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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.

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Fifty Years of Landsat: Sharing Earth information for the benefit of all

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Fifty Years of Landsat: Pioneer in Promoting Food Security from Space

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LCMAP Releases Hawaii Collection 1

Publications

Tree regrowth duration map from LCMAP collection 1.0 land cover products in the conterminous United States, 1985–2017

Forest covers about one-third of the land area of the conterminous United States (CONUS) and plays an important role in offsetting carbon emissions and supporting local economies. Growing interest in forests as relatively cost-effective nature-based climate solutions, particularly restoration and reforestation activities, has increased the demand for information on forest regrowth and recovery fol

Analyzing the effects of land cover change on the water balance for case study watersheds in different forested ecosystems in the USA

We analyzed impacts of interannual disturbance on the water balance of watersheds in different forested ecosystem case studies across the United States from 1985 to 2016 using a remotely sensed long-term land cover monitoring record (U.S. Geological Survey Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) Collection 1.0 Science products), gridded precipitation and evaporation data, and st

Conterminous United States land-cover change (1985-2016): New insights from annual time series

Sample-based estimates augmented by complete coverage land-cover maps were used to estimate area and describe patterns of annual land-cover change across the conterminous United States (CONUS) between 1985 and 2016. Most of the CONUS land cover remained stable in terms of net class change over this time, but a substantial gross change dynamic was captured by the annual and cumulative time interval

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LCMAP Change Stories: Sequoias under Siege, Progression of a Wildfire

Sequoia National Park encompasses over 400,000 acres across the Sierra Nevada mountains. The park’s giant old growth sequoias are the largest trees in the world, growing 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter and 250 feet (76.2 m) tall over their 3,000-year lifespans.
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LCMAP Change Stories: Sequoias under Siege, Progression of a Wildfire

Sequoia National Park encompasses over 400,000 acres across the Sierra Nevada mountains. The park’s giant old growth sequoias are the largest trees in the world, growing 30 feet (9.1 m) in diameter and 250 feet (76.2 m) tall over their 3,000-year lifespans.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 71 – Blue Oak Forests of California

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how Landsat-based data products have been used to study forest change in California.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 71 – Blue Oak Forests of California

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how Landsat-based data products have been used to study forest change in California.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 69 - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how the landscapes of the U.S. have changed since 1985.
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Eyes on Earth Episode 69 - Thirty Years of Land Change in the U.S.

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how the landscapes of the U.S. have changed since 1985.
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