Cole, B. et al

Corine land cover 2018 for the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey

This dataset is the 2018 Corine Land Cover map, consisting of 44 classes in the hierarchical three level Corine nomenclature.

Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018, CLC change 2012-2018 and CLC 2012 revised are three of the datasets produced within the frame of the Copernicus programme on land monitoring. Corine Land Cover (CLC) provides consistent information on land cover and land cover changes across Europe; these two maps are the UK component of Europe.

This inventory was initiated in 1985 (reference year 1990) and established a time series of land cover information with updates in 2000, 2006 and 2012 being the last iteration. CLC products are based on photointerpretation of satellite images by national teams of participating countries – the EEA member and cooperating countries – following a standard methodology and nomenclature with the following base parameters: 44 classes in the hierarchical three level Corine nomenclature; minimum mapping unit (MMU) of status layers is 25 hectares; minimum width of linear elements is 100 metres; minimum mapping unit (MMU) for Land Cover Changes (LCC) for the change layers is 5 hectares. The resulting national land cover inventories are further integrated into a seamless land cover map of Europe. Land cover and land use (LCLU) information is important not only for land change research, but also more broadly for the monitoring of environmental change, policy support, the creation of environmental indicators and reporting. CLC datasets provide important datasets supporting the implementation of key priority areas of the Environment Action Programmes of the European Union as protecting ecosystems, halting the loss of biological diversity, tracking the impacts of climate change, assessing developments in agriculture and implementing the EU Water Framework Directive, among others. More information about the Corine Land Cover (CLC) and Copernicus land monitoring data in general can be found at

Publication date: 2021-10-06

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Shapefile

You must cite: Cole, B.; De la Barreda, B.; Hamer, A.; Codd, T.; Payne, M.; Chan, L.; Smith, G.; Balzter, H. (2021). Corine land cover 2018 for the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre.


Any communication and publication by the beneficiary shall acknowledge that the action was carried out “with funding by the European Union”.


Study area
Temporal extent
2018-01-01    to    2018-12-31

Provenance & quality

CLC products are based in majority of EEA39 countries on the photointerpretation of satellite images by the national teams of the participating countries - the EEA member and cooperating countries. This data covers the UK. All features in original vector database are delineated and classified on satellite images according to CLC specifications i.e. with better than 100 m positional accuracy and 25 ha minimum mapping unit (5 ha MMU for change layer) into the standardized CLC nomenclature (44 CLC classes). The change layer is derived from satellite imagery by direct mapping of changes taken place between two consecutive inventories, based on image-to-image comparison.
Details of the QC are in the metadata. All areas were independently verified by a second interpreter. The quality of interpretation was checked by the European technical team.

Correspondence/contact details

Cole, B.
University of Leicester
School of Geography, Geology and Environment


Cole, B.
University of Leicester
De la Barreda, B.
University of Nottingham
Hamer, A.
University of Manchester
Codd, T.
University of Leicester
Payne, M.
University of Leicester
Chan, L.
University of Leicester
Smith, G.
Specto Natura
Balzter, H.
University of Leicester

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
University of Leicester

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover , Environment
Copernicus,  Geospatial data,  land cover,  land use
Land Cover
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:21