Definition: Topographic maps
Land Use/Land Cover
Topographic maps describe the precise and accurate geometric location (= situation) of geographic objects e.g. settlements, infrastructure (road-, rail and waterways, electricity lines etc.), water bodies, limited aspects of land cover and use (wooded areas, vineyards, grassland, orchards), certain administrative boundaries, toponomy etc. Topographic Maps are commonly used as a basis for thematic maps.
Eurostat, "Manual of concepts on land cover and land use information systems (2000 Edition)", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2001