Land Use and Land Cover

Land Use and Land Cover are often used interchangeably, their actual meanings quite distinct.

Land Cover corresponds to the physical and biological conditions of the ground surface. for example forest, grassland, soil, ocean, etc. Another side Land Use is a human activity such as the use of the land. for example residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial land, etc.

The land cover indicates the physical land type such as forest or open water whereas land use indicates how people are using the land. Land cover represents the physical features of the earth and also land use represents human features of the earth.

India State wise Land use Map

Source- Bhuvan, NRSC / ISRO

Union territories