AR250 (Land Resource Map 1:250.000) - Open area

Status: Submitted

Definition: Open area contains areas with mineral soils or bare rock, which do not qualify for the classes agricultural area, forest, built-up area, transport network or peat bogs. Classes are; 1 Not vegetated; 2 Sparse vegetation; 3 Lichen; 4 Intermediate vegetation; 5 Vigorous vegetation. The national land resource database (AR) classifies the land cover of mainland Norway according to the suitability for agriculture and natural plant production. National land resource datasets are available at scale 1:5.000 (AR5), 1:50.000 (AR50) and 1:250.000 (AR250). AR250 is the Norwegian low resolution land resource dataset, covering the entire mainland Norway. It is built and maintained for cartographic presentations at regional level (1:100.000 to 1:300.000). The dataset is not intended for spatial analysis. Features in AR250 are continuous areas represented as polygons with attributes assigned according to the classification criteria of AR250. The primary level of classification is land type (arealtype), based on a combination of land cover and land use. Second level attributes are forest site quality class (skogbonitet) and forest cover type (treslag). AR250 also includes information about arable land on current bare land, marsh or forest. In AR250, the general minimum mapping unit is 10 hectares for polygons that have identical combinations of attribute values. Smaller mapping units occur between identical land types if they have different forest cover or forest site quality

Updated: 17.06.2024
Submitter: Norwegian Mapping Authority
Owner: Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research


The dataset is primarily intended as a visual product for use in conjunction with land use planning, public management, agriculture and forestry. The dataset is not suitable for geometric analysis or area statistics. For analytical purposes, we recommend a combination of data from AR5 under the tree line and data from AR50 above the tree line. Note that AR5 is not available for download without an agreement with NIBIO who represents the agricultural partners in the National Spatial Data Infrastructure - “Norway Digital"

Theme: Agriculture

In scope of Inspire Directive: No

DOK according to KMD-definitions: No

In scope of Norway digital agreement: Yes

Land-use plans subject to law (PBL): No

In scope of the Geodata Act: No

Mareano: No

Ecological Base Map: No

Modellbaserte vegprosjekter: No


DOK-status: Proposal

DOK-status date approved:

Updated: 6/17/2024 4:10:12 AM

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