Overview of the 2010 North American Land Cover Product at 30m Resolution: Methods, Results and Future Plans

Authors: Patrick Danielson*, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), Collin Homer, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, René R. Colditz, National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), Avenida Liga Periférico – Insurgentes Sur No 4903, Col. Parques del Pedregal, Del. Tlalpan 14010 Mexico, D.F., Rasim Latifovic, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS), 560 Rochester Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E4, Ricardo M. Llamas, University of Delaware, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Newark, DE, United States, Darren Pouliot, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Landscape Science and Technology, 1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5R1, Carmen Meneses, National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), Periférico Poniente 5360, San Juan de Ocotán, 45019 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico., Arturo Victoria, National Institute for Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Av. Héroe de Nacozari 2301 Sur, Jardines del Parque, 20270, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico., Rainer A. Ressl, National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), Avenida Liga Periférico – Insurgentes Sur No 4903, Col. Parques del Pedregal, Del. Tlalpan 14010 Mexico, D.F., Karen Richardson, Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), 393 St-Jacques Street West, Suite 200, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 1N9
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Remote Sensing, Landscape
Keywords: Land Cover, Remote Sensing
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Estherwood, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS) is a trilateral effort between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It is produced by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Insituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, INEGI), the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad ,CONABIO), and the National Forestry Commission (Comisión Nacional Forestal, CONAFOR). The general objective of NALCMS 2010 is to devise, through collective effort, a harmonized 30-meter land cover monitoring approach. This approach is designed to ensure high accuracy and consistency in monitoring land cover changes at the North American scale and to meet specific requirements for each country. In order to generate a seamless and consistent land cover map of North America, national maps were generated for Canada by the CCRS; for Mexico by INEGI, CONABIO, and CONAFOR; and for the United States by the USGS. Each country used specific land cover mapping methodologies to create national datasets, which were combined to create the 30-meter land cover product. This presentation provides an overview of country-specific image classification processes, describes the continental map production process, provides results for the North American continent, and discusses future plans. NALCMS is coordinated by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and all products can be obtained at their website: http://www.cec.org.

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