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Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Land Cover

Aim of the resource

To standardize data collection on land in Europe to support environmental policy development.
To coordinate the compilation of data and the organisation of information from EEA’s member and cooperating countries.
To ensure that information is consistent and that data are compatible.
To contribute to a wide range of studies with European coverage, e.g.: ecosystem mapping, modelling the impacts of climate change, landscape fragmentation by roads, abandonment of farmland and major structural changes in agriculture, urban sprawl, water management.

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Other languages in which the resource is available:
German (Germany)
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European Environment Agency
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Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Land Cover provides information on the biophysical characteristics of European land cover. The CORINE Land Cover project was established in the 1980s to standardise data collection on the state of land in Europe and to support environmental policy, and has become the primary spatial data source on land for the European Economic Area. Images are acquired by earth observation satellites. It is currently a product of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service. Copernicus is the earth observation programme of the European Union.


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