Data access


On 9 April 2018, Theia Land Cover SEC published the 2nd land use map of metropolitan France, automatically produced from Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B data. It updates the first land cover map of metropolitan France, which was produced in March 2017 using Sentinel-2 data from late 2015 to late 2016 and Landsat-8 data.

The 2018 reference year further refines the nomenclature previously proposed by the 2016 and 2017 maps from 17 to 23 classes:

  1. dense buildings
  2. diffuse frames
  3. ind and com zones
  4. road surfaces
  5. rapeseed
  6. straw cereals
  7. protein crops
  8. soya
  9. sunflower
  10. corn
  11. rice
  12. tubers/roots
  1. grasslands
  2. orchards
  3. vines
  4. hardwood forests
  5. coniferous forests
  6. lawns
  7. woody moors
  8. mineral surfaces
  9. beaches and dunes
  10. glaciers or snow
  11. water

2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014 maps using Landsat-5 databases are also available.



The 2019 (Raster) as well as the 2018 (Raster and Vector) data are available on

For older version, use the links below :



The product is cut according to the administrative limits of the French departments and generated a zip archive containing the 4 files that make up the “ESRI Shapefile” format. Data can be downloaded from URLs such as:

in which XX corresponds to the number of the department (09, 31, etc.).


For more information, see