Land Cover and Land Use

The Land cover and Land Use theme focusses on foundation datasets for Land Cover and Land Use. Both land cover/use are often very interrelated datasets. Land cover shows the natural cover on the Earth's surface including trees, shrubs, grasses, soils, exposed rocks and water bodies; as well as human elements such as plantations, crops and built environments; Land Use refers to the ways in which land cover is used by humans (e.g. residential, industrial, commercial, agricultural, forestry, recreational).

Theme Purpose

Land cover and land use theme give a nationally consistent series of land cover/use information to help decision making by business and government. Nationally consistent land cover/use data also gives key inputs for the academic and research communities.  

Theme Coverage

Complete, current and continuous coverage of Australia excluding external territories.