Map type: Terrestrial Ecosystems
This map of North American land cover at a spatial resolution of 250 meters provides a harmonized view of the physical cover of Earth’s surface across the continent based on 2010 Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery. Nineteen Level II land cover classes were defined using the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) standard developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations.
The North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS) is a collaborative initiative between Natural Resources Canada/Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (NRCan/CCRS); the United States Geological Survey (USGS); and three Mexican organizations: Insituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía – INEGI; Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad – CONABIO); and Comisión Nacional Forestal – CONAFOR. The project is facilitated by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC).