Rowland, C.S.; Marston, C.G.; Morton, R.D.; O’Neil, A.W.

Land Cover Change 1990-2015 (25m raster, N. Ireland)

This dataset consists of the 25m raster, Land Cover Change 1990 - 2015 product for Northern Ireland. The dataset is produced from the Land Cover Map (LCM) 25m raster versions of LCM1990 and LCM2015 and reports Land Cover Change between 1990 and 2015 in six simplified classes. The product consists of five bands:
Band 1 – a raster version of LCM1990 in the six simplified classes;
Band 2 – a raster version of LCM2015 in the six simplified classes;
Band 3 – a binary layer, where 0 means no change between 1990 and 2015 and 1 means change between 1990 and 2015;
Band 4 – shows the 'change from' class;
Band 5 – provides the 'change to' class.

Full details of the Land Cover Change dataset are provided in the Land Cover Change dataset documentation, which users should consult.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-06-24


Study area
Temporal extent
1990-01-01    to    2015-12-31

Provenance & quality

Bands 1 and 2 are derived from the 25m raster versions of the Land Cover Maps for 1990 and 2015 respectively. The LCM data for 1990 and 2015 was cast from the original 21 classes into 6 simplified classes (see data set documentation for details).

Band 3 (the binary change/no-change layer) maps differences between the simplified classes in 1990 and 2015. Band 3 and Band 1 are then used to create Band 4, the ‘change from’ layer, which gives the 1990 class for change. Band 5, the ‘change to’ layer, is calculated from Bands 3 and 2 and provides the 2015 ‘change to’ class.

For further details about LCM1990 and LCM2015 are given in the data set documents for those products.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Clare Rowland
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg


Rowland, C.S.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Marston, C.G.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Morton, R.D.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
O’Neil, A.W.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover , Environment
Biodiversity Biodiversity Climate and land Ecosystem restoration Land Land cover Land Cover Map Mapping Maps Net zero greenhouse gas emissions Northern Ireland,  UK-SCAPE
Land Cover
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
TM75 Irish Grid
Last updated
08 October 2021 12:00