Environment - Area of land cover by Regional Council 1996–2012

Ministry for the Environment


Land cover: it describes the extent of vegetation, water bodies, built environments, and bare natural surfaces (eg gravel and rock) across New Zealand

Data provided by

Ministry for the Environment

Dataset name

Environmental Reporting: Area of land cover 1996–2012



How to find the data

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Import & extraction details

File as imported: Environmental Reporting: Area of land cover 1996–2012

From the dataset Environmental Reporting: Area of land cover 1996–2012, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-885
  • Column: 4
  • Provided: 884 data points

Dataset originally released on:

September 29, 2015

Method of collection/Data provider

The data comes from the New Zealand Land Cover Database (LCDB), which is a national classification of land cover and land use mapped using satellite imagery. Version 4.0 covers mainland New Zealand and the nearshore islands but not the Chatham Islands.
The LCDB has four major versions (1–4), correlating to the four summer survey periods – 1996/97, 2001/02, 2008/09, and 2012/13. The land cover classification was developed over the first three versions. Classification changes can be tracked to allow comparison between versions.