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New map shows makeup of British landscape

Scientists have released a digital map that shows in unprecedented detail the mosaic of vegetation and land-cover types that makes up the British landscape.

The map will help improve our understanding of how we are using the land, and how we can manage it sustainably in the future.


The new UK Land Cover Map (LCM) is the product of several years' work. It's based on 70 satellite images collected between 2005 and 2008, and shows the distribution of different habitats around the UK to a resolution of just 25 metres. 


To produce the map, the scientists analysed the satellite photos by computer and used their colours to work out what kind of vegetation is growing there. Based on this, each area was assigned to a land cover type based on existing Biodiversity Action Plan habitat categories.


The scientists then used the results to fill in some ten million 'land parcel' shapes taken from Ordinance Survey data; although OS maps are so finely detailed - accurate to around a metre in urban areas - that they had to throw out a lot of the information to match the much lower resolution of the satellite data.


The results show that the main categories of land use, 'Arable and horticulture' and 'improved grassland' habitats, both take up a quarter of the UK's land area. 'Semi-natural grassland' takes up 13 per cent; 'mountain, heath and bog' accounts for another 16 per cent. 'Urban areas', 'coniferous woodland', 'broadleaved woodland' each make up a further 6 per cent, while 'coastal' and 'freshwater' habitats account for the rest.


Further information can be found at the NERC-sponsored "Planet Earth Online" at http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk/news/story.aspx?id=1016

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