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Title: Assessment of 2001 NLCD percent tree and impervious cover estimates

Author: Greenfield, Eric; Nowak, David J.; Walton, Jeffrey T.

Year: 2009

Publication: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. 75(11): 1279-1286.

Abstract: The 2001 National Land Cover Database (NLCD) tree and impervious cover maps provide an opportunity to extract basic land-cover information helpful for natural resource assessments. To determine the potential utility and limitations of the 2001 NLCD data, this exploratory study compared 2001 NLCD-derived values of overall percent tree and impervious cover within geopolitical boundaries with aerial photo interpretation-derived values for the same areas. Results of the comparison reveal that NLCD underestimates tree cover and to a lesser extent, underestimates impervious cover. The underestimate appears to be consistent across the conterminous United States with no statistical differences among regions. However, there were statistical differences in the degree of underestimation of tree cover among mapping zones and of impervious cover by population density class.

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