 database of year 2014" has been launched [FAO news]. It brings global land cover data under one roof and represents the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date [audio inteview].
AFRICOVER datasets
glcn logo AFRICOVER datasets (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) can be downloaded through the FAO's geo-catalogue: GeoNetwork.
Tools: MAD-CAT
 MAD-CAT is a stand alone application that integrates land cover mapping, change detection and validation functions. It allows delineations from satellite imagery using object-based classification techniques. [more..]
LCCS3: towards LCCM
 The version 3 of LCCS builds upon the Land Cover Classification Model (LCCM) developed by using the Unified Modeling Language (UML). LCCM allows creating classes of land cover through an object-based approach. [more..]
The GLCN initiative (brochure) is the result of a common effort of partners and sponsors to answer the need, expressed by the international community, for a standardized global land cover database. This initiative has been launched at the conference "Strategies for Global Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring" held in Florence 6-8 May 2002.
  • Harmonize land cover definitions, classification systems, mapping and monitoring specifications.
  • Develop standards for global mapping.
  • Initiate building of a global database.
  • Promote outreach initiatives on development methodologies and applications of land cover data.
  • Provide advisory services.
  • Function as an international, politically neutral and not-for-profit clearinghouse for land cover information at global and regional levels.
multi-date Landsat imagery
multi-date landsat imagery

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