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 1.2 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: November 18, 2021

LCMAP Adds Data for 2020 with Release of Collection 1.2

The USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative has released the second update to its Conterminous United States (CONUS) science products, adding the most recent calendar year of data to an unparalleled annual land cover and land surface change time series that stretches back to 1985.

Date published: July 8, 2021

Study of California Blue Oak Decline During Drought Draws Interest

A study published June 29, 2021 in the journal Frontiers in Climate, titled “Hotter Drought Escalates Tree Cover Declines in Blue Oak Woodlands of California,” by four EROS scientists, already has been attracting attention.


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Year Published: 2021

Hotter drought escalates tree cover declines in blue oak woodlands of California

California has, in recent years, become a hotspot of interannual climatic variability, recording devastating climate-related disturbances with severe effects on tree resources. Understanding the patterns of tree cover change associated with these events is vital for developing strategies to sustain critical habitats of endemic and threatened...

Dwomoh, Francis K; Brown, Jesslyn F.; Tollerud, Heather J.; Auch, Roger F.

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Year Published: 2021

The effects of urban land cover dynamics on urban heat Island intensity and temporal trends

Assessments of surface urban heat island (UHI) have focused on using remote sensing and land cover data to quantify UHI intensity and spatial distribution within a certain time period by including land cover information. In this study, we implemented a prototype approach to characterize the spatiotemporal variations of UHI using time series of...

Xian, George Z.; Shi, Hua; Auch, Roger F.; Gallo, Kevin; Zhou, Qiang; Wu, Zhuoting; Kolian, Michael

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Year Published: 2021

Comparison of simple averaging and latent class modeling to estimate the area of land cover in the presence of reference data variability

Estimates of the area or percent area of the land cover classes within a study region are often based on the reference land cover class labels assigned by analysts interpreting satellite imagery and other ancillary spatial data. Different analysts interpreting the same spatial unit will not always agree on the land cover class label that should be...

Xing, Dingfan; Stehman, Stephen V; Foody, Giles M; Pengra, Bruce