EUROSTAT provides the LUCAS dataset, a multi-purpose survey on the state and the dynamics of changes in land use and cover in the European Union.

I wonder if there are any land classification projects (preferably public works), that make use of the LUCAS data base in combination with other (European-wide) geospatial data (remotely sensed or else) and/or land (cover and/or use) data bases.

In particular, I am interested in a nomenclature correspondence between LUCAS and other European schemes.

For examle, an attempt to assess CORINE's thematic accuracy using the LUCAS data set, is described in Fine scale profile of CORINE Land Cover classes with LUCAS data.


The accuracy of the pan-European forest map 2000 was assesed using the LUCAS2001 dataset. More details here

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This data is available in Vector and Raster Format here:


This data was included in the Open Street Map Project:


more detail http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Corine_Land_Cover

RAMON is another that is Combined Nomenclature, 2013 http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/ramon/index.cfm?TargetUrl=DSP_PUB_WELC

and expect your are familiar with NUTS http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/nuts_nomenclature/introduction

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  • This is the very first time I read such a statement (LUCAS = updated CORINE). Any documents that support this statement? For your information, the most up-to-date CORINE land data base is the one of 2006 (in fact, a product recently modified -- on 2012 -- available as a vector or raster data set) (CORINE2006). The nomenclature is not quite the same (plese check The LUCAS nomenclature). The term CORINE is absent. – Nikos Alexandris Dec 13 '12 at 15:07
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    not updated - but replacement/additional agrienv.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pdfs/LUCAS_CORINE.pdf – Mapperz Dec 13 '12 at 15:18
  • Thank you for your time. I am aware of this document. And I forgot that it includes a table (which is of my very interest). Otherwise, LUCAS is based on field sampling, CORINE based on satellite imagery. They are different "things" and cannot replace each other. LUCAS might be useful to assess the thematic accuracy of CORINE maps, but that's all about it. And, as the paper clearly concludes, such a task is very difficult and probably will lead to non-reliable results. LUCAS uses 3m^2 sampling units, CORINE is set to 25Ha Min Mapping Unit. Anything I miss? – Nikos Alexandris Dec 13 '12 at 15:34
  • I will add the document you mentioned in my question. – Nikos Alexandris Dec 13 '12 at 15:35
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    LUCAS is not the new version of the CLC2000. LUCAS is a field-based land use survey. CLC2000/CLC2006 is a landcover map photo-interpreted from medium resolution (SPOT/IRS) satellite imagery. epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/… – dmci Dec 13 '12 at 16:01

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