MRLC News

NLCD 2016 Tree Canopy Cover Now Available

Published Oct 02, 2019

The US Forest Service, in collaboration with the MRLC consortium, is pleased to announce the release of the NLCD 2016 CONUS tree canopy cover. With this release, the 2011 and 2016 tree canopy products, along with a 2011 to 2016 change analysis product, are now available for download. These tree canopy products have values representing the percentage of canopy cover for each 30 m pixel in the conterminous U.S.

NLCD 2016 Science Research Products Now Available

Published Aug 05, 2019

In May, 2019, the USGS released a new generation of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) named NLCD 2016 for the conterminous U.S. As a follow-up to this, the USGS is now releasing three new “NLCD 2016 Science Research Products,” which represent intermediate products used in the generation of NLCD 2016 land cover. These three products include a change disturbance layer across the years 1986-2016, a disturbance date layer that relates to the current 2001 to 2016 NLCD land cover epochs, and a more comprehensive class delineation of shrub and grass classes.

NLCD 2016 Shrubland Fractional Components Now Available

Published May 15, 2019

The USGS in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and other MRLC partners has produced additional NLCD products for Western U.S. shrubland areas. This suite of products contains nine components, with component values representing the proportion (fractional vegetation) of each 30 m pixel. 

NLCD 2016 Products Now Available

Published May 10, 2019

The NLCD 2016 suite of Conterminous U.S. (CONUS) land cover and impervious products have now been released. This release includes seven epochs of land cover (2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2016), a 2001 – 2016 land cover change index, and eight urban imperviousness datasets - a percent imperviousness and classified imperviousness for 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016. The NLCD 2016 products for trees, shrubs, and grasses will be released in the coming weeks.

NLCD Mapping Tool Updated

Published Nov 14, 2018

The current version of the mapping tool now contains support for Erdas 2016 through 2018 as well as previous versions 8.7 through 2011.

NLCD 2016 Design and Methodology Paper Published

Published Feb 28, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with several federal agencies, has developed and released four National Land Cover Database (NLCD) products over the past two decades: NLCD 1992, 2001, 2006, and 2011. These products provide spatially explicit and reliable information on the Nation’s land cover and land cover change.

NLCD Shrubland Products Now Available

Published Feb 26, 2018

The USGS in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and other MRLC partners is producing additional NLCD products for Western U.S. shrubland areas. This suite of products is produced as nine components, with component values representing the proportion (fractional vegetation) of each 30 m pixel.

NLCD 2016 to be Released in Early 2019

Published Feb 23, 2018

NLCD 2016 is an ongoing land cover modeling production effort with NLCD scientists providing expertise in research and development, modeling, scripting, scene selection, cloud-masking, land cover mapping, and imperviousness mapping production.