Data Tool

North American Land Change Monitoring System

NALCMS products can be used for a variety of applications, including: carbon sequestration analysis, wildlife habitat mapping, ecosystem monitoring, environmental planning, water quality assessments, and evaluation of biofuels production potential.

The maps produced under this initiative represent land cover in 2005, 2010, and 2015, and are based on either Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery monthly composites at 250 m spatial resolution; Landsat-7; or RapidEye satellite imagery at 30 m spatial resolution.

The NALCMS’ nineteen land cover classes are based on the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) standard developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Map Files

CEC Atlas Map

Land Cover Change 30m, 2010-2015 (Landsat)

2020
Land Cover

This map demonstrates land cover change between 2010 and 2015 in North America at a spatial resolution of 30 meters.

CEC Atlas Map

Land Cover 30m, 2015 (Landsat and RapidEye)

2020
Land Cover

This map of North American land cover at a spatial resolution of 30 meters provides a harmonized view of the physical cover of Earth's surface across the continent based on 2015 Landsat satellite imagery for Canada and the United States, and RapidEye imagery for Mexico.

CEC Atlas Map

Land Cover, 2010 (Landsat, 30m)

2020
Land Cover

This map of North American land cover at a spatial resolution of 30 meters provides a harmonized view of the physical cover of Earth's surface across the continent based on 2010 Landsat satellite imagery.

CEC Atlas Map

Land Cover Change, 2005-2010 (MODIS, 250m)

2013
Land Cover

This map demonstrates land cover change between 2005 and 2010 in North America at a spatial resolution of 250 meters.

CEC Atlas Map

Land Cover, 2010 (MODIS, 250m)

2013
Land Cover

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.

CEC Atlas Map

Land Cover, 2005 (MODIS, 250m)

2013
Land Cover

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 2005 Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite imagery.

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