Land-cover maps of Europe from the Cloud
20 March 2020
Mapping land cover is not only essential for monitoring change, but it also underpins numerous practical applications. However, generating these maps entails handling huge amounts of satellite data and some technical expertise. Thanks to the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and new cloud-computing resources, fully automated land-cover maps in 10 m resolution are on the horizon.
Natural processes, climate change and the way we use land to feed, shelter and support a growing population means that Earth's land cover is in a continual state of change.
Information on land cover is important at many levels – at local, regional, national and global scales, and over different timescales.