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The Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) has been developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to meet the need for improved access to reliable and standardized information on land cover and land cover change.

LCCS is a comprehensive, standardized a priori classification system designed to meet specific user requirements, and created for mapping exercises, independent of the scale or means used to map. It enables a comparison of land cover classes regardless of data source, thematic discipline or country. The LCCS system enhances the standardization process and minimizes the problem of dealing with a very large amount of pre-defined classes.

To facilitate the complex classification process and ensure standardization, innovative software has been developed to guide the user to select the appropriate class.

The following manual accompanies version 2 of the LCCS software, which has been developed on the experience gained from numerous FAO/UNEP and country mapping activities including the Africover East Africa Project. The new version of the LCCS software is fully compatible with the previous version to ensure continuity of past and future LCCS mapping activities.

Land Cover Classification System (LCCS), version 2:
Classification Concepts and User Manual
By A. Di Gregorio

208 pages, 76 figures, 12 tables, and CD-ROM with software

FAO Environment and Natural Resources Service Series, No. 8 - FAO, Rome, 2005

Land cover; classification; classification system; standardization; harmonization.

This series replaces the following:
Environment and Energy Series
Remote Sensing Centre Series
Agrometeorology Working Paper

A list of documents published in the above series and other information can be found at the Web site:

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