Land Cover - CORINE


Land Cover

44 classes


The CORINE Land Cover is provided for 1990, 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. This vector-based dataset includes 44 land cover and land use classes. The time-series also includes a land-change layer, highlighting changes in land cover and land-use. The high-resolution layers (HRL) are raster-based datasets which provides information about different land cover characteristics and is complementary to land-cover mapping (e.g. CORINE) datasets.

Ortho-corrected high spatial resolution satellite images provide the geometrical and thematic basis for mapping. In-situ data (topographic maps, orthophotos and ground survey data) are essential ancillary information.

Results of the CLC inventories can be downloaded from Copernicus Land site free of charge for all users. CLC data can 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.

Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS)

Source data

Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, Pan-European component

Land Cover Map


The pan-European component in the Copernicus program, is coordinated by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and produces land cover / land use (LC/LU) information in the CORINE Land Cover data, High Resolution Layers, Biophysical parameters and European Ground Motion Service.

Spatial resolution

Continental coverage: Europe

50m to 10m spatial resolution, depending on the year

Temporal resolution

Period of observation:

1990, 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018