National Land Cover Characterization Project

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Abstract: The National Land Cover Characterization project was created in 1995 to support
the original Multi-Resolution Land Characterization (MRLC) initiative and
fulfill the requirement to develop a nationally consistent land cover data set
from MRLC data called National Land Cover Data 1992 (NLCD 92). This culminated
in the September 2000 completion of land-cover mapping using a modified
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Description: NLCD Land Cover Statistics Database.
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Caption:  Sample Data for Washington D.C. Area
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 76.63   S: 13.71   E: -61.48   W: -177.1

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Vogelmann, J.E., S.M. Howard, L. Yang, C.R. Larson, B.K. Wylie, N. Van Driel
Dataset Title: National Land Cover Characterization Project
Dataset Release Date: 2001
Dataset Release Place: Sioux Falls, SD
Dataset Publisher: USGS EROS Data Center
Data Presentation Form: map
Online Resource:
MAPS Ancillary Description
Quality The National Land Cover Data (NLCD) for some of the states available at the FTP
site have not yet been assessed for accuracy. Those states that have been
assessed for accuracy are shown in green on the previous page. You may see the
results of the accuracy assessments at .
No datasets will be revised based upon the results of the accuracy assessments
and the data on the FTP site are considered 'final'.
Use Constraints There is no guarantee of warranty concerning the accuracy of these data. Users should be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since the data was collected and that some parts of these data may no longer represent actual surface conditions. Users should not use these data for critical applications without a full awareness of their limitations. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data. Any user who modifies the data set is obligated to describe the types of modifications they perform. User specifically agrees not to misrepresent the data set, nor to imply that changes made were approved or endorsed by the U.S. Geological Survey. Please refer to for the USGS disclaimer.
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Originating Center
Data Center
Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
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Data Center Personnel
Phone: 605-594-6151
Phone: 800-252-4547
Fax: 605-594-6589
Email: lta at
Contact Address:
LTA Customer Services
U.S. Geological Survey
EROS Center
47914 252nd Street
City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198-0001
Country: USA
Distribution Media: Online
Distribution Format: GeoTIFF
Fees: No fees

Distribution Media: CD-ROM
Distribution Format: GeoTIFF
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Vogelmann, J.E., S.M. Howard, L. Yang, C.R. Larson, B.K. Wylie, N. Van Driel,
2001. Completion of the 1990s National Land Cover Data Set for the Conterminous
United States from Landsat Thematic Mapper Data and Ancillary Data Sources,
Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 67:650-652.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-07-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-05-27
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