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Data Series 821

Prepared in cooperation with Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

Large Scale Wyoming Transportation Data: A Resource Planning Tool

By Michael S. O’Donnell, Tammy S. Fancher, Aaron T. Freeman, Abra E. Ziegler, Zachary H. Bowen, and Cameron L. Aldridge

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The U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center created statewide roads data for the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office using 2009 aerial photography from the National Agriculture Imagery Program. The updated roads data resolves known concerns of omission, commission, and inconsistent representation of map scale, attribution, and ground reference dates which were present in the original source data. To ensure a systematic and repeatable approach of capturing roads on the landscape using on-screen digitizing from true color National Agriculture Imagery Program imagery, we developed a photogrammetry key and quality assurance/quality control protocols. Therefore, the updated statewide roads data will support the Bureau of Land Management’s resource management requirements with a standardized map product representing 2009 ground conditions. The updated Geographic Information System roads data set product, represented at 1:4,000 and +/- 10 meters spatial accuracy, contains 425,275 kilometers within eight attribute classes. The quality control of these products indicated a 97.7 percent accuracy of aspatial information and 98.0 percent accuracy of spatial locations. Approximately 48 percent of the updated roads data was corrected for spatial errors of greater than 1 meter relative to the pre-existing road data. Twenty-six percent of the updated roads involved correcting spatial errors of greater than 5 meters and 17 percent of the updated roads involved correcting spatial errors of greater than 9 meters. The Bureau of Land Management, other land managers, and researchers can use these new statewide roads data set products to support important studies and management decisions regarding land use changes, transportation and planning needs, transportation safety, wildlife applications, and other studies.

First posted April 9, 2014

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O’Donnell, M.S., Fancher, T.S., Freeman, A.T., Ziegler, A.E., Bowen, Z.H., and Aldridge, C.L., 2014, Large scale Wyoming transportation data—A resource planning tool: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 821, 21 p.,

ISSN 2327-638X (online)





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