Get LCM data

CEH has produced three digital land cover maps in 1990, 2000 and 2007. Each of the land cover maps are available as a number of different products with varying spatial resolutions. All of the products can be obtained from CEH under licence for academic, non-commercial and commercial use.

Use of the data & costs

CEH encourages use of land cover map data for academic research and education. All CEH land cover mapping is available under licence and free of charge to academics and students for use on specific, named, non-commercial research projects (administration and handling fees may apply).

Most products are free of charge for non-commercial use, a few may require the payment of a licence fee.

Land Cover Map 2007 datasets

There are several Land Cover Map 2007 (LCM2007) data products available at various resolutions.

Vector
The vector dataset is the most detailed of the LCM2007 data products. The vector data product is provided as polygons with each polygon having associated attribute data; these include its area, source images, Broad Habitat, and processing details. It is a large dataset and may prove unwieldy for some users.

25m raster
The 25m raster dataset is derived from the vector dataset and shows the dominant land cover based on a grid with a 25m resolution. The 25m raster dataset provides a similar level of detail to the vector dataset but without the additional attribute data and polygon boundaries.

1km raster
The 1km raster datasets are derived from the 25m raster data and are at a much reduced resolution. They are typically more appropriate for applications modelling the whole of the UK and are often combined with additional data, such as meteorological data or species distribution data.

The image below gives an indication of the level of detail in each product
Comparison of LCM 2007 products

The 1km products for LCM2007 were created by summarising the LCM2007 25m raster data set to produce percentage cover for each class and to identify the dominant (most widespread) class in each 1km pixel (Table 3). The products at 1km are At the 1km scale there are four different datasets:

  • Dominant target class
    This shows the dominant (most widespread) class in each 1km square
  • Dominant aggregate class
    This is broadly similar but LCM2007 has a defined set of aggregate classes based on merging LCM2007 classes as not all applications need the thematic resolution of the complete set of LCM2007 classes.
  • Percentage target class
    This shows the percentage cover of each class in each 1km square
  • Percentage aggregate class

The data are described in much more detail in the document 'Land Cover Map 2007 Dataset Documentation'.

 

Access LCM2007 data

LCM2007 data is available from the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC).  Follow the links below to the dataset you are interested in:

Vector data

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

25m raster

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km dominant target class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km dominant aggregate class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km percentage target class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km percentage aggregate class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

Web Map Services

Web Map Services (WMSs) are also available for the raster land cover maps:

25m raster

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km dominant target class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km dominant aggregate class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km percentage target class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1km percentage aggregate class

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

 

Land Cover Map 2000 and 1990

Previous Land Cover Maps (2000 and 1990) are also available from the EIDC

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