Maps: Land Use & Land Cover
Search below to find land use and land cover maps. Return to the Map Library main page to search for maps by topic.
- In the Library
- U.S. (online)
- International (online)
There are several types of maps in the Map Library that may be useful in studying the land use and land cover of a region. Depending on the topic being studied, maps created by the following agencies may provide relevant information:
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Bureau of Land Management
- Forest Service may provide relevant information.
Land cover: Impervious surface, land cover, tree canopy
Provides links to several map viewers, including the US Forest Service Land Status and Encumbrance Map..
Find out what lands are protected anywhere in the United States.
Interactive map with layers related to land use and land cover.
(Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Agricultural productivity, cropland, grazing land, irrigation, land cover and use, private forest land, soil erosion, soil quality, water quality, wetlands, and other topics. (This page was formerly known as "State of the Land.")
Environmental Data Explorer (United Nations Environment Programme)
Display the data as maps, graphs, or tables. Data categories include: Land Use, Vegetation and Land Cover
There are 25 classes of land cover, including urban and built-up land, cropland and pasture, shrubland, grassland, deciduous and evergreen forest, water, wetlands, and tundra.
Nineteen land cover classes were defined using the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) standard developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations.
(Produced by the North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS). NALCMS is a collaborative initiative between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to monitor land cover and its change over time.)
SEDAC Map Client (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center)
Interactive Mapping Application. Map Layer: Land Use (choose from "theme" in top right).