Scotland 2022 Landcover Map
NatureScot enlisted Space Intelligence in 2021 to provide the country’s first-ever nationwide high-resolution habitat maps. These annual maps (with data from 2019) provide insight into how Scotland’s ‘Natural Capital’ is changing over time and can help landowners and policy makers with their land-use decision making, including working out where to restore habitats.
Restoration in ways suggested by our map will capture carbon in the most efficient way and tackle the climate emergency, as well as improve biodiversity and the amenity value of our landscape.
Until now, government agencies and land managers have lacked accurate, up-to-date landcover information to be able to do this.
NatureScot will also use the Space Intelligence maps to improve the accuracy of Scotland’s annual Natural Capital Asset Index assessment, and operate under the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.