National Land Cover Database

This image provided by the USGS compares impervious surfaces in Boise, Idaho in 2001, 2008, and 2019.

USGS Releases Two Decades of Land Cover Change for the Contiguous United States

Caitlin Dempsey

The USGS has updated land cover maps for the conterminous United States, which show how the country's landscapes have changed over the last 18 years.

Changes to the National Land Cover Database

Mark Altaweel

The National Land Cover Database is a GIS dataset that is seen as critical for monitoring the impact of fires, particularly increased wildfires in the West, general health of ecosystems, biodiversity monitoring, and increasing effects of climate change on land cover.