Release of RCMAP Time-Series Trends Statistics

Published Aug 02, 2021

RCMAP has released temporal trends for the 1985-2020 fractional component cover time-series. Temporal patterns in each RCMAP component were evaluated with two approaches, 1) linear trends and 2) a structural change method using a temporal moving window to detect “breaks” and “stable states” in pixel values. The structural change method partitions the time-series into segments of similar slope values, with statistically significant break-points indicating perturbations to the prior trajectory. We provide the following statistics: 1) for each component, each year, the presence/absence of breaks, 2) the slope, p-value, and standard error of the segment occurring in each year, 3) the overall model R2 (quality of model fit to the temporal profile), and 4) an index, Total Change Intensity, reflecting the total amount of change occurring across components in that pixel.

Release of a New Rangeland Condition, Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (RCMAP) Time-Series Spanning 1985-2020

Published Jun 04, 2021

A new generation of RCMAP fractional component time-series data spanning 1985-2020 are now available for download and on the rangelands viewer. Relative to the prior generation, several key improvements are 1) additional components: perennial herbaceous and non-sagebrush shrub, 2) addition of all available BLM AIM data as training, 3) improved change detection, and 4) better imagery compositing. These factors have led to a ~15% increase in independent accuracy. Additionally, we produce error maps for each component, which reflect model uncertainty. Trends analysis products of the 1985-2020 time-series using both linear and structural change (breaks and stable states) methods will be available by July 2021. While users are encouraged to use the new generation of data, the previous version of the time-series data is archived.

NLCD 2019 Products Now Available

Published Jun 03, 2021

The NLCD 2019 suite of Conterminous U.S. (CONUS) land cover and impervious products have now been released. This release includes eight epochs of land cover (2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2019), a 2001 – 2019 land cover change index, and sixteen urban imperviousness datasets - a percent imperviousness and classified imperviousness matching all years of land cover . The NLCD 2019 and 2021 products for tree canopy cover will be released in the next year. RCMAP rangeland fractional component data including a 1985-2020 time-series, projections of future component cover through the 2080s, and Ecological Potential component cover are also currently available.

Launch of the Rangeland Condition, Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (RCMAP) Project and New Generation of Rangeland Fractional Components

Published May 11, 2021

The USGS and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are pleased to announce the launch of the Rangeland Condition Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (RCMAP) project whose flagship product is a fractional component time-series. These data have been previously referred to by several names including “BIT”, “shrub-grass layers”, etc. The RCAMP time-series has been extended to 2020 using improved image composites, change detection, and inclusion of BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) data. We have added two additional components in the current generation; perennial herbaceous and non-sagebrush shrub, in addition to the 6 components mapped previously; shrub, sagebrush, herbaceous, annual herbaceous, litter, and bare ground. The new generation of RCMAP data will be available for static download on and on the Rangelands Viewer in a few short weeks. Once the new generation is uploaded, the previous version of the time-series data will be archived at:

Rangeland Ecological Potential Component Cover, Cover Departure, and Vegetation States – Now Available

Published Apr 15, 2021

The USGS, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, has produced Ecological Potential rangeland fractional cover data for the Western U.S. These products represent the potential cover given the most productive, least disturbed, portion of the 1985-2020 Landsat archive. Contemporary component cover in 2018 was compared to Ecological Potential cover to generate departure maps. Additionally, we converted Ecological Potential and 2018 cover maps into vegetation states. These general vegetation states (native sagebrush steppe, annual grasslands, etc.) highlight locations where vegetation communities have already changed or are vulnerable to future change.

Enhanced Visualization and Analysis (EVA) Tool Now Available

Published Mar 25, 2021

The MRLC Consortium, in collaboration with NOAA and the USGS, is pleased to release version 2 of the Enhanced Visualization and Analysis (EVA) tool. This tool provides users with detailed county statistics for any two NLCD landcover dates to support quick and powerful change analyses. This tool was originally developed by NOAA and shared through the consortium with custom adaptations for NLCD.

Projected NLCD Rangeland Cover Products Through 2080 – Now Available

Published Dec 02, 2020

The USGS, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, has produced projected rangeland fractional cover products for Western U.S. Projected data include three time periods (2020s, 2050s, and 2080s) and two climate scenarios (Representative Concentration Pathways [RCP] 4.5 and 8.5). Cover products are available for six components including shrub, sagebrush, herbaceous, annual herbaceous, litter and bare ground.

New Revised (071520) NLCD 2016 Rangeland fractional components now available

Published Aug 10, 2020

The USGS in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management and other MRLC partners has produced these revised NLCD products. Please note these new Revised (071520) rangeland products will differ from the first generation of circa 2016 fractional cover maps, a more aggressive masking of tree canopy cover was applied to each of the nine rangeland components. The component values represent the proportion of each 30 m pixel. 

All New MRLC Rangeland Viewer Released

Published Jul 17, 2020

The MRLC Rangeland Viewer provides a dynamic platform for visualization and comparison of multi-temporal geospatial data of shrub and grassland ecosystems in the Western U.S. and supports custom data subsetting and downloads.

Historical NLCD Rangeland Cover Products Now Available

Published Jun 11, 2020

The USGS, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, has produced historical NLCD Rangeland products for Western U.S. for 1985-2018. Cover products are available for six components including shrub, sagebrush, herbaceous, annual herbaceous, litter and bare ground.