All human action directly related to land and the functioning of land cover. There are many categories of land use and land cover, which go from urban zones, forests and protected areas to agricultural land, national parks, etc. The strong interest in land use and land cover changes over time is due to their direct relation with, and interference in, fundamental ecological processes such as land productivity, biodiversity of plant and animal species, hydrological and biochemical cycles (Mucher et al. 1993).

MUCHER C. A., STOMPH T. J. and FRESCO L. O. (1993). Proposal for a global land use classification. FAO/ITC/WAU. Rome, Vageningen, pp. 37

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