Open-File Report 95–654
As part of its global change research program, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has produced raster data that describe the land cover of the United States using a consistent format. The data consist of elevations, satellite measurements, computed vegetation indices, land cover classes, and ancillary political, topographic and hydrographic information. This open-file report uses some of these data to explore the environment of a (256-km)² region of central California. We present various visualizations of the data, multiscale correlations between topography and vegetation, a path analysis of more complex statistical interactions, and a map that portrays the influence of agriculture on the region's vegetation. An appendix contains C and Mathematica code used to generate the graphics and some of the analysis.
First posted 1995
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De Cola, Lee and Falcone, Neil, 1995, Exploratory analysis of environmental interactions in central California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95–654, available only online at https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1995/0654/.