Building unified geospatial data for land-change modeling—A case study in the area of Richmond, Virginia

Open-File Report 2016-1176
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Abstract

An effort to build a unified collection of geospatial data for use in land-change modeling (LCM) led to new insights into the requirements and challenges of building an LCM data infrastructure. A case study of data compilation and unification for the Richmond, Va., Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) delineated the problems of combining and unifying heterogeneous data from many independent localities such as counties and cities. The study also produced conclusions and recommendations for use by the national LCM community, emphasizing the critical need for simple, practical data standards and conventions for use by localities. This report contributes an uncopyrighted core glossary and a much needed operational definition of data unification.

Suggested Citation

Donato, D.I., and Shapiro, J.L., 2016, Building unified geospatial data for land-change modeling—A case study in the area of Richmond, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016‒1176, 84 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161176.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • The Richmond Area
  • The Process of Building the Dataset and Geodatabases
  • Summary of Methods
  • Data Availability
  • Summary and Recommendations
  • References Cited
  • Glossary
  • Appendix 1. Data Sources and Data Restrictions for the Richmond Area
  • Appendix 2. Contents of the Richmond Unified Geographic Dataset 

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Building unified geospatial data for land-change modeling—A case study in the area of Richmond, Virginia
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1176
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161176
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Eastern Geographic Science Center
Description v, 84 p.
Country United States
State Virginia
City Richmond
Online Only (Y/N) Y