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The National Land Cover Database

Author: USGS   Affiliation: USGS   Date: 1 Jan 2012
Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Higher Education, Post College Graduate   Course Material: No
Description: Abstract
The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) serves as the definitive Landsat-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation. NLCD provides spatial reference and descriptive data for characteristics of the land surface such as thematic class (for example, urban, agriculture, and forest), percent impervious surface, and percent tree canopy cover. NLCD supports a wide variety of Federal, State, local, and nongovernmental applications that seek to assess ecosystem status and health, understand the spatial patterns of biodiversity, predict effects of climate change, and develop land management policy. NLCD products are created by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium, a partnership of Federal agencies led by the U.S. Geological Survey. All NLCD data products are available for download at no charge to the public from the MRLC Web site: http://www.mrlc.gov.
Keywords: Land Cover, National, Database
Skill Level: Intermediate
Software Requirements: None or Not Applicable
AV Resources Used: No   Download Access: Public
Text URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3020/fs2012-3020.pdf

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