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Maps and Atlases

Land Use and Land Cover Maps

See also Maps and Atlases: California - Land Use and Maps and Atlases: Northwestern California - Land Use.


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    • C-CAP Data Map Server ((US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center) Interactive web site with basic tools to view and download Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) land cover and change data for coastal regions of the United States. Using satellite imagery land cover is classified into 22 types.
    • Coastal Assessment & Data Synthesis System (US National Ocean Service Special Projects Office) The CA&DS system is a national- and regional-level data base and mapping analysis tool that can be used in coastal stewardship. The database contains information by watershed on population; estuarine living resources; land use and land cover; shellfish; physical and hydrologic characteristics; eutrophication; and socioeconomic characteristics. Choose from ready made maps or use the interactive mapper to create your own map.
    • Geographic Face of the Nation--Land Cover (US Geological Survey and US Environmental Protection Agency) 2002 (map G 3701 D2 1992 G4) 1:4 million-scale map shows 21 classes of land cover for the conterminous United States derived from the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset.
    • Land Use and Land Cover (US Geological Survey) 1975-1984 (G 3701 G4 s250 U5--see the index in the Map Filing Cabinet for coverage) Older series of maps covering the continental U.S. and Hawaii at a scale of mostly 1:250,000 with selected 1:100,000 coverage that classifies land use and land cover into 37 "Level II" categories. . Maps are produced from remote sensing imagery with the smallest area mapped being either 10 acres or 40 acres depending upon the category. A Land Use and Land Cover Classification System for Use with Remote Sensor Data (Anderson) 1976 (USGS Professional Paper 964) (Docs I 19.16:964) serves as a guide to the classification system. Also available digitally for use in GIS applications through Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) (US Geological Survey) or GIS Data Depot (Geocommunity). This older series is updated by the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset that uses a modified 21-class land cover classification scheme.
    • NWI Maps (National Wilderness Institute) Set of maps showing government land use patterns in the United States.
    • National Wetlands Inventory (US Fish & Wildlife Service) (microfiche copies in Docs I 49.6/7-12; print copies for Humboldt and Del Norte County available in the Humboldt Room Map Case) Series of maps at scales of 1:24,000 and 1:100,000 for the United States which classify wetlands into 55 different classes using the Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States (Cowardin) 1979 (print copy available in Docs I e49.89:79/31). National Wetlands Inventory Maps lists maps available for each state, including California. For additional information see Wetland Mapping and Inventory (US Geological Survey). Wetlands Mapper (US Fish & Wildlife Service) is an interactive mapper that allows one to view National Wetlands Inventory digital data as well as stream and road data. You can also view wetlands data layers with Google Earth.
    • Surface Management Status (US Bureau of Land Management) (G 3701 G51 s100 U5) Series of maps at a scale of 1:100,000 showing US land ownership. See index on Map Display Panel in the Atlas and Map Collection in the Library. A map index to California maps is available.
    • State of the Land (US Natural Resources Conservation Service) Links to several hundred maps on a United States basemap that have been derived from Natural Resources Inventory data. Subjects covered include agricultural productivity, climate, cropland, forest land, grazing land, land capability, land use, soils, water quality, water supply, and wetlands.
    • USA Federal Lands (ESRI) Maps federal and tribal land areas of the United States using ArcGIS map viewer or ArcGIS Explorer.