Metadata : Land Use Mapping Project of the Northern Territory, 2016 - current (LUMP)


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Date Metadata Extracted: 2021-12-06

Date Metadata Last Updated: 2020-11-26

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ANZLIC Identifier: 5779F987695AE0FAE050CD9B21447ADC

Title: Land Use Mapping Project of the Northern Territory, 2016 - current (LUMP)

Citation Date: 2017-11-13

Date Type: publication

Custodian: Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security



This polygon spatial dataset describes land use in the Northern Territory from 2016.

The Northern Territory Land use mapping for improved biosecurity outcomes product represents contemporary land use for 2016, mapped to a national classification scheme developed by the Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program (ACLUMP). Land use across the Northern Territory has been classified using the latest version of the Australian Land Use and Management Classification Version 8. The Australian Land Use and Management Program aims to provide nationally consistent spatial information to assist in planning, natural resource condition monitoring and investment, agricultural productivity and sustainability, biodiversity conservation, natural disaster management and biosecurity.

There are 191 Tertiary Land Use Classes that are grouped into 6 Primary Classes and subdivided into 32 Secondary Classes. Each land use class is defined with a text description as well as a numeric code between 100 and 699. The six primary classes of land use are distinguished in order of increasing levels of intervention. The ALUM classification version 8 also includes fields to describe agricultural commodities - for consistent recording of detailed information about perceived intervention to the landscape, including crops, livestock and management at the time of mapping.

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Language: English

Character Set: Latin 1

Progress: onGoing

Maintenance and Update Frequency: asNeeded

Data Currency Start Date: 2017-01-01

Data Currency End Date: 2020-05-07

Access Constraint:
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Data Quality

Lineage: The Digital Cadastral Database of the Northern Territory obtained from Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) 02/11/2016 in ESRI polygon shape file format. The proposed cadastre boundary layer for remote communities across the Northern Territory obtained 02/11/2016 in ESRI polygon shape file format was incorporated into the digital cadastre layer. The combined cadastral database and proposed boundary layer were then subset into broad regions for delineation and attribution of land use at the required scale level.

Dependent on the required minimum mapping scale, land use boundaries were further delineated within the combined cadastre dataset. Land use boundaries were delineated from a variety of imagery including digital aerial photography, Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 satellite imagery. To delineate features in the water class the Surface Hydrology Polygons (National) spatial layer was incorporated into the land use mapping along with wetland mapping derived from Landsat-8 satellite imagery.

A variety of datasets were used to attribute each of the land use boundaries, including visual assessment of imagery, ancillary spatial and non-spatial information and data collected in the field. For each land use polygon, the main source of information used to assign each land use code is recorded in the attribute table and includes the scale and currency of the information used to make the decision. Each for the broad regions were then combined to produce a single land use spatial dataset for the Northern Territory.

Version 1 - 2016 was published in September 2017. This dataset has been archived and is available upon request.
Version 2 - Major edits to this dataset in late 2019 were focussed in the Darwin-Litchfield and Katherine areas.

Positional Accuracy: Land use boundaries were produced from a variety of sources. The Northern Territory Digital Cadastral Database formed the base layer for the land use mapping product. Positional accuracy for the cadastre layer varies;
Urban - +/- 3 to 4 m
Rural - +/- 3 to 4 m
Pastoral - +/- 1000 m

Land use boundaries were delineated in ESRI ArcGIS software using a variety of imagery (aerial photography and satellite) captured at different spatial scales.
Positional accuracy for the aerial photography varies based on the spatial resolution;
45cm; horizontal +/- 0.9 m
30cm; horizontal accuracy +/- 0.3m
15cm; horizontal accuracy +/- 0.3m

Position accuracy for Sentinel-2 imagery is reported to be < 12m and for Landsat-8 satellite imagery is reported as < 30m.

Attribute Accuracy: Accuracy assessment of the land use mapping product was undertaken using both field validation sites and visual assessment of high-resolution imagery and/or ancillary data. For further details on the validation methodology and assessment are available in the supplementary information. At the tertiary level the overall mapping accuracy was 85%, increasing in accuracy to 90% and 95% at the secondary and primary level.

Attributes have been assigned to each polygon and are described in the Data Dictionary below. The minimum attributes from 1 to 10 are national requirements. The additional attributes from 11 - 15 have been added by this department to support analysis and data display.

Logical Consistency: GIS editing tools were used to rectify all overshoots and undershoots in line work. Polygon topology rules applied are; must not overlap, must not have gaps and each polygon has only one label.

Completeness: Complete - data records may continue to be amended.


Data Requests OfficerDepartment of Environment, Parks and Water SecurityGeospatial Services Branch (on behalf of department)

Data Dictionary

AttributeAttribute DescriptionPossible CodeCode Description
01. LU_CODENAlias: Land Use Code (number)
A numerical ALUM land use code between 100 and 699. e.g. 113
02. LU_CODEAlias: Land Use Code (text)
ALUM land use code in a text format. E.g. 1.1.3
03. LU_DESCRIPAlias: Land Use Code Description
A short description of the land use as described by ALUM.
04. COMMOD_DESAlias: Commodity Description
05. COMMENTSAlias: Comments
06. SRCE_SCALEAlias: Source Scale
07. SRCE_DATEAlias: Source Date.
Format is dd/mm/yyyy, eg 22/10/2016
08. SRCE_DATAAlias: Source Data
09. CONFIDENCEAlias: Confidence Level1Very confident
3Reasonably confident
4Not very confident
10. LUC_DATEAlias: Land Use Code Date.
Format is dd/mm/yyyy, eg 22/10/2016
11. PRIM_NOAlias: Primary Class (numbered from 1 - 6)
The five primary classes of land use are distinguished in order of increasing levels of intervention or potential impact on the natural landscape. Water is included as a sixth primary class.
1Conservation and Natural Environments
2Production from Relatively Natural Environments
3Production from Dryland Agriculture and Plantations
4Production from Irrigated Agriculture and Plantations
5Intensive Uses
12. PRIM_DESCAlias: Primary Class Description
13. SEC_NOAlias: Secondary Class (number).
There are 32 Secondary Classes within the 6 Primary Classes.
14. SEC_DESCAlias: Secondary Class Description
15. AREA_HAAlias: Area (ha)
Area for each polygon is calculated using Albers Equal Area Conic Projection (Central_Meridian: 133.5; Standard Parallel 1: -12.66666667 and Standard Parallel 2: -23.3333333).

Supplementary Information

Department Survey Identifier: Land Use \ LUMP

Bibliographic Reference:
Staben G, Edmeades B. (2017)
Northern Territory Land Use Mapping for Biosecurity 2016
Technical Report 18/2017D, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Northern Territory Government, Darwin, NT.

- This report (PDF) may be downloaded via the Northern Territory Library;

- View the data in NR Maps
Open folder Land; Open sub folder Land Use Mapping; Tick on layers Primary or Secondary Classes
Make active to select a feature on the screen (right mouse click, select Active)

Additional references:
Error matrix NT Land Use 2016.xlsx
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. (2011).
Guidelines for land use mapping in Australia: principles, procedures and definitions, fourth edition, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra.

ABARES 2016, The Australian Land Use and Management Classification Version 8
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Canberra. CC BY 3.0.

National Contacts:
Land Use and Management Information for Australia; Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.

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