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A Land Use and Land Cover Classification System for Use with Remote Sensor Data

By Anderson, James R.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000061417
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: A Land Use and Land Cover Classification System for Use with Remote Sensor Data  
Author: Anderson, James R.
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Excerpt: The framework of a national land use and land cover classification system is presented for use with remote sensor data. The classification system has been developed to meet the needs of Federal and State agencies for an up-to-date overview of land use and land cover throughout the country on a basis that is uniform in categorization at the more generalized first and second levels and that will be receptive to data from satellite and aircraft remote sensors. The proposed system uses the features of existing widely used classification systems that are amenable to data derived from remote sensing sources. It is intentionally left open-ended so that Federal, regional, State, and local agencies can have flexibility in developing more detailed land use classifications at the third and fourth levels in order to meet their particular needs and at the same time remain compatible with each other and the national system. Revision of the land use classification system as presented in U.S. Geological Survey Circular 671 was undertaken in order to incorporate the results of extensive testing and review of the categorization and definitions.

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CONTENTS Abstract Introduction Need for standardization Historical development of the classification system Designing a classification system for use with remote sensing techniques Classification criteria Developing the classification system Using the classification system Definitions Urban or Built-up Land Agricultural Land Rangeland Forest Land Water Wetland Barren Land Tundra Perennial Snow or Ice Map Presentation Selected Bibliography


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