Land cover class
A category of land cover differentiated by a combination of diagnostic attributes based on a nationally-refined application of an international standard such as the FAO Land Cover Classification System (LCCS; Di Gregorio et al., 2011). The FAO system is a common reference structure for the comparison and integration of data for any generic land cover legend or nomenclature that allows correlation of land cover with a set of independent diagnostic criteria. Used to detect a significant change in land cover (one of the LDN indicators), and to identify land use.
(Source: Orr et al. 2017