Intensity of land take represents a proportion (%) of a specific area that changed between two land cover inventories from a non-artificial to an artificial area. Land cover changes between two inventories are grouped in so-called land cover flows (LCF) and are classified according to major land use processes.
The definitions of Land Cover Flows and theirs correspondence with Corine Land Cover codes can be found in the EEA report Land accounts for Europe 1990-2000 (Appendix 2).
Land Cover Flow (LCF) codes taken into account for the map:
LCF2 - Urban residential sprawl;
LCF3 - Sprawl of economic sites and infrastructures.
The map shows intensity of land take for areas of 10*10km over Europe.
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