New database most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date
17 March 2014, Rome - A new FAO database released today collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface.
Up to now, one of the major challenges to getting a good global overview of land cover - e.g. how much land is covered by croplands, trees or forests, bare soils, etc. - has been the fact that different countries and organizations go about identifying, measuring and recording such data in diverse ways.
Additional information on the product, methodology available at: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/216144/icode/
GLC-SHARE database can be downloaded at: http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home?uuid=ba4526fd-cdbf-4028-a1bd-5a559c4bff38
GLC-SHARE shall be used for the update of the GAEZ version 4 which is ongoing by FAO and IIASA.