Physical and biological cover of the earth s surface including artificial surfaces agricultural areas forests semi natural areas wetlands water bodies
Land cover data is a physical or biological description of the earth surface In this way it is different from the land use data Annex III theme number 4 dedicated to the description of the use of the Earth surface Land cover information has to be homogenous and comparable between different locations in Europe based on the infrastructures for Land Cover information created by the Member States if existing and made available and maintained at the most appropriate level A land cover data set consists of a collection of land cover units These units may be points polygons or raster cells resulting in two core models one for vector data and one for raster data The land cover data set is also linked to a code list e g the CORINE Land Cover code list CORINE Land Cover as well as most regional and national land cover data sets can be represented using one of the core models Land cover information used in monitoring linked to EU agricultural policy IACS in carbon monitoring LULUCF and used in land and ecosystem accounting based on CORINE Land Cover LEAC
The INSPIRE Interactive Data specification platform offers MS data providers two new applications to support in general their initial data scope “identification” task whether their dataset(s) fall under the data scope of INSPIRE or not.
The first application “Interactive Data Specifications” facilitates the use of the INSPIRE Data Specification – Technical Guidelines documents by providing means to study as well as compare selected parts of the INSPIRE technical documentation (from up to 3 data themes).
The second application “Find your scope” has been developed to support MS data providers with identification of the INSPIRE data scope that is relevant to their dataset(s) that they administer. This application is foreseen to be useful especially in situations where data provider’s datasets do not follow exactly the INSPIRE data themes /application schemas content.
The platform also provides links to useful additional resources of information (e.g. INSPIRE Registry, website etc.).
The development of the Toolkit has been supported by ARE3NA, Action 1.17 of the EU ISA Programme.