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Ecological Forecasting: 2005 Land Cover - Level I

Date: 
2006 to 2009
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Research Location: 
Kansas River Watershed

Summary

Note: This dataset has been expanded to included the Level IV classification and can be downloaded from the KLCP 2005 - Level IV Research page.

Introduction:

This land cover map was created using imagery from the Landsat 5 satellite, which orbits the earth at an altitude of 438 miles. Multi-date images from spring, summer, and fall of 2005 were used, with some 2004 images where 2005 images were not available. In total, over 40 Landsat images were used. Employing data from the red, near-infrared, and shortwave infrared parts of the spectrum (Landsat bands 3, 4, 5, and 7) an “unsupervised,” or statistical clustering, approach was used to identify 11 land cover types. Refinement of field boundaries and the addition of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands were performed using additional data provided by USDA.

Data:

This collection of files is intended to be a simple way to obtain and view the 2005 Land Use / Land Cover map developed for the'Ecological Forecasting of the Central Great Plains' project.

An ESRI ArcMap 9.2 document (.mxd) contains the land cover map and watershed boundary files for the Kansas River watershed. The document also links to an ESRI layer file (.lyr) that provides a color ramp and land cover class names.

The link below will download a .zip file containing a folder of data files for the Land Cover map. The .zip file is approximately 22 megabytes in size and contains both the final Phase I land cover map for the Kansas River Watershed and the watershed boundary files.

Land Cover Datasets (23Mb, .zip archive file) (updated 08/13/08)

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Instructions:

To use the ArcMap document, unzip the downloaded file to the desired location and open the .mxd document within the extracted folder. The .mxd document maintains the links between the source data files and the layer file that defines the land cover names and colors. These links are stored as 'relative links', meaning the folder can be placed anywhere and still work so long as the files remain within the folder. Individual data files can also be copied from the folder and moved around; simply apply the layer file (.lyr) to the source data files (Layer Properties --> Symbology tab --> Import button in ArcMap 9.2) to use the color ramp provided.

The data are provided in two versions, the difference between the two is the spatial extent of the data. In the first version, the land cover data are clipped to the explicit boundary of the Kansas River watershed. The boundary of the watershed was determined algorithmically using a watershed delineation technique run against elevation data from the National Elevation Dataset (NED, 30 meter raster cells). For the second version the watershed boundary was buffered by 1 kilometer and the landcover data were clipped to that boundary. Depending upon your modeling goals and methods, one version may be more useful than the other.

Contents:

kswshd_lulc: ESRI Grid format, land cover data clipped to the delineated Kansas River watershed boundary

kswshd_lulc1k: ESRI Grid format, land cover data clipped to 1 kilometer buffer of Kansas River watershed boundary

kswshd_bnd: ESRI Grid format, raster boundary file of the delineated Kansas River watershed boundary

kswshd_bnd1km: ESRI Grid format, raster boundary file of 1 kilometer buffer of Kansas River watershed boundary

kansasriver_watershed_boundary.shp: ESRI shapefile, vector boundary of the delineated Kansas River watershed boundary

kansasriver_watershed_boundary_1kmbuf.shp: ESRI shapefile, vector boundary of 1 kilometer buffer Kansas River watershed boundary

kansasriver_watershed_counties.shp: ESRI shapefile, county boundaries for all counties within the watershed

LULC_PhaseI_Final.mxd: ESRI ArcMap 9.2 document

LULC_PhaseI_classes.txt: Text file containing the numerical code and name for each of the 11 landcover classes

LULC_PhaseI_classes.xls: Microsoft Excel file containing the numerical code and name for each of the 11 landcover classes

LULC of Kansas River Watershed.lyr: ESRI Layer file containing the color ramp and names for each of the 11 landcover classes

This project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (EPSCoR 0553722) and the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation

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Funding

National Science Foundation

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