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South African National Land Cover 2018

The new South African National Land-Cover 2018 dataset has been generated from 20 meter multi-seasonal Sentinel 2 satellite imagery. The imagery used represents the full temporal range of available imagery acquired by Sentinel 2 during the period 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. The SANLC 2018 dataset is based primarily on the new gazetted land-cover classification standard (SANS 19144-2) with 73 classes of information and is comparable, with the previous 1990 and 2013-14 South African National Land-Cover (SANLC) datasets.

The SANLC 2018 data was launched on the 1st October 2019 and is now available for download from the E-GIS website, download link: https://egis.environment.gov.za/gis_data_downloads.

sa_nlc2018

Earth Engine Snippet

var sa_nlc2018 = ee.Image('projects/sat-io/open-datasets/landcover/SA_NLC_2018');

Sample Code: https://code.earthengine.google.com/?scriptPath=users/sat-io/awesome-gee-catalog-examples:regional-landuse-landcover/SOUTH-AFRICA-LULC

No. Legend Colour 2018 NLC Class Name
1 #F2F2F2 Contiguous (indigenous) Forest (combined very high, high, medium)
2 #065106 Contiguous Low Forest & Thicket (combined classes)
3 #005F00 Dense Forest & Woodland (35 - 75% cc)
4 #008500 Open Woodland (10 - 35% cc)
5 #F74006 Contiguous & Dense Planted Forest (combined classes)
6 #F9764D Open & Sparse Planted Forest
7 #F9906C Temporary Unplanted Forest
8 #B8ABD1 Low Shrubland (other regions)
9 #8FAB39 Low Shrubland (Fynbos)
10 #AC92C5 Low Shrubland (Succulent Karoo)
11 #AC9CDA Low Shrubland (Nama Karoo)
12 #85D285 Sparsely Wooded Grassland (5 - 10% cc)
13 #D2B485 Natural Grassland
14 #00009F Natural Rivers
15 #041FA7 Natural Estuaries & Lagoons
16 #0639AB Natural Ocean, Coastal
17 #0D50AC Natural Lakes
18 #125FAC Natural Pans (flooded @ obsv time)
19 #1373B4 Artificial Dams (incl. canals)
20 #1D81B6 Artificial Sewage Ponds
21 #1F8EB8 Artificial Flooded Mine Pits
22 #06DEDC Herbaceous Wetlands (currently mapped)
23 #06E0D0 Herbaceous Wetlands (previous mapped extent)
24 #9F1FEC Mangrove Wetlands
25 #ffffe0 Natural Rock Surfaces
26 #DCDAC5 Dry Pans
27 #F9E0E0 Eroded Lands
28 #F9F9C5 Sand Dunes (terrestrial)
29 #F9F9A7 Coastal Sand Dunes & Beach Sand
30 #CDD2E0 Bare Riverbed Material
31 #ffffe0 Other Bare
32 #A62C39 Cultivated Commercial Permanent Orchards
33 #B31F5C Cultivated Commercial Permanent Vines
34 #DB0000 Cultivated Commercial Sugarcane Pivot Irrigated
35 #9F3978 Commercial Permanent Pineapples
36 #FF0000 Cultivated Commercial Sugarcane Non-Pivot (all other)
37 #F64D6C Cultivated Emerging Farmer Sugarcane Non-Pivot (all other)
38 #381A12 Commercial Annuals Pivot Irrigated
39 #521F1C Commercial Annuals Non-Pivot Irrigated
40 #85402C Commercial Annuals Crops Rain-Fed / Dryland / Non-Irrigated
41 #C5735F Subsistence / Small-Scale Annual Crops
42 #C1436C Fallow Land & Old Fields (Trees)
43 #C55E82 Fallow Land & Old Fields (Bush)
44 #D27592 Fallow Land & Old Fields (Grass)
45 #E0AAB8 Fallow Land & Old Fields (Bare)
46 #DB90A9 Fallow Land & Old Fields (Low Shrub)
47 #ECDB0F Residential Formal (Tree)
48 #F6EC13 Residential Formal (Bush)
49 #F9F81F Residential Formal (low veg / grass)
50 #FFFF29 Residential Formal (Bare)
51 #EC82EC Residential Informal (Tree)
52 #F691E0 Residential Informal (Bush)
53 #F99FCF Residential Informal (low veg / grass)
54 #FFC5CF Residential Informal (Bare)
55 #ECC500 Village Scattered (bare only)
56 #FFD91F Village Dense (bare only)
57 #AC7879 Smallholdings (Tree)
58 #B89192 Smallholdings (Bush)
59 #C49C9E Smallholdings (low veg / grass)
60 #D2B8B8 Smallholdings (Bare)
61 #BFFF00 Urban Recreational Fields (Tree)
62 #33FF33 Urban Recreational Fields (Bush)
63 #66FF66 Urban Recreational Fields (Grass)
64 #99FF99 Urban Recreational Fields (Bare)
65 #C49F0D Commercial
66 #8F8506 Industrial
67 #F9DD03 Roads & Rail (Major Linear)
68 #FFFF00 Mines: Surface Infrastructure
69 #B30606 Mines: Extraction Sites: Open Cast & Quarries combined
70 #C50606 Mines: Extraction Sites: Salt Mines
71 #D21D1A Mines: Waste (Tailings) & Resource Dumps
72 #F95479 Land-fills
73 #6CE7DC Fallow Land & Old Fields (wetlands)

License

The South African National Land-Cover 2018 dataset is available on an open licence agreement.

Created by: Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Republic of South Africa

Curated by: Samapriya Roy

Keywords: : land use, South Africa, land cover, Sentinel-2, copernicus, sentinel, satellite

Last updated: 2021-06-15