Using high-resolution digital aerial imagery to map land cover

Fact Sheet 2014-3009
Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
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Abstract

The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) has used aerial photography to map land cover/land use on federally owned and managed lands for over 20 years. Until recently, that process used 23- by 23-centimeter (9- by 9-inch) analog aerial photos to classify vegetation along the Upper Mississippi River System, on National Wildlife Refuges, and in National Parks. With digital aerial cameras becoming more common and offering distinct advantages over analog film, UMESC transitioned to an entirely digital mapping process in 2009. Though not without challenges, this method has proven to be much more accurate and efficient when compared to the analog process.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Using high-resolution digital aerial imagery to map land cover
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2014-3009
DOI 10.3133/fs20143009
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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