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November Map of the Month- Ireland from Abroad: Irish Land Cover & Land Use

November’s Map of the Month is Ireland from Abroad: Irish Land Cover and Land Use mapped internationally. It presents a series of dynamic maps of current Irish land use and land cover produced by European and international suppliers.

Map above: ESRI Land Cover map

Cartographers: Dr Stuart Green & Dr Jesko Zimmermann

View map here: Ireland from Abroad

The demand for mapped information on Irish land use and land cover is great. Whilst the OSI will publish a national land cover map 2022, there are a number of recent land cover and land use maps created at global or European scale that include Ireland. Many of these maps exploit both new developments in machine learning and the free availability of Sentinel satellite data from ESA Copernicus.

November’s map of the month presents some examples of these land cover and use maps of Ireland. They are all free to use and are easily accessible. The maps themselves have been created for a range of purposes and present at different scales and thematic detail. We haven’t assessed the accuracy of these maps for use in Ireland and any statistics on accuracy quoted by the providers are assessed at a global scale and they may not necessarily describe correctly the accuracy and utility in Ireland. They include the global maps from 2020 by ESA and ESRI, as well as the more well known Copernicus EU services along with others.

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