National datasets

Output Product

Dynamic Land Cover Dataset

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The Dynamic Land Cover Dataset of Australia is the first nationally consistent and thematically comprehensive land cover reference for Australia. It is the result of a collaboration between Geoscience Australia and the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences, and provides a base-line for identifying and reporting on change and trends in vegetation cover and extent.

Dataset Purpose

The purpose of the Dynamic Land Cover Datasets is to provide nationally consistent land cover information at 250 metre resolution. It provides a base-line for reporting on change and trends in vegetation cover and extent. This information about land cover


Complete, current and continuous coverage of Australia. The dataset presents a synopsis of land cover information for every 250m by 250m area of the country from April 2000 to April 2008. These reflect the structural character of vegetation, ranging from cultivated and managed land covers (crops and pastures) to natural land covers such as closed forest and open grasslands. In addition to the land cover map, the Dynamic Land Cover Dataset contains 3 layers that show the trend in annual greenness characteristics between 2000 and 2008. These trend layers highlight areas that are becoming greener or less green over time