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.
Eurostat, "Manual of concepts on land cover and land use information systems (2000 Edition)", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2001