Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection


Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) represents a new generation of land cover mapping and change monitoring from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. LCMAP answers a need for higher quality results at greater frequency with additional land cover and change variables than previous efforts.

LCMAP Products

LCMAP Products

LCMAP offers a suite of 10 annual data products that depict land cover and spectral change in the conterminous United States. LCMAP Collection 1 has been released, with annual updates to follow.

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LCMAP Assessments: Bone Valley

LCMAP Assessments: Bone Valley

Florida's Bone Valley is the source for about 60 percent of the phosphate mined for fertilizer in the U.S. LCMAP data offers insight on the frequent land cover changes that accompany the mining process.

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Date published: July 15, 2020

Tracking Change Across Time and Space with LCMAP

The U.S. Geological Survey took a bold step toward documenting change across the landscape with the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Since then, the orbiters have collected nearly five decades of imagery.

Date published: June 9, 2020

From Concept to Reality, USGS Land Change, Monitoring, Assessment and Projection Pushes Boundaries in Service of Science

More than a decade ago, Tom Loveland sat down to sketch out a few thoughts on land change and the Landsat archive.

The archive was and remains rich with history, adding new observations of the entire planet every eight days. But at that point, Landsat-based land change research was about comparing points in time – this year versus five years ago, to 10 years ago, and so on.

Date published: June 8, 2020

Continuous Monitoring of Land Surface Change Over 30 Years Using the Landsat Record

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection project has released a new suite of land-cover change products for the conterminous U.S.


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Year Published: 2020

Methods for rapid quality assessment for national-scale land surface change monitoring

Providing rapid access to land surface change data and information is a goal of the U.S. Geological Survey. Through the Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative, we have initiated a monitoring capability that involves generating a suite of ten annual land cover and land surface change datasets across the United States...

Zhou, Qiang; Barber, Christopher; Xian, George Z.

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Year Published: 2020

Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection

There is a pressing need to monitor and understand the rapid land change happening around the world. The U.S. Geological Survey is developing a new capability, called Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP), to innovate the understanding of land change. This capability is the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center's...

Rover, Jennifer; Brown, Jesslyn F.; Auch, Roger F.; Sayler, Kristi L.; Sohl, Terry L.; Tollerud, Heather J.; Xian, George Z.
Rover, J., Brown, J.F., Auch, R.F., Sayler, K.L., Sohl, T.L., Tollerud, H.J., and Xian, G.Z., 2020, Land change monitoring, assessment, and projection: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3024, 4 p.,

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Year Published: 2020

Training data selection for annual land cover classification for the LCMAP initiative

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative characterizes changes in land cover, use, and condition with the goal of producing land change information that improves understanding of the earth system and provides insight into the impacts of land change on society. For LCMAP, all available high-...

Zhou, Qiang; Tollerud, Heather J.; Barber, Christopher; Smith, Kelcy; Zelenak, Daniel J.