Project: Land use - Land cover (LULC) mapping of Cyprus

Description: To align itself with the Kyoto protocol, the Republic of Cyprus needs to create detailed LULC maps of the country every decade. Up to now, Cyprus used the LULC maps provided by the CORINE inventory, however the LULC map of 1990 was missing for Cyprus. In this project, we have performed LULC mapping for the whole of Cyprus for the year 1990 based on the CORINE 2000 classes. For the land cover mapping, satellite data from Landsat 1-5 multispectral imagery was used, based on a spatial resolution of 60m/pixel. This happened for both 1990 and 2000. The CORINE classes and land mapping of 2000 was used as ground truth data, to train our computer vision models (i.e. using deep learning techniques) to perform the LULC map of 1990. Then, by comparing the land cover mappings of 1990 and 2000 we observed and recorded the land use change during these 10 years, at 60m/pixel accuracy. Our overall accuracy exceeded 85%, which is considered state-of-the-art in such challenges.

Collaboration with: Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Republic of Cyprus.

Techniques used: Satellite imagery, Deep learning, GIS

Started: December, 2021

Status: On-going

Funding: This project has received funding from the Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Republic of Cyprus.