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Verified Irrigated Agricultural Lands for the United States, 2002-17

February 22, 2021

The spatial extents of verified irrigated lands were compiled from various federal and state sources across the nation and combined into a single Geographic Information System (GIS) geodatabase for the purpose of model training and validation. In cooperation with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), researchers at the University of Wisconsin (UW) generated a nation-wide map of irrigated lands using remote-sensing techniques that will be incorporated into future irrigation water-use models. The verified spatial data varies in scope, accuracy, and time period represented, but in general represents GIS coverages (polygons) of agricultural land irrigated for at least some period during 2002-17. Data from 14 states were provided to UW (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming). It is important to validate that the remote sensing techniques correctly identify both irrigated and non-irrigated land. Varying data sources prevent this approach from being applied throughout the United States, but most datasets used for validation include at least some "non irrigated" land identification.

Publication Year 2021
Title Verified Irrigated Agricultural Lands for the United States, 2002-17
DOI 10.5066/P9NAWU1U
Authors Justin Brandt, Rodney R Caldwell, Jonathan V Haynes, Jaime A Painter, Amy L Read
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Sacramento Projects Office (USGS California Water Science Center)