land cover change

Estimating change in areas of indigenous vegetation cover in New Zealand from the New Zealand Land Cover Database (LCDB)

Four iterations of the New Zealand Land Cover Database have been produced from satellite imagery for nominal dates of 1996/97, 2001/02, 2008/09 and 2012/13. These data may be used to estimate changes in area for land cover classes of interest. However, these estimates are subject to uncertainty, which can be significant, particularly when change in area is small. Changes in indigenous vegetation classes are of interest for a number of applications, including monitoring threatened environments.