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USGS releases 1973–2000 time-series of land-use/land-cover for the conterminous U.S.
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USGS LCI Hosts NewGlobal Land Cover Data
Researchers from the University of Arizona recently created MODIS based global land cover datasets. The USGS LCI is hosting these datasets on their behalf to make them more available to the wider research community.
Just released, the latest edition of the nation's most comprehensive look at land-surface conditions from coast to coast shows the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas.
News Archive 2013
Accuracy assessment of NLCD 2006 land cover and impervious surface
Accuracy assessment of NLCD 2006 focused on four primary products: 2001 land cover, 2006 land cover, land-cover change between 2001 and 2006, and impervious surface change between 2001 and 2006.
News Archive 2012
Status and trends of land change in the Western United States-1973 to 2000: Volume A in Status and trends of land change in the United States-1973 to 2000
This new publication is the first in a four-volume series on the status and trends of the Nation’s land use and land cover, providing an assessment of the rates and causes of land-use and land-cover change in the Western United States between 1973 and 2000.
New Global Land Survey Visualization Interface Now Available
The USGS EROS Science Processing Architecture (ESPA) Global Land Survey (GLS) Visualization Interface is now available. The new interface allows users to immediately download GLS 2010 and GLS 2005 Surface Reflectance Products. GLS 2000 surface reflectance products will soon be available also.
USGS Rolls Out New LandsatLook Viewer
In honor of this, the 40th Anniversary of the Landsat 1 launch, and in preparation for Landsat 8 in February 2013, the USGS has rolled out a prototype viewer that allows easy access to the over 3 million scenes in the Landsat archive.
"My American Landscape" contest winners will be announced at Landsat news conference
NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. EDT, Monday, July 23, to highlight the accomplishments of the world's longest-running Earth-observing satellite program - Landsat.
Dry Conditions to persist throughout the Nation
Almost 80 percent of the contiguous United States is facing abnormally dry conditions right now. In fact, much of the lower half of the country is facing at least severe to extreme drought.
USGS Launches Climate and Land Use Change Research and Development Web Site
The USGS Climate and Land Use Change Research and Development (R&D) Program supports fundamental multi-disciplinary research needed to address complex issues associated with climate and land use change.
Mangrove Forests of the World Dataset Now Available!
The database was prepared using Landsat satellite data of the year 2000 and is the first most comprehensive mangrove assessment of the world.
National Land Cover Fact Sheet Now Available!
The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) serves as the definitive Landsat-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation.
Interior Releases First-of-its-Kind Regional Study as Part of National Assessment of Carbon Storage in U.S. Ecosystems
The Department of the Interior today released the first in a series of regional studies measuring the amount of carbon stored in U.S. ecosystems.
News Archive 2011
Revised NLCD Web page Released
Visit the improved National Land Cover Database (NLCD) website to download any of the NLCD land cover suite of products.
Land Cover Change Research at the U.S. Geological Survey—Assessing Our Nation's Dynamic Land Surface
The USGS recently completed an unprecedented, 27-year assessment of land-use and land-cover change for the conterminous United States.
Land Cover Change Regional Synthesis Report for the U.S. Great Plains Now Available!
The USGS Land Cover Trends Project is focused on understanding the rates, trends, causes, and consequences of contemporary U.S. land use and land cover change. This synthesis report is the second of four reports that has been released to-date.
National Atlas Land Cover Wall Map Now Available
This land cover wall map shows the physical materials at the surface of the United States. The land cover data displayed is from the National Land Cover Database 2001.
NLCD 2006 Now Available
The U.S. Geological Survey, on behalf of the inter-agency Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium, has completed the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2006 for the conterminous United States. NLCD 2006 represents the first database produced in a five year cycle, and the first land cover change product ever produced for the nation at 30 meter spatial resolution.
Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD) is now available!
The Web-enabled Landsat Data (WELD) project is collaboration between the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and academic partner South Dakota State University Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence (GIScCE). The WELD products are available via anonymous FTP in tiled HDF format and in GeoTIFF format for any user defined area via an interactive internet interface.
News Archive 2010
Just released, 2005 North America Land Cover at 250 m spatial resolution
This product is based on observations acquired by the MOderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The classification legend is designed in three hierarchical levels using the Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA) Land Classification System. Level I and II are common for North America while level III is country specific.
USGS Office of Global Change Climate Change Conference
This conference will highlight USGS scientific research that advances our understanding of climate change and its impacts on our Nation’s resources.
The deadline for abstracts submission has expired, however the conference agenda maybe viewed at the USGS Climate Change Conference website.
News Archive 2009
New Terrestrial Ecosystem Map of the Conterminous U.S.A new map of standardized terrestrial ecosystems for the conterminous U.S. has been produced.
Access the USGS Newsroom for further information and to visit the online, interactive version of the map.
New GLCN portal is launchedThe Global Land Cover Network team is pleased to announce the launch of the new GLCN portal. This website, together with AFRICOVER, represents a source of essential materials, insights, and expertise on land cover-related topics.
NLCD 2001The U.S. Geological Survey, on behalf of the inter-agency Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC), has completed the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2001 products for the conterminous United States, Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
Access these products for download from the MLRC website.
News Archive 2008
PECORA 17 - The Future of Land Imaging... Going Operational16th - 20th November 2008, Denver Colorado
The conference will offer a program on applications of satellite and other remotely sensed data to study, monitor, and manage the Earth's land surface, as well as technologies to improve satellite data analyses, quality, access and preservation.
Access the conference website.
3rd GOFC-GOLD Land Cover Symposium Presentations AvailableWith permission of the speakers GOFC-GOLD provides the presentations from the 3rd GOFC-GOLD symposium which took place on 13-17 October 2008, at Jena University, Germany
Access these presentations.
NO-CHARGE IMAGERY FOR EVERYONE!The USGS has released a technical announcement, outlining the plan for the release of no-charge Landsat data. Over the next 9 months, we will be opening up the Landsat archive for no-charge ordering.
Access the announcement for more details.
Access the Landsat website for other related information.
New Portrait of Earth Shows Land Cover As Never Before!
The European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization has presented a preliminary version of a 300m GlobCover product.
PECORA The Future of Land Imaging... Going Operational, November 18 - 20 2008 Denver, Colorado
Call for abstracts . We cordially invite land remote sensing data users, researchers, applications scientists, producers, managers, and policy-makers to participate in this important conference by submitting an abstract for a paper, poster, or technology demonstration.
NASA RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT - (ROSES) 2008
This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – 2008, solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD).
Land Remote Sensing Symposium 11th - 12th March 2008
The 4th Annual Land Remote Sensing Science Symposium titled "Meeting Tomorrows Challenges Today", will showcase all of the research activities within the USGS Land Remote Sensing Program and highlight current and potential remote sensing science and activities in both commercial and classified arenas.
Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA)
In support of the International Polar Year (IPY 2007 -2008), LIMA brings the coldest continent on Earth alive in greater detail than ever before through this virtually cloudless, seamless, and high resolution satellite view of Antarctica.
U.S. Land Cover State Descriptions Now Available!
The LCI would like to announce the availability of the State Land Cover Descriptions, which are assessable through the LCI website.
These State descriptions have been compiled to provide a general overview for scientific researchers, policy makers, and educators to gain a basic understanding of a State’s land cover and land use characteristics.
A printer friendly version option for each State is currently under construction and will be available soon!
Access the State Land Cover Descriptions.
News Archive 2007
Rapid Land Cover Mapper Tool Now Available!
Mapping land use and land cover (LULC) over large areas and through time has always presented major challenges. The International Program project at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, South Dakota have developed a mapping tool called the Rapid Land Cover Mapper (RLCM) that addresses the challenges in mapping LULC.
2007 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY to attend the 2007 AGU Fall Meeting!
The Fall Meeting is expected to draw a crowd of over 15,000 geophysicists from around the world. The Fall Meeting provides an opportunity for researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to present and review the latest issues affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environments in space. This meeting will cover topics in all areas of Earth and space sciences.
Access the AGU Fall Meeting website.
American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) 2007 Specialty Conference
ASPRS and CRSS are organizing an exciting conference around the theme of Our Common Borders - Safety, Security and the Environment through Remote Sensing. This conference will showcase mapping, imaging techniques and associated remote sensing projects in both countries that are promoting and enhancing cross-border geospatial cooperation, particularly in the areas of: U.S. and Canadian contributions to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), cross-border environmental and spatial data infrastructure work, homeland security, and the International Joint Commission.
Access the conference website.
2007 International Workshop on Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Data Mining
The IEEE International Conference on Data Mining series (ICDM) covers all aspects of data mining, including algorithms, software and systems, and applications. In addition, ICDM draws researchers and application developers from a wide range of data mining related areas such as statistics, machine learning, pattern recognition, databases and data warehousing, data visualization, knowledge-based systems, and high performance computing.
Access the conference website.
GU/LUCC Central Europe Conference 2007: Man in the Landscape Across Frontiers: Landscape and land use change in Central European border regions
28 August - 4 September 2007
National Land Cover Data 2001 Now Available!
The U.S. Geological Survey, on behalf of the interagency Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC), is pleased to announce the availability of National Land Cover Data (NLCD) 2001 products for the conterminous United States. These products are web enabled for download from the MRLC website. NLCD 2001 products include 21 classes of land cover, percent tree canopy and percent urban imperviousness at 30 m resolution derived from Landsat imagery.
Climate Change and Sustainable Development - in Less Developed Countries, 7th May 2007 - 8th May 2007
The Global Land Project are pleased to announce that the University of Copenhagen's (UC) 'Rio-initiative', and the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) are jointly organizing a conference titled 'Climate Change and Sustainable Development - in Less Developed Countries'. The conference will seek to understand the roles and positions of LDCs, and the threats and challenges they face, in relation to climate change and the factors driving it.
LANDFIRE Project Data Available for the Western United States!
The LANDFIRE project, in conjunction with many federal agencies is producing geospatial data products that describe existing vegetation composition and structure, potential vegetation, surface and canopy fuel characteristics, historical fire regimes, and fire regime condition class for the United States. The predominantly western portion of the United States is now complete and the data are available for download through the National Map dynamic on-line map interface.
2nd National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration - April 22 - 27, 2007
This conference is intended for everyone, from the individual landowner to the largest hydrological unit consortium such as those representing the Missouri River basin or the Great Lakes region. The conference should also appeal to city, state and county governments, and private companies, consultants and non-government groups.
ASPRS Moderate Resolution Imaging Survey Results
The goals of the survey were to 1)estimate the societal benefits of US moderate resolution data 2)
better understand current operational and research uses of moderate resolution data and 3)identify user requirements in moderate resolution technology and data policy.
International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - June 25th - 29th 2007
The overall theme is the use of Earth observation systems in monitoring, understanding, and managing the environment with particular emphasis on achieving sustainable development. The symposium will include oral and poster sessions on vital issues of interest to research and educational institutions, government agencies, commercial entities, as well as resource managers, decision-makers in public and private sectors and scientists involved in remote sensing research and applications.
News Archive 2006
North American Land Cover Summit - September 20 - 22, 2006
The objective of the North America Land Cover Summit is to pursue collaboration among institutions and government agencies across the continent, advancing the development and application of comprehensive land cover information. Summit participants will assess critical issues for improving land cover applications, identify institutional needs and gaps in technical capabilities, review innovative uses of land cover information, and recognize opportunities for interagency and international collaboration.
Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Land Cover Data Now Available!
The Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project (SWReGAP) was initiated in 1999 as a multi-institutional cooperative effort to map and assess biodiversity for a five-state region (AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT) comprising approximately 560,000 square miles in the southwestern U.S. Through coordination from the U.S. Geological Survey's Gap Analysis Program (GAP) and the collaborative efforts of participating state institutions, a seamless land cover product was completed in September 2004. These data and related datasets are made available to the public with 'provisional' status by the SWReGAP consortium of institutions responsible for their development.
Click here to access the website and download data.
Status and Trends of Eastern United States Land Cover
As part of a national assessment of U.S. land change, the USGS recently completed an analysis of 20 Eastern U.S. ecoregions. The total overall amount of Eastern U.S. land change between 1973 and 2000 was 12.5 percent.
Click here to read the complete analysis for all 20 ecoregions.
USGS establishes a Land Cover Institute
Recognizing the large and growing need for land cover data and information, the USGS has established a Land Cover Institute (LCI). It provides a focal point for coordinating and communicating USGS land cover studies and applications. As it matures, the LCI will include information about land cover data, archives, and activities nationally and worldwide. The Institute will provide a forum for advancing strategic land cover goals, with web-accessible capability for recording program and project updates and links to information sources. In a recent interview, the Institute's Acting Director, Nick Van Driel, said "The Land Cover Institute is a logical extension of the pioneering land cover research and mapping done by the USGS scientists over the last twenty years - we want to help people find and use land cover data" Dr Tom Loveland, research geographer for the USGS who has been engaged in research on the use of remote sensing for land use and land cover investigations for over 25 years also commented, "The establishment of the USGS Land Cover Institute continues the long-standing USGS commitment to land cover excellence that was first made by Dr. James Anderson in the early 1970's. The Land Cover Institute will contribute to the growing need to understand the characteristics and consequences of our changing planet by focusing on key land cover data, applications, and science issues".
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