Land Use and Land Cover

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

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

Land cover indicates the physical land type such as forest or open water whereas land use indicates how people are using the land. The Land cover represents 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