Bloomington, Indiana (2011)
Bloomington, Indiana (2011)
Bloomington, Indiana (2011-13), Land Cover
Bloomington, Indiana (2011)
Bloomington, Indiana (2011)
Bloomington, Indiana (2011)
Bloomington, Indiana (2011-13), Land Cover
Bloomington, Indiana (2011)

We have the largest archive of high-resolution land cover data within the US.

Land Cover

The Land Cover product is a high-resolution (1 meter) dataset that provides baseline land cover information in multiple formats to support different land management applications. It is derived from 1 meter or better resolution, 4 band color infrared imagery that is acquired typically on a 2 year cycle as part of the National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) or a state orthoimagery acquisition project.

EarthDefine's Land Cover product offers significant advantages over traditional coarser resolution (30m or lower) land cover datasets. Our high-resolution data enables you to precisely map fine scale variations in the landscape in mixed landcover terrains that are crucial to accurately modeling a host of landscape processes.

EarthDefine's Land Cover compared to coarse resolution data

Aerial Image (1m) 30m NLCD (National Land Cover Dataset) 2006 1m Land Cover 2012


Class NameValueClassification Description
Herbaceous1all surfaces with non-woody vegetation - lawns, cropland, grasses, etc.
Bare2non-vegetated non-impervious cover - snow, sand, barren farmland, rock, etc.
Impervious3impermeable built-up surfaces - roads and transportation infrastructure, sidewalks, buildings, parking lots, etc.
Water4open water - lakes, rivers, streams, sea, ponds, etc.
Shrubs16low woody vegetation - early stage or stunted trees

1. The shrubs class is not classified for a state if it covers less than 0.5% of the total area.

What can you do with the Land Cover data?

The Land Cover product helps local, state and federal agencies, companies and non-profits by supplying accurate and spatially explicit high-resolution land cover data for performing a wide range of mapping and analytical functions. Example applications include:

  • measuring current and potential tree canopy coverage for Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assessments
  • understanding quantity/quality of stormwater runoff based on the distribution of impervious and other land cover
  • improving line of sight radio wave propagation modeling for wireless planning through derivative 'clutter' classification
  • conducting environmental impact assessments for construction projects
  • monitoring land cover change related to oil and gas development
  • finding the least-cost pathways for building utility corridors and highways
  • predicting erosion risk through analysis of land cover and terrain data
  • wildfire risk modeling and mitigating post fire ecological impacts
  • monitoring urban growth
  • using dasymetric mapping methods to improve surface population maps for risk vulnerability analysis related to natural disasters
  • modeling carbon storage and change as a function of land cover types


EarthDefine uses a Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA) processing workflow to create the Land Cover product.

Data Coverage

Related Products

US Tree Map

Tree Locations

Canopy Height Model (CHM)

US Impervious Map

US Building Footprints

Technical Specifications
Resolution1 meter
Minimum Mapping Unit0.005 acre

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