Land Cover and Development
Land cover is the classification of units of the earths surface into a set of cover classes. Development is the process of changing these units of surface from natural cover such as forest or wetland, into increasingly intense developed land cover classes.
- NOAA C-CAP data provide a sequence of the most commonly used land cover data using an interpretation of LANDSAT satellite data, which provides a spectral signature of the earths surface in 30m pixels.
- The WDFW High Resolution Aerial Imagery Change Detection uses an automated aerial photo analysis to detect loss or gain in forest cover between USDA NAIP aerial photography overflights (typically biennial).
- Puget Sound Partnership has selected change in land cover as a regional metric as part of the Puget Sound Vital Signs
- Change in land cover and how it affects streams and wetlands in watersheds should be developed as a topic