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1. Abstract presentation of a classification consisting of a continuum with two gradients: circles and triangles in red and white (From Kuechler and Zonneveld, 1988).

2. Concrete situation in the field in a particular area (From Kuechler and Zonneveld, 1988).

3. Legend as application of a classification in a particular area.

4. Example of an a priori (above) and a posteriori (below) classification of a concrete situation in the field (adapted from Kuechler and Zonneveld, 1988).

5. Example of description of land cover using a different underlying principle.

6. Problem of the current a priori classifications in relation to their flexibility.

7. Overview of the Land Cover Classification System, its two phases and the classifiers.

8. The Modular-Hierarchical Phase: example of tailoring of the classifiers and attributes for the "Cultivated and Managed Terrestrial Areas" (left) and "Natural and Semi-Natural Aquatic or Regularly Flooded Vegetation" (to the right).

9. Main Structural Vegetation Domains (Di Gregorio and Jansen, 1996a).

10. Example from the East Africa Project, with variable minimal mapable areas (not at original scale).

11. The Actions Panel in the Classification Module.

12. The Dichotomous Phase with the classifier options Primarily Vegetated - Terrestrial - Natural and Semi-Natural Vegetation selected.

13. Example of the classifiers and attributes of two major land cover types: Cultivated and Managed Terrestrial Areas (A11) and Natural and Semi-Natural Terrestrial Vegetation (A12).

14. Example of classifier options at different levels of detail (major land cover type A12 - classifier Life Form with a first general level and a second more detailed level).

15. Example of modifier that further defines a classifier option (major land cover class A12 - classifier Leaf Phenology with modifier options Mixed and Semi-Deciduous).

16. Examples of Show Class windows with a land cover class defined in the Natural and Semi-Natural Terrestrial Vegetation major land cover type.

17. Example of Show Class window with a land cover class with additional environmental attributes: Landform and Climate.

18. Example of use of the Specific Technical Attribute Floristic Aspect.

19. From the Classification Module to Legend: window in which the user has to select whether or not the defined land cover class is part of a Mixed Unit.

20. Window with the options for definition of the Type of Clone in order to add a User-Defined Attribute.

21. Example of Legend User-Defined Attribute within a mixed class.

22. Example of the Legend Display.

23. Example of Legend Standard Description.

24. Example of Legend Classifiers Used.

25. First screen of Import.

26. Retrieving individual land cover classes from the Legend Module into the Translator - Import facility.

27. First screen of the Similarity Assessment, in which the reference land cover class is selected and second screen in which a number of options need to be selected.

28. Comparison of two external classes using LCCS as reference classification system.


1. Distinction at the main Dichotomous level and the second level.

2. Distinction at the third level of the Dichotomous Phase into eight major land cover categories.

3. Example of the formation of land cover classes.

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