Definition: Modification

Land Use/Land Cover

Land cover and land use change is commonly divided into two broad categories: conversion and modification.

- Conversion refers to a change from one cover or use category to another (e.g. from forest to grassland).

- Modification represents a change within one land use or land cover category (e.g. from rainfed cultivated area to irrigated cultivated area) due to changes in its physical or functional attributes.
Source:
Eurostat, "Manual of concepts on land cover and land use information systems (2000 Edition)", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2001
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