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Landcover-NLCD 2011 (Polygons)

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Descriptive nameLandcover-NLCD 2011 (Polygons)
File namenlcd11po
Spatial domainPima Cnty & Vicinity
AbstractNational Land Cover Database 2011 Land Cover, produced by MRLC (Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium). As with two previous NLCD land cover products, NLCD 2011 keeps the same 16-class land cover classification scheme that has been applied consistently across the United States at a spatial resolution of 30 meters. NLCD 2011 is based primarily on a decision-tree classification of circa 2011 Landsat satellite data.

Full metadata are included in the nlcd2011.img.xml or nlcd2011.html files located in the same path as the original maintenance format raster.

The release in 2014 of amended versions of land cover for 2001, 2006, and 2011 was made to correct for unintended differences between the impervious dataset and the four land cover developed classes.

Original raster layer converted to polygon features for enhanced display in PimaMaps and in MapGuide (esp. maptips) at scales greater than 1:50,000.

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Known errors/qualificationsIn order to facilitate easier comparisons with the 2006 National Land Cover Database layer (NLCD2006), pixels were resampled--using the Nearest Neighbor method--when reprojecting the data. This produced horizontal rows that line up with the rows in the 2006 dataset. However, the resulting pixels don't represent the exact same area on the ground that the original satellite sensor collected.
Feature typepolygon
Feature count 407,231
Thumbnail Map nlcd11po.pdf PDF file format   (15,942,707 bytes, PDF created 07/20/2022 )
ProjectionNAD83 HPGN (Parameters)
Rectificationunknown
Field/value metadata Field metadata
Source organizationMRLC/USGS
Source contact
Source document or file namenlcd_2011_landcover_2011_edition_2014_10_10.zip
Source date20170616
Source scale
Source formatGrid
Date of last data update
(This date may not be current.)
20170908
Last data update byErik Glenn
Date/time last touched - Meaning? 2021-03-17  11:47 PM - Enterprise GDB
  2021-03-17  11:48 PM - Shapefile - Library input format
  See coverage files, if any, for date.
Lineage20170908 - Converted original raster dataset (Imagine file, .img) to singlepart polygon features; polygons weren't smoothed or generalized, so result has the same pixelated pattern of the original raster (EG).
On maintenance?No
Maintenance organization
Maintenance description
Original conversion byErik Glenn
Pima County ITD GIS contactErik Glenn
Alternate Pima County ITD GIS contacte-mail address
On  Pima County Geospatial Data Portal? No

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