SA National Land-Cover Datasets

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What is land cover data and what does it do?

Land cover is the physical material at the surface of earth and includes water, vegetation, bare soil, and artificial structures. Land cover data is a crucial reference dataset that informs a wide variety of activities ranging from environmental planning and protection, economic development, compliance monitoring, enforcement, and strategic decision making. 

National Land Cover Project

The National Land Cover Project developed a fully automated, operational process for the production of future national land-cover data for South Africa, based on the Gazetted Land Cover classes (SANS 19144-2). The Computer Automated Land cover (CALC) system was developed with the ability to create automated land cover datasets, accuracy assessments and change detection between comparable land cover datasets with supporting reports and metadata. The CALC system has been used to generate the 2018, 2020 and 2022 South African National Land Cover (SANLC) datasets and all associated change assessments. 

Change Assessment

All SANLC change assessments and reporting is based on a simplified 20 x class change reporting legend. This change reporting legend is derived from the original 73 x class legend, and represents a series of original-class groupings and amalgamations designed to improve and understanding of key landscape changes and the reporting thereof.

 


 2022 South African National Land Cover and Land Cover Change Data Launch                                                                  

The Launch was virtually attended by almost 400 stakeholders and interested parties.

Recording (MP4) of the meeting available from this link.

 


DATA DOWNLOAD   

South African National Land Cover (SANLC), 2022

NAME OF DATA SET RELEASE DATE FILE FORMAT SIZE

23 May 2024

zip

1.40MB

23 May 2024

Zip

395MB

23 May 2024

Zip

434MB

23 May 2024

Zip

1.36MB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC) Change Assessment Datasets

Please note that Gauteng and the North-West provincial boundaries were corrected for all the change assessment years. The previous change assessments used an older provincial boundary, which has now been corrected.

Date Updated: 23 May 2024

NAME OF DATA SET RELEASE DATE FILE FORMAT SIZE

23 May 2024

Zip

401MB

23 May 2024

Zip

385MB

23 May 2024

Zip

362MB

23 May 2024

Zip

342MB

23 May 2024

Zip

387MB

23 May 2024

Zip

371MB

23 May 2024

Zip

337MB

23 May 2024

Zip

401MB

23 May 2024

Zip

385MB

23 May 2024

Zip

380MB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC), 2020

NAME OF DATA SET RELEASE DATE FILE FORMAT SIZE

29 June 2021

zip

1,90MB

29 June 2021

Zip

381MB

29 June 2021

Zip

419MB

29 June 2021

Zip

1,40MB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC), 2018

NAME OF DATA SET RELEASE DATE FILE FORMAT SIZE

29 June 2021

Zip

1,30MB

29 June 2021

Zip

401MB

29 June 2021

Zip

441MB

29 June 2021

Zip

1,40MB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC) 2013-14, 35 Classes

Name of Data Set Description Release Date File Format Size
  • Land Cover 2013-14, 35 Classes   

Metadata Reports Stats Dates 2013-14

7 June 2016

zip

5,65MB

  • Land Cover 2013-14, 35 Classes

Original UTM 35 North 2013-14

7 June 2016

zip

227MB

  • Land Cover 2013-14, 35 Classes   

Reprojected GEO 2013-14

7 June 2016

zip

213MB

  • Land Cover 2013-14, 35 Classes   

Reprojected UTM 35 south 2013-14

7 June 2016

zip

229MB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC) Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Name of Data Set Description Release Date File Format Size
  • Land Cover Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Metadata Reports

7 June 2016

zip

173KB

  • Land Cover Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Original UTM 35 North

7 June 2016

zip

307MB

  • Land Cover Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Reprojected GEO

7 June 2016

zip

285MB

  • Land Cover Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Reprojected UTM 35 South

7 June 2016

zip

306MB

  • Land Cover Thematic Data 2013-14, 72 Classes

Land Cover 3D-Hillshade 2013-14

7 June 2016

zip

4,27GB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC) 1990, 35 Classes

Name of Data Set Description Release Date File Format Size
  • LC 1990, 35 Classes

Metadata Reports Stats Dates, 35 Classes, 1990

7 June 2016

zip

4,44MB

  • LC 1990, 35 Classes

Original UTM 35 North, 35 Classes, 1990

7 June 2016

zip

255MB

  • LC 1990, 35 Classes

Reprojected GEO, 35 Classes, 1990

7 June 2016

zip

236MB

  • LC 1990, 35 Classes

Reprojected UTM 35 South, 35 Classes, 1990 

7 June 2016

zip

255MB



South African National Land Cover (SANLC) 1990, 72 Classes

Name of Data set Description Release Date File Format Size
  • LC 1990, 72 Classes

Reprojected GEO 84, 72 Classes, 1990

7 June 2016

zip

258MB

  • LC 1990, 72 Classes

Original UTM 35 South, 72 Classes, 1990

7 June 2016

zip

278MB

  • LC 1990, 72 Classes

Reprojected UTM 35 South, 72 Classes, 1990

7 June 2016

zip

278MB

  • LC 1990, 72 Classes

ERDAS UTM 35 Hillshade 1990

7 June 2016

zip

4,27GB

  • LC 1990, 72 Classes

GTI SA Landcover Report 1990

7 June 2016

pdf

4,60MB


 

For Land Cover enquiries contact Zakariyyaa Oumar at ZOumar@dffe.gov.za