Copernicus Annual 300 m Land Cover (CCI-LC)

Gobal maps describing the land surface into 22 classes,  defined by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization?s (UN FAO) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS).

Maps are consistent with the series of global annual LC maps from the 1990s to 2015 produced by the European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI).  300 m resolution (actually geographic equivalent), annual 1992 to 2015, available in single year Geotiff  (ftp download, so your IT might have issues)

To produce this dataset, the entire Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) Full and Reduced Resolution archive from 2003 to 2012 was first classified into a unique 10-year baseline LC map. This is then back- and up-dated using change detected from (i) Advanced Very-High-Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) time series from 1992 to 1999, (ii) SPOT-Vegetation (SPOT-VGT) time series from 1998 to 2012 and (iii) PROBA-Vegetation (PROBA-V) and Sentinel-3 OLCI (S3 OLCI) time series from 2013 to 2019.

Beyond the climate-modelling communities, this dataset?s long-term consistency, yearly updates, and high thematic detail on a global scale have made it attractive for a multitude of applications such as land accounting, forest monitoring and desertification, in addition to scientific research.

Data categories and Legends at http://maps.elie.ucl.ac.be/CCI/viewer/download/CCI-LC_Maps_Legend.pdf  which are similar to GLOBCOVER

 

Citing: ESA. Land Cover CCI Product User Guide Version 2. Tech. Rep. (2017). Available at: maps.elie.ucl.ac.be/CCI/viewer/download/ESACCI-LC-Ph2-PUGv2_2.0.pdf


Using in MICRODEM


http://maps.elie.ucl.ac.be/CCI/viewer/download.php has 1992 to 2018 in netcdf, but can be converted to Geotiff with GDAL:

The maps can be transformed to the GeoTiff format using GDAL as follows, replacing Year, Band_Name and Output_Filename with the parameters of interest:

gdalwarp -of Gtiff -co COMPRESS=LZW -co TILED=YES -ot Byte -te -180.0000000 -90.0000000 180.0000000 90.0000000 -tr 0.002777777777778 0.002777777777778 -t_srs EPSG:4326 NETCDF:C3S-LC-L4-LCCS-Map-300m-P1Y-Year-v2.1.1.nc:BandName OutputFilename.tif

with Year the year : 2016, 2017 or 2018; and BandName one of the following: lccs_class; processed_flag; current_pixel_state; observation_count; change_count.

Example code translating the 2017 LC map from netCDF to GeoTiff:

gdalwarp -of Gtiff -co COMPRESS=LZW -co TILED=YES -ot Byte -te -180.0000000 -90.0000000 180.0000000 90.0000000 -tr 0.002777777777778 0.002777777777778 -t_srs EPSG:4326 NETCDF:C3S-LC-L4-LCCS-Map-300m-P1Y-2017-v2.1.1.nc:lccs_class C3S-LC-L4-LCCS-Map-300m-P1Y-2017-v2.1.1.tif


Land cover basics

Other landform/landcover data sets a 300-1000 m resolution

 Last revision 3/29/2022