University of Wisconsin–Madison

Land Use and Land Cover Data

Land cover and land use are often used as interchangeable terms, but each designates a specific type of information.  Land cover designates the vegetation or other type of cover that is on the land (grass, red oak, concrete).  Land use designates the human-derived applications and activities that take place on the land (agriculture, commercial, residential).  There are a variety of state and national products available that map the past and present land cover and/or land use of an area.

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Last updated: September 21, 2017