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Land Cover and Land Use

Land Cover and Land Use

Land cover refers specifically to the make up of the land surface, for example, whether it comprises arable crops, trees or buildings. Land use refers to the main activity taking place on an area of land, for example, farming, forestry or housing. Land cover and land use has a direct relationship to many of the planet's fundamental characteristics and processes, including the productivity of the land, the diversity of plant and animal species, and the biochemical and hydrological cycles. Land cover is continually moulded and transformed by land use changes such as, for example, when a forest is converted to pasture or crop land. Land use change can result in land cover change.

Click on the dataset name below to view options for that dataset. You can also download an Excel version of the dataset which includes an associated commentary. Some datasets also have a summary page available to select. To obtain an Excel viewer, click here.

DatasetNational StatExcel FileSummary PageDate Published
Area of Derelict and Urban Vacant Land: 2006-2016Download Excel file for Area of Derelict and Urban Vacant Land: 2006-2016NA30/09/2017
Broad Habitat Change ('000s ha): 1990 - 2007Download Excel file for Broad Habitat Change ('000s ha): 1990 - 2007NA21/01/2013
Carbon Concentrations of Soils: 1978-2007Download Excel file for Carbon Concentrations of Soils: 1978-2007NA28/08/2012
Land cover change (aerial features in sq. km, linear features in km): 1940s - 1980sDownload Excel file for Land cover change (aerial features in sq. km, linear features in km): 1940s - 1980sNA06/10/2015
Length (000 km) of linear landscape features: 1990 - 2007Download Excel file for Length (000 km) of linear landscape features: 1990 - 2007NA02/11/2015

The datasets below do not have an Excel file available as the data is not held within the Scottish Environment Statistics Online database.

External DatasetsNational
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Public road lengths by class, type and speed limitNational Statistic
Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Survey