[Tagging] The endless debate about "landcover" as a top-level tag (was: Re: British term for municipal greenery?)

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 13:59:53 UTC 2018

On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 2:15 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>

> there is unanimous (?) consensus that landuse is about the usage of land (“For
> describing the primary use of areas of land.”)
> how can “grass” fit into a system like this?

Because the grass is there intentionally and is maintained (mown, at
least).  The land is deliberately used to grow
grass for some reason.  Be it for decoration, or as a strip between
sidewalk and the road to encourage people not
to walk too close to the road, or some other purpose, somebody made a
decision to grow/maintain grass there.

In agriculture, landuse=farmland + landcover=grass is a better fit for

Where landcover=grass fits better than landuse=grass is where the grass
arose there naturally and nobody is
using it for any purpose, like the Pampas of South America.  Or where grass
has taken over an abandoned area
formerly used for other purposes, although in practise it would probably be
landcover=scrub rather than
landcover=grass, because in the absence of grazers you're more likely to
get scrub than grass.

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