CORINE classification scheme

The European council found EEA (European environmental agency) in 1990 to search and discuss the environmental issues all around the Europe. LUC of Europe is one of the most important data to define environmental strategies. CORINE system aims at collecting comparable and consistent land cover data across Europe. This information system, offers the essential elements for the applications of nature conservation, urban planning and resource management. The European nomenclature distinguishes 44 different types of land cover. Individual countries can supplement these categories with a more detailed level if they desire so. CORINE Land Cover is bridging the gap between the local (micro) and the EU (macro) scales. CORINE Land Cover is a platform of communication not only for environmental information, but also for the policies that shape the environment (figure 1).

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Fig. 1. The legend of CORINE LUC classes codes and colors (EEA 2012b).