UCB Libraries

Maps: Land Use & Land Cover

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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.
Topographic maps can show how land has been used in one location over time. Atlases may show land usage at different points in time. Finally, aerial photographs allow for the study of land use and cover.

 

 

 

National Map Small-Scale Data Download

Land cover: Impervious surface, land cover, tree canopy

 

Land Status Record Sytem Data (Forest Service)

The LSRS data is a collection of data themes that depict the land status (title and related rights and uses) and boundary management of National Forest System (NFS) lands.

 

National Gap Analysis Program (GAP) | Protected Areas Data Portal (USGS)

Find out what lands are protected anywhere in the United States.

 

North American Land Cover, 2005 – 250 Meters (Commission for Environmental Cooperation)

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.)

 

North American Land Cover Characteristics – 1 Kilometer Resolution (National Atlas)

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.

 

NRI Map Room

(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

 

North American Land Cover Characteristics – 1 Kilometer Resolution (National Atlas)

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.

 

North American Land Cover, 2005 – 250 Meters (Commission for Environmental Cooperation)

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).