How LCM is used

CEH's land cover maps have been successfully used by government departments and agencies throughout the UK, county councils, charities and commissions and also environmental management bodies. The improved thematic and spatial accuracy of LCM2007 increases its potential and, in conjunction with other data, it will be vital for many applications in the following sectors:

  • Atmosphere and climate
  • Water and catchments
  • Ecosystem service assessment
  • Marine and coastal
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Impact assessment
  • Health and hazards
  • Agriculture
  • Landscape planning
  • Telecommunications
  • Urban studies
  • Statistics, information
  • Education and publicity
  • Carbon accounting

Some examples of the many, varied uses of the Land Cover Map are shown below

Severn Trent Water

Severn Trent used the LCM2007 vector data for risk mapping to support catchment management and drinking water safety planning

The dataset defined the baseline land parcels and was used in support of archival satellite imagery to produce annual land use maps. In turn, these land use maps were overlaid with inherent field risk (soil type, slope and proximity to water) to develop pesticide risk maps

OFCOM, Microsoft and other global technology companies

Land Cover Map 2007 25m raster data is a vital component of a pilot project by Ofcom to investigate the potential for the gaps or "white space" in the frequency band for digital terrestrial TV to be used for other applications at certain times. The amount of white space available varies by location, hence the requirement for Land Cover Map. Examples of the applications include monitoring the behaviour of cities, enhancing traffic information, improving broadband in hard-to-reach places and developing intelligent devices.

Norfolk Rivers Trust

The Norfolk Rivers Trust uses the Land Cover Map 2007 25m raster data for Diffuse Pollution Risk Mapping

"My project aims to identify high-risk sites for water runoff. To give me a good idea of where to concentrate my effort, I ran the SCIMAP Model. Using Land Cover Map 2007 25m raster data, as well as rainfall and digital terrain data, the model highlighted risky areas of flow within the River Nar catchment. When I went out on site to these identified areas during heavy rain, I could see the flow of water out of fields and down roads. I wouldn’t solely rely on the model to tell me where to look because there was other evidence elsewhere in the catchment, but it is a good indicator."

Helen Mandley, Farming & Water Project Officer.