The European Space Agency, (ESA) on December 21, 2010 reveals to the public the most up to date of the world's land cover.
This version has been accomplished by a lot of hard work and cooperation with scientists and public servants.
The last complete version was released in 2005. Over 8,000 individuals downloaded the 2005 version. The completion of the latest land map project was accomplished by the gathering of one year's of data from Envisat's Medium Imaging Spectrometer.
This data was taken then compiled into this map by the Belgium's Universite catholique de Louvain. They created the map using software by Medias France & Germany's Brockman Consult. This was data harvested within a specific time frame. from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009.