LANDFIRE Remap: Integrating Dynamic Surface Water Extent, Landsat, and the National Hydrological Dataset for Improving Water Extent Mapping

Authors: Jordan Long*, U.S. Geological Survey, Timothy Larson, KBRwyle, contractor to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observations and Sciences (EROS) Center, Ray Dittmeier, KBRwyle, contractor to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observations and Sciences (EROS) Center, Joshua Picotte, ASRC Federal Data Solutions
Topics: Land Use and Land Cover Change, Water Resources and Hydrology, Environmental Science
Keywords: LANDFIRE Remap, Landsat, land cover mapping, water mapping, dynamic surface water extent
Session Type: Poster
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LANDFIRE (Landscape Fire and Resource Management Planning Tools) is a joint program between the wildland fire management programs of the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Wildland Fire and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, providing consistent and comprehensive geo-spatial products that describe vegetation condition to support cross-boundary planning, management, and operations for the United States and U.S. territories. LANDFIRE Remap is an ongoing vegetation and fuels mapping effort designed to produce current (circa 2016) base maps of the LANDFIRE product suite (e.g., vegetation type, vegetation structure, surface and canopy fuel, and topography) for all lands of the United States. The Remap initiative provides an opportunity for exploring and utilizing recent advancements in remote sensing surveying technologies and applications with a primary aim of improving LANDFIRE geo-spatial products. Here, we focus on integrating Dynamic Surface Water Extent products (a recently developed USGS Essential Climate Variable combined with temporal Landsat derivatives and ancillary products such as the National Hydrological Dataset to improve water delineation at the CONUS extent. The results of this study will help LANDFIRE leverage moderate resolution Earth observation datasets to improve water extent mapping for all U.S. lands and territories.

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