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Thursday, May 24 • 8:45am - 9:00am
High Resolution Coastal Land Cover Mapping

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Understanding land cover patterns and their changes is essential to comprehensive natural resource management, land use planning, and conservation efforts. ​​This data provides information for inventory and assessment activities, tracking progress of management goals or policies, and monitor ongoing change. Through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has been producing standardized, accurate land cover and change information in the coastal U.S. for over two decades. While the bulk of this data has been focused regionally (using 30-meter Landsat imagery), recent increases in the availability of high resolution imagery and lidar along with improvements in processing capabilities are enabling more cost-effective production of high resolution land cover products. Such detailed information will provide more precise regional information and support more local, or site specific applications.

This presentation will be focused on NOAA efforts to establish operational high resolution land cover products nationally, and on pilot results specific to Washington’s Puget Sound. We will showcase examples of recently completed products (in Snohomish, Island, and San Juan Counties), discuss techniques utilized in their production, accuracy assessment results, information related to cost, schedules for additional production areas, and possible partnership opportunities.

This abstract is part of a land cover, wetland, and change mapping session which include the following 4 authors: Nate Herold, Meghan Halbisky, Ken Pierce, and Suzanne Shull.


Nate Herold

Nate Herold is a Physical Scientist with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. He leads NOAA land cover mapping activities through the Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). He has been with NOAA for 14 years. He has a bachelors in Soil Science from the Pennsylvania State University... Read More →

Thursday May 24, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am

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