Land cover is the observed (bio)-physical cover on the Earth’s surface. It influences climate by modifying water and energy exchanges with the atmosphere and by changing greenhouse gas and aerosol sources and sinks. Land-cover conditions are inherently dynamic (i.e. seasonality) and distributions are linked to regional climatic conditions, so changes in cover can be due to climate change on a regional scale as well as directly due to human activities.
Sarah Carter, Martin Herold
Maps of Land Cover; Maps of High Resolution Land Cover; Maps of Key IPCC Land Use, Related Changes and Land Management Types