Fuller, R.M. et al

Land Cover Map 2000 (vector, GB)

This dataset consists of the vector version of the Land Cover Map 2000 for Great Britain, containing individual parcels of land cover (the highest available resolution). Level 2 & Level 3 attributes are available. Level 2, the standard level of detail, provides 26 LCM2000 target or ('sub') classes. This is the most widely used version of the dataset. Level 3 gives higher class detail. However, the quality of this level of detail may vary in different areas of the country, requiring expert interpretation. The dataset is part of a series of data products produced by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology known as LCM2000. LCM2000 is a parcel-based thematic classification of satellite image data covering the entire United Kingdom. The map updates and upgrades the Land Cover Map of Great Britain (LCMGB) 1990. Like the earlier 1990 products, LCM2000 is derived from a computer classification of satellite scenes obtained mainly from Landsat, IRS and SPOT sensors and also incorporates information derived from other ancillary datasets. LCM2000 was classified using a nomenclature corresponding to the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Broad Habitats, which encompasses the entire range of UK habitats. In addition, it recorded further detail where possible. The series of LCM2000 products includes vector and raster formats, with a number of different versions containing varying levels of detail and at different spatial resolutions.

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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Format of the dataset : Shapefile

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You must cite: Fuller, R.M.; Smith, G.M.; Sanderson J.M.; Hill, R.A.; Thomson, A.G.; Cox, R.; Brown, N.J.; Clarke, R.T.; Rothery, P.; Gerard, F.F. (2002). Land Cover Map 2000 (vector, GB). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/b79e887e-a2a7-4224-8fd7-e78066b950b3


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Study area
Temporal extent
2000-01-01    to    2000-12-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Fuller, R.M., Smith, G.M., Sanderson, J.M., Hill, R.A., & Thomson, A.G. (2002). The UK Land Cover Map 2000: construction of a parcel-based vector map from satellite images. Cartographic Journal, 39. 15-25.

Provenance & quality

In a major development of earlier methods, LCM2000 used image segmentation to identify land parcels in the pixel-based images. An automated procedure grouped the image pixels into spectrally 'uniform' segments. These were built around 'seedpoints' selected to avoid parcel boundaries. The segmentation recorded a field-by-field pattern, also separating land use zones within urban and suburban areas, and subdividing mosaics of semi-natural vegetation. Generalisation gave minimum mappable units of a half hectare. A 'vector' version was then created in the geographical information system (GIS), where the boundaries between the pixel-based segments were represented by digital linework. The resultant land parcels were treated as GIS objects to which attribute data could then be attached covering such topics as land cover class, parcel area, length of boundary, processing history, knowledge-based correction and identification of the original satellite scene. The raster products have been derived from the vector dataset. LCM2000 was produced at CEH Monks Wood. For further information on the methodology developed and used to create Land Cover Map 2000, see on-line supporting documentation.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Dan Morton
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
United Kingdom


Fuller, R.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smith, G.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Sanderson J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hill, R.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Thomson, A.G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cox, R.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brown, N.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Clarke, R.T.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rothery, P.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gerard, F.F.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Natural Environment Research Council


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Imagery / Base Maps / Earth Cover
Great Britain,  Habitats,  Natural Capital Parr Section
Land Cover