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GIS Data Set Details

Data Set Name Description Theme Metadata
MRLC National Land Cover Data Set National Land cover data coverage jointly produced by USGS and EPA. Mapped using general land cover classes. For example, forest is classified as either, deciduous, evergreen or mixed. Land-cover classification was based on MRLC's Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) satellite data archive and a host of ancillary sources. Once completed, NLCD will be the first national land-cover dataset produced since the early 1970s, effectively replacing the land-cover data known to many as LUDA or GIRAS. Available data have been used for many environmental applications, including land-use planning, hydrological analyses, habitat assessments, as well as many others. Assessments of the accuracy of the data are undertaken after completion of large regions. Data for New York State are complete and available for download.  Land Use/Land Cover

Supporting Documentation
Land cover classes include: Water (Open Water, Perennial Ice/Snow, Developed (Low Intensity Residential, High Intensity Residential, Commercial/Industrial/Transportation), Barren (Bare Rock/Sand/Clay, Quarries/Strip Mines/Gravel Pits, Transitional), Forested Upland (Deciduous Forest, Evergreen Forest, Mixed Forest), Shrubland, Orchards/Vineyards/Other, Herbaceous Upland (Grasslands/Herbaceous, Herbaceous Planted/Cultivated), Pasture/Hay (Row Crops, Small Grains, Fallow, Urban/Recreational Grasses), Wetlands (Woody Wetlands, Emergent Herbaceous Wetlands)


National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2001) Multi-zone Download Site

1992 National Land Cover Data (NLCD)Download

National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 1992/2001 Retrofit Land Cover Change Product Multi-zone Download Site


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