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Copernicus Hot Spot Land Cover

Copernicus is the European flagship programme for monitoring the Earth. Data is collected by Earth observation satellites and sensors on the earth’s surface. The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service provides geographical information on land use and land cover at European and global scale. Derived from the Copernicus Hot Spot Land Cover Change Explorer, this layer presents detailed land cover information for specific areas of interest –or hot spots– in Africa. These areas were selected as a priority for mapping because of their importance in biodiversity preservation (Protected Areas, Key Landscapes for Conservation...). Park managers in many countries across Africa rely on this Copernicus product to monitor and understand their parks features and overall health. Mapping habitats, assessing pressure on land, identifying prime locations for species reintroduction or new areas to protect are just a few examples of how these data can be exploited.

RCoE Action:

First version of the Copernicus HotSpot Land Cover Change Explorer.


Free, full and open access to this data set is made on the conditions that: 1. When distributing or communicating Copernicus dedicated data and Copernicus service information to the public, users shall inform the public of the source of that data and information. 2. Users shall make sure not to convey the impression to the public that the user's activities are officially endorsed by the Union. 3. Where that data or information has been adapted or modified, the user shall clearly state this. 4. The data remain the sole property of the European Union. Any information and data produced in the framework of the action shall be the sole property of the European Union. Any communication and publication by the beneficiary shall acknowledge that the data were produced “with funding by the European Union”.

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