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LCDB_v5.0 - Land Cover Database version 5.0, Chatham Islands

  • Added 25 Jan 2020
  • Updated 17 Jun 2020

The New Zealand Land Cover Database (LCDB) is a multi-temporal, thematic classification of New Zealand's land cover. It identifies 33 mainland land cover classes (35 classes once the offshore Chatham Islands are included). The classification was revised between versions 1, 2, and 3 but has been consistent thereafter, and always with backward compatibility maintained. Land cover features are described by a polygon boundary, a land cover code, and a land cover name at each nominal time step; summer 1996/97, summer 2001/02, summer 2008/09, summer 2012/13, and summer 2018/19. The data set is designed to complement in theme, scale and accuracy, New Zealand’s 1:50,000 topographic database ( LCDB is suitable for use in national and regional environment monitoring, forest and shrubland inventory, biodiversity assessment, trend analysis and infrastructure planning. The classification used in LCDBv5.0 is presented in the document 'LCDBClassesAtVersion5.pdf' and a table correlating LCDB classes over all versions is presented in the document 'LCDBClassCorrelations.pdf'. Both of these are among the accessory documents to this dataset in the LRIS portal ( LCDB version 5.0 was released in January 2020 and includes corrections to all time steps 1997/97, 2001/02, 2008/09, 2012/13 and 2018/19 for both the New Zealand mainland and Chatham Islands. A description of work undertaken for this release (including that of all earlier releases) is presented in the Lineage section. Of particular note at version 5.0 is the addition to LCDB, of attributes designed to readily identify and monitor wetlands over time and a similar capability to manage significant coastal changes. “EditAuthority” and "EditDate" are attributes, maintained since version 3.0 to indicate authorship and nominal date of polygon mapping, edit or change. Errors in the data due to misclassification (rather than land cover change) or poor delineation can be reported to Landcare Research for inclusion in the next release using the online feedback facility in


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1. LCDB User Guide 2 Coastline.pdf 790 KB pdf
2. LCDB Class Correlations 189 KB pdf
3. LCDB Classes At Version5 110 KB pdf
4. LCDB v50 Legend Symbology (.lyrx) 53.4 KB lyrx
5. LCDB v50 cover class change summary 2012 2018 279 KB xlsx
6. LCDB v50 cover class change summary 2008 2012 281 KB xlsx
7. LCDB v50 cover class change summary 2001 2008 289 KB xlsx
8. LCDB v50 cover class change summary 1996 2001 273 KB xlsx
9. LCDB User Guide 1 New Versions.pdf 1.45 MB pdf
10. LCDB User Guide 3 Wetlands.pdf 1.84 MB pdf
11. LCDB v2 Classes Illustrated.pdf 14.1 MB pdf


Tagsfarming, biota, environment, planningCadastre, imageryBaseMapsEarthCover, inlandWaters
RegionsChatham Islands Region
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 104442
Data type Vector polygon
Feature count 2333
Attributes Name_2018, Name_2012, Name_2008, Name_2001, Name_1996, Class_2018, Class_2012, Class_2008, Class_2001, Class_1996, Wetland_18, Wetland_12, Wetland_08, Wetland_01, Wetland_96, Onshore_18, Onshore_12, Onshore_08, Onshore_01, Onshore_96, EditAuthor, EditDate, LCDB_UID
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W)


Added25 Jan 2020
Last updated29 Jan 2020
Revisions 13 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on Jan. 29, 2020 in NZGD2000 / Chatham Islands TM 2000. 3 geometries modified to be OGC compliant. Changelog.
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