The short answer is: you could change it, but the results would be so unsatisfying that it's probably not worth adding the feature.
The global scenery is using GLCC land use data - it's a 1 km data set with about 100 types of land class based on the OGE2 spec.
Now here's the thing: the data sucks.
That's a little harsh, and I am sure the researchers tried hard to create the data set. But using the data set directly in a flight simulator is immensely problematic:
- With 1 km spatial resolution (and some alignment error) the data is not particularly precise in where it puts features.
- The categorizations are inaccurate. The data is derived from thermal imagery, and it is easily fooled by mixed-use land. For example, mixing suburban houses into trees will result in a new forest categorization, because of the heat from the houses.
- The data can produce crazy results: cities on top of mountains, water running up steep slopes, etc.
To give a trivial example, the placement of rock cliffs is based on the steepness of terrain, and overrides land use. So if we have a city on an 80 degree incline, our rule set says "you can't have a city that slanted - put a rock face there instead."
Sergio made something on the order of 1800 rules. (No one said he isn't thorough!!) And when we were done, we realized that we barely use landuse.
In developing the rule set, Sergio looked for the parameters that would best predict the real look of the terrain. And what he found was that climate and slope are much better predictors of land use than the actual land use data. If you didn't realize that we were ignoring the input data, well, that speaks to the quality of his rule set.
No One Is Listening
Now back to MeshTool. MeshTool uses the rule set Sergio developed to pick terrain when you have an area tagged as terrain_Natural. If you were to change the land use data, 80% of your land would ignore your markings because the ruleset is based on many other factors besides landuse. Simply put, no one would be listening.
(We could try some experiments with customizing the land use data..there is a very small number of land uses that are keyed into the rule set. My guess is that this would be a very indirect and thus frustrating way to work, e.g. "I said city goes here, why is it not there?")
I am working with alpilotx - he is producing a next-gen land-use data set, and it's an entirely different world from the raw GLCC that Sergio and I had a few years ago. Alpilotx's data set is high res, extremely accurate, and carefully combined and processed from several modern, high quality sources.
This of course means the rules have to change, and that's the challenge we are looking at now - how much do we trust the new landuse vs. some of the other indicators that proved to be reliable.
Someday MeshTool may use this new landuse data and a new ruleset that follows it. At that point it could make sense to allow MeshTool to accept raster landuse data replacements. But for now I think it would be an exercise in frustration.