Geospatial information for sustainable food systems

Land Cover Toolbox

FAO Land Cover toolbox is a set of free desktop tools for supporting

  • legend generation   
  • interpretation    
  • statistical analyses.

The software package includes:

Land Cover Classification System tool (LCCS)

A user-friendly tool with a graphical user interface that allows the classification of the land cover features in a comprehensive system, applying the LCML standard. This enables the comparison and correlation of land cover classes regardless of mapping scale, land cover type, data collection method or geographical location.

Mapping Device-Change Analysis Tool (MAD-CAT)

A stand-alone application that offers users different interpretation techniques (visual, semi-automatic, fully automatic) as well as tools for working with vector layers (editing tool) and raster layers (i.e. arithmetic operations, calculation of vegetation indices within polygons).

Advanced Database Gateway v.3 (ADG)

A cross-cutting interrogation software that provides a user-friendly interface to analyse LCCS-based land cover data. The ADG has two main functions:

  • decoding and analysis of database categories according to the LCML rules;
  • customized querying by objects using the capability of the software to automatically understand the class content.

It allows end users to interrogate the database more effectively according to their specific needs and to better understand and interact with land cover databases built using the LCML (LCCS3) logic. This ensures that there is no data redundancy, no conflict of definitions, transparency and deep understanding of the classification criteria and reusability.