The European Union's CORINE Land Cover project is executed in Central and Eastern Europe as part of the PHARE Regional Environmental Programme. The project consists in mapping the land cover at scale 1:100.000 in accordance with a standard European nomenclature (44 categories). Main parameters of the map are: size of the minimum mapping unit = 25 hectare, minimum width of linear elements = 100 meter. The methodology relies on interpretation of satellite images (Landsat Thematic Mapper) and storing the results in Geographic Information System. A computer assisted verification procedure has been applied to improve reliability. The database represents a basic tool for studies on the environment, impact assessment and regional planning. FÖMI Remote Sensing Centre has been responsible for the implementation of the CORINE Land Cover project in Hungary, along with the coordination of the Ministry of Environment and Regional Policy. The database has been completed by the end of 1996, and it is available for the users in digital as well as in hardcopy format. One of the first applications of the database was the modelling of non-point source phosphorus pollution in the catchment of the Zagyva river.
As a by-product of the project, 1:100.000 satellite image maps are available for the users in digital as well as in colour hard copy format, for the entire country.
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