Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection

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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 Reference Data

LCMAP Reference Data

LCMAP's Reference Dataset is an unprecedented, 25,000-point trove of land cover data that represents the culmination of nearly five years of intensive human labor.

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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.

Date published: April 29, 2020

Pixel by Pixel: How the USGS, U.S. Forest Service Checked the Work of a Computerized Landsat Mapping Project

About a year ago, scientist Bruce Pengra sat at his desk with a conundrum.

As part of the team working on the reference dataset for the USGS Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative’s land cover mapping project, Pengra was staring at a single speck of satellite data, a nondescript blotch of color representing a 30-meter plot of ground in Washington state....

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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.
Attribution: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, Water Resources, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Water Resources, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Indonesia, International Programs, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, New York Water Science Center, Water Resources, New York Water Science Center, Water Resources, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Natural Hazards, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, California, United States of America, Astrogeology Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, United States of America, Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection
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., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203024.

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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.
Attribution: Water, Colorado Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, United States of America, Water Resources, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Ecosystems, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, National Minerals Information Center, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Water Resources, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Water, New Mexico Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, New Mexico, United States of America, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, United States of America, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Ecosystems, Dakota Water Science Center, New England Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, United States of America, Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection

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Year Published: 2019

Lessons learned implementing an operational continuous U.S. national land change monitoring capability: The LCMAP approach

Growing demands for temporally specific information on land surface change are fueling a new generation of maps and statistics that can contribute to understanding geographic and temporal patterns of change across large regions, provide input into a wide range of environmental modeling studies, clarify the drivers of change, and provide more...

Brown, Jesslyn F.; Tollerud, Heather J.; Barber, Christopher; Zhou, Qiang; Dwyer, John L.; Vogelmann, James; Loveland, Thomas; Woodcock, Curtis; Stehman, Stephen V; Zhu, Zhe; Pengra, Bruce; Smith, Kelcy; Horton, Josephine; Xian, George Z.; Auch, Roger F.; Sohl, Terry L.; Sayler, Kristi L.; Gallant, Alisa L.; Zelenak, Daniel; Reker, Ryan R.; Rover, Jennifer R.
Attribution: Leetown Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Core Science Systems, California Water Science Center, Water Resources, Geologic Hazards Science Center, Natural Hazards, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Water Resources, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Earthquake Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Western Geographic Science Center, Earthquake Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Idaho Water Science Center, Water Resources, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Land Change Science Program, United States of America, Water, Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Energy and Minerals, Mineral Resources Program, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Illinois, United States of America, New England Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, California, United States of America, Texas Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 6: Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf, Texas Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 6: Arkansas-Rio Grande-Texas-Gulf, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, Land Resources, Land Change Science Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Ecosystems, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Natural Hazards, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, United States of America, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Columbia Environmental Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Central Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Water Science Center, Water Resources, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Environmental Health, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Water Resources, Science Analytics and Synthesis (SAS), Region 4: Mississippi Basin, United States of America, Water Resources, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Alaska Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 11: Alaska, Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, Western Geographic Science Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Wildland Fire Science, Natural Hazards, Natural Hazards, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Region 11: Alaska, Alaska, United States of America, Great Lakes Science Center, Ecosystems, Great Lakes Science Center, Ecosystems, Oceans, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Natural Hazards, Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, California, United States of America, Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Southwest Biological Science Center, Ecosystems, Leetown Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Oceans, Washington Water Science Center, Water Resources, Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, Washington, United States of America, Great Lakes Science Center, Ecosystems, Natural Hazards, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Natural Hazards, Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, United States of America, Western Fisheries Research Center, Ecosystems, Fisheries Program, Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Natural Hazards, Mineral Resources Program, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, California, United States of America, Leetown Science Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Great Lakes Science Center, Ecosystems, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Water Resources, Kansas Water Science Center, Water Resources, Kansas Water Science Center, Water Resources, Climate Adaptation Science Centers, Climate Adaptation Science Centers, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Land Change Science Program, United States of America, Utah Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Great Lakes Science Center, Ecosystems, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Water Resources, United States of America, Wildland Fire Science, Central Midwest Water Science Center, Water Resources, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Pacific Islands Water Science Center, Water Resources, Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, Water Resources, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Ecosystems, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Eastern Energy Resources Science Center, Energy Resources Program, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, Region 2: South Atlantic-Gulf (Includes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Natural Hazards, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, Natural Hazards, Earthquake Hazards Program, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, North Carolina, United States of America, Arizona Water Science Center, Water Resources, Northwest - Pacific Islands, Volcano Hazards Program Office, Western Ecological Research Center, Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Western Ecological Research Center, Environmental Health, Contaminant Biology Program, United States of America, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, Water Resources, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Energy and Minerals, Mineral Resources Program, Region 11: Alaska, United States of America, Water Resources, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Land Change Science Program, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, United States of America, Fort Collins Science Center, Ecosystems, United States of America, Wildland Fire Science, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK), Ecosystems, Water, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center, Indiana, United States of America, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Ecosystems, Region 4: Mississippi Basin, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, United States of America, Land Change Monitoring, Assessment and Projection