ESA's latest map of world's land cover unveiled

Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): ESA's 2009 global land cover map has been unveiled and is available on the 'GlobCover' website.

The map was produced using 12 months of data from Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer at a resolution of 300 m.

ESA and Belgium's Universite catholique de Louvain created the map using software developed by Medias France and Germany's Brockmann Consult on data collected from 1 January to 31 December 2009.

GlobCover 2009 was generated within a year of acquiring the final satellite data.

The map's legend uses the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Land Cover Classification System.

Some 8000 people have downloaded the previous version, GlobCover 2005.

These maps are valuable for studying the effects of climate change, conserving biodiversity and managing natural resources. (ANI)

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