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Layer: NLCD 2001/1992 Change (ID: 94)

Name: NLCD 2001/1992 Change

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Description: The National Land Cover Database 1992/2001 Change Product for mapping zone 63 was produced through a cooperative project conducted by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium. The MRLC Consortium, a partnership of federal agencies (, consists of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The goal of the project is to generate a current, consistent, and seamless 1992/2001 Land Cover Change Product for the United States at medium spatial resolution for Anderson Level 1 classes. This land cover change map and all documents pertaining to it are considered "provisional" until a formal accuracy assessment can be conducted. Detailed definitions and discussion of the NLCD 1992/2001 Change product are forthcoming in the paper referenced above. New developments in mapping methodology, new sources of input data, and minor differences between mapping legends in the 1992 National Land Cover Database (NLCD 1992) and the 2001 National Land Cover Database (NLCD 2001) have compounded any direct comparisons. NLCD 2001 method improvements have resulted in an improved land cover product over NLCD 1992 in such areas as classification accuracy, spatial detail, database content, and multiple product flexibility. The result is that direct comparison of these two independently created land cover products is not recommended. The 1992/2001 NLCD Land Cover Change Product was developed to offer a more accurate and useful guide to change analysis than can be provided by direct comparison of NLCD 1992 with NLCD 2001. Users are cautioned that this product is designed to be the most accurate for applications at the mapping zone scale, and is not designed to be accurately applied over smaller sub-mapping zone areas. The NLCD 1992/2001 Change Product is partitioned in the U.S. into mapping zones. A total of 65 mapping zones were delineated within the conterminous U.S. based on ecoregion and geographical characteristics, edge matching features, and the size requirement of Landsat mosaics. Mapping zone 63 encompasses whole or portions of several states, including the states of New York and Pennsylvania. Questions about NLCD mapping zone 63 can be directed to the NLCD 1992/2001 land cover change mapping team at the USGS/EROS, Sioux Falls, SD (605) 594-6151 or Mohawk River Watershed Processing: The original files were clipped to the Mohawk watershed. The data was re-projected to UTM 18N, NAD 83.

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