Data access


Theia Land Cover SEC produced automatically land cover maps for Metropolitan France using Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-2B data. These maps have a 10-meters resolution.

2019 and 2018 available maps use a 23-categories nomenclature:

  1. Continuous urban fabric
  2. Discontinuous urban fabric
  3. Industrial and commercial units
  4. Road surfaces
  5. Rapeseed
  6. Straw cereals
  7. Protein crops
  8. Soy
  9. Sunflower
  10. Corn
  11. Rice
  12. Tubers/roots
  1. Intensive grasslands
  2. Orchards
  3. Vineyards
  4. Broad-leaved forest
  5. Coniferous forests
  6. Natural grasslands
  7. Woody moorlands
  8. Mineral surfaces
  9. Beaches and dunes
  10. Glaciers or snow
  11. Water

The nomenclature used since 2018 is furthermore totally compatible with the 17-classes nomenclature employed for the 2016 and 2017 land-cover maps.

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


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

For older version, use the links below :

Raster format before 2018

Vector format before 2018

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