Organisation: European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Title: LUCAS Copernicus 2018


The Land Use/Cover Area frame Survey (LUCAS) is a regular in-situ land cover and land use ground survey exercise that extends over the whole of the European Union. LUCAS was carried out in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and 2018. A new LUCAS module specifically tailored to Earth Observation was introduced in 2018: the LUCAS Copernicus module, aiming at surveying land cover extent up to 51 meters in four cardinal directions around a point of observation. This paper first summarizes the LUCAS Copernicus protocol to collect homogeneous land cover on a surface area of up to a 0.52 ha. Secondly, it proposes a methodology to create a ready-to-use dataset for Earth Observation land cover and land use applications with high resolution satellite imagery. As a result, a total of 63,364 LUCAS points distributed over 26 level-2 land cover classes were surveyed on the ground. Using homogeneous extent information in the four cardinal direction, a polygon was delineated for each of such point. Through ...

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (2018):  LUCAS Copernicus 2018. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:
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Issue date 2018-12-22
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Update frequency triennial
Data theme(s) Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food; Environment; Science and technology

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