Visualize, Download, and Use ESRI 10m Global Land Use Dataset in QGIS using QGIS Actions and COGs

Title Image: The Sprawling City of Karachi Land Use Land Cover Map
Image 1. Ten different land use classes in the dataset ©ESRI

The good news is that QGIS can load GDAL Cloud Optimized GeoTiffs (COGs) directly, and the source data of this LULC 2020 layer is stored on the cloud as COGs, 701 of them in total.

Image 2. Adding QGIS Actions to a layer
Image 3. QGIS Actions in action

You can load as many COGs as you can but be mindful that COGs performance depends on the bandwidth available.

Fig 4. Download the source resolution clip of the original GeoTiff