Since the WorldCover maps for 2020 and 2021 were generated with different algorithm versions (v100 and v200, respectively), changes between the maps should be treated with caution, as they include both changes in real land cover and changes due to the used algorithms.
The ESA WorldCover 10m 2021 V200 product is delivered in 3x3 degree tiles as Cloud Optimized GeoTIFFs (COGs) in EPSG:4326 projection (geographic latitude/longitude CRS) grouped in 60x60 degree tiles. There are 2651 tiles.
Each tile contains 2 data layers:
- Map: Land cover map with 11 classes, a total of approximately 120 GB
- InputQuality: Three band GeoTIFF providing three per pixel quality indicators of the Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 input data
The ESA WorldCover product is provided free of charge, without restriction of use. For the full license information see the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Publications, models and data products that make use of these datasets must include proper acknowledgement, including citing the datasets and the journal article as in the following citation.
If you are using the data as a layer in a published map, please include the following attribution
© ESA WorldCover project / Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2021) processed by ESA WorldCover consortium
To cite these maps as data source in your publication, please add:
Zanaga, D., Van De Kerchove, R., Daems, D., De Keersmaecker, W., Brockmann, C., Kirches, G.,
Wevers, J., Cartus, O., Santoro, M., Fritz, S., Lesiv, M., Herold, M., Tsendbazar, N.E., Xu, P.,
Ramoino, F., Arino, O., 2022. ESA WorldCover 10 m 2021 v200.