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U.S. Geological Survey Land-Use and Land-Cover Classification System

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The land-use and land-cover classification system proposed for review in U.S. Geological Survey Circular 671 was devised to provide a logical framework for land-use and land-cover information derived from remotely sensed data as well as to serve as the classification system for a national inventory. Review comments from federal, state, local, and other potential users were incorporated into USGS Professional Paper 964, the final version of the classification. The classification system is a combination of inductive processes (capabilities for interpreting remote-sensor images) and deductive processes (division of the landscape as related to resource information needs). Specifications have been devised in order to put it to use in a national inventory. To date, 11 states have participated in matching-funds cooperative agreements for land-use and cover mapping, and several federal and regional agencies are using the system, maps, and data.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Chief of the Geography Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia

Publication date: 1978-10-01

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