An introduction to LUC
Land Use Capability (LUC) is a land mapping and classification system.
LUC mapping used national mapping standards and inventory classifications. It was performed on the basis of field mapping and assessment, extensive aerial photo interpretation and office checks, map production, digital entry and coding, always following strict quality control standards.
The LUC classification system has three components arranged in a hierarchical structure: LUC Class, LUC Subclass, and LUC Unit.
Each component is represented by a number or symbol and the information relevant to each LUC unit is presented in an extended legend that accompanies the map / data.
Figure 1 illustrates the relationship between the three components of the LUC-CS. For specific details see Section 3 of the Land Use Capability Survey Handbook (3rd Edition).
The LUC components in more detail:
LUC spatial layers
LUC layer on OurEnvironment
User friendly interface to explore LUC data and generate custom LUC reports.
Baseline LUC HPL layer on OurEnvironment
Visualisation of the baseline extent of Highly Productive Land, represented here as Land Use Capability classes 1, 2 and 3.
LUC layer on LRIS Portal
Interface for the more tech-savvy user to explore and download LUC information in a range of formats.