I have latitude-longitude coordinates for a certain region with me. Is it possible that when I enter this data in Google Earth, I can somehow extract the land cover class associated with each coordinate?

Or how can I access the land cover data (if GE already has it online)?

I am new to Google Earth.

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    Unless you've got a KML file or KML network link that is putting land cover data on your Google Earth, you can't do it.
    – Spacedman
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 17:09

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As far as I know, Google Earth does not have land use/cover data. It has detailed satellite images that covers most of the globe. You can only visualize your points on Google Earth to see in which region/part of the earth are located. And even if there is a land use/cover data, you still cannot extract those raster information to the point, as you can do in other GIS software like ArcGIS or QGIS.


Though land cover/land use (LCLU) maps are produced from classification of satellite imagery, I don't know if you can find such information in Google Earth. However, you can access this information worldwide from different sources:

For Europe, you can have a look on:

Another source might be OpenStreetMap, which has landuse tags (and also the less used landcover tag). An interesting project is this land use map derived from OpenStreetMap:

Finally, many countries also produced their own LCLU maps/database. You may check for the countries you want...

As mentioned by @ahmadhanb, after having download these data, you might use a GIS software such as QGIS or ArcGIS to extract land cover classes by location.

  • Use of Google Earth is compulsory for me. I need to test the reliability of its data against the landcover data that I already have from Globcover (which you mentioned in your answer). Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 16:16
  • Does it have to be an automatic comparison between GE imagery and Globcover? If yes, you could "print screen" Google imagery using a script and then make the comparison.
    – juminet
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 20:00

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