Definitions for "Land cover"
the physical state of the land surface, including vegetation, soil, rock and human made structures, but specifically used in relation to vegetational changes, to describe the proportion of land covered by vegetation
Anything that exists on, and is visible from above, the earth's surface. Examples include vegetation, exposed or barren land, water, snow, and ice.
the physical state of the land, including the quantity and type of surface vegetation, water, and earth materials.
What can be seen remotely, from satellite data or aerial photographs.