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

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Edited by: Qihao Weng



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.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Development of the USGS national land-cover database over two decades
ISBN 978-1-4200-9175-5
DOI 10.1201/b10599-26
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher CRC Press
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 19 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Advances in environmental remote sensing
First page 525
Last page 543
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