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Development of the USGS national land-cover database over two decades

January 1, 2011

Land-cover composition and change have profound impacts on terrestrial ecosystems. Land-cover and land-use (LCLU) conditions and their changes can affect social and physical environments by altering ecosystem conditions and services. Information about LCLU change is often used to produce landscape-based metrics and evaluate landscape conditions to monitor LCLU status and trends over a specific time interval (Loveland et al. 2002; Coppin et al. 2004; Lunetta et al. 2006). Continuous, accurate, and up-to-date land-cover data are important for natural resource and ecosystem management and are needed to support consistent monitoring of landscape attributes over time. Large-area land-cover information at regional, national, and global scales is critical for monitoring landscape variations over large areas.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2011
Title Development of the USGS national land-cover database over two decades
DOI 10.1201/b10599-26
Authors George Z. Xian, Collin G. Homer, Limin Yang
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70187151
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center