Using OpenStreetMap to Create Land Use and Land Cover Maps

Fonte, C.C., Patriarca, J.A., Minghini, M., Antoniou, V., See, L. ORCID:, & Brovelli, M.A. (2017). Using OpenStreetMap to Create Land Use and Land Cover Maps. In: Volunteered Geographic Information and the Future of Geospatial Data. Eds. Campelo, C.E.C., Bertolotto, M., & Corcoran, P., pp. 113-137 IGI Global: IGI Global. ISBN 9781522524465 10.4018/978-1-5225-2446-5.ch007.

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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a bottom up community-driven initiative to create a global map of the world. Yet the application of OSM to land use and land cover (LULC) mapping is still largely unexploited due to problems with inconsistencies in the data and harmonization of LULC nomenclatures with OSM. This chapter outlines an automated methodology for creating LULC maps using the nomenclature of two European LULC products: the Urban Atlas (UA) and CORINE Land Cover (CLC). The method is applied to two regions in London and Paris. The results show that LULC maps with a level of detail similar to UA can be obtained for the urban regions, but that OSM has limitations for conversion into the more detailed non-urban classes of the CLC nomenclature. Future work will concentrate on developing additional rules to improve the accuracy of the transformation and building an online system for processing the data.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: OpenStreetMap, Land Use/Cover Map, Harmonization, Feature Inconsistencies, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, GRASS, Python, Volunteered Geographic Information, Urban Atlas, CORINE Land Cover.
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
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Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 07:42
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:28

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