NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (CCAP) 2001-2006 Era Land Cover Change Data of the Southern United States

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (CCAP) 2001-2006 Era Land Cover Change Data of the Southern United States
Abstract:
The NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) products are part of the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics program, a nationally standardized database of land cover and change information, for the coastal regions of the U.S. C-CAP products inventory coastal intertidal areas, wetlands, and adjacent uplands with the goal of monitoring changes in these habitats, on a one-to-five year repeat cycle.  The timeframe for the metadata is reported as 1996-Era, 2001-Era, or 2006-Era, but the actual dates of the landsat imagery used to create the land cover may have been acquired a few years before or after each era.  hese maps are developed utilizing Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery, and can be used to track changes in the landscape through time. This trend information gives important feedback to managers on the success or failure of management policies and programs and aid in developing a scientific understanding of the Earth system and its response to natural and human-induced changes. This understanding allows for the prediction of impacts due to these changes and the assessment of their cumulative effects, helping coastal resource managers make more informed regional decisions. This is a parent metadata record for this region. More detailed metadata is available at the dataset level.
Supplemental_Information:
Attributes for this product are as follows:0 Background1 Unclassified (Cloud, Shadow, etc)2 High Intensity Developed3 Medium Intensity Developed4 Low Intensity Developed5 Developed Open Space6 Cultivated Land7 Pasture/Hay8 Grassland9 Deciduous Forest10 Evergreen Forest11 Mixed Forest12 Scrub/Shrub13 Palustrine Forested Wetland14 Palustrine Scrub/Shrub Wetland15 Palustrine Emergent Wetland16 Estuarine Forested Wetland17 Estuarine Scrub/Shrub Wetland18 Estuarine Emergent Wetland19 Unconsolidated Shore20 Bare Land21 Open Water22 Palustrine Aquatic Bed23 Estuarine Aquatic Bed24 Tundra25 Snow/Ice
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Coastal Services Center (CSC), 20071031, NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (CCAP) 2001-2006 Era Land Cover Change Data of the Southern United States: NOAA's Ocean Service, Coastal Services Center (CSC), Charleston, SC.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -101.077
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -79.805
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 32.833
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.226

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 30-Jul-1999
    Ending_Date: 15-Aug-2005
    Currentness_Reference: Date of Landsat Scenes

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Remote Sensing Image

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    Western United States
    Western United States zones 1,2,3,4 and 5 as delineated by NOAA using scene boundaries, hydrological units, and county boundaries (Source: unknown)

    Landcover Classification
    Landcover Classification as determined by NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C- CAP): Guidance for Regional Implementation (Source: Dobson, J. et al, NOAA Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP): Guidance for Regional Implementation, NOAA Technical Report NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) 123, U.S. Department of Commerce, April 1995)

    ValueDefinition
    1 UnclassifiedThis class contains no data due to cloud conditions or data voids.
    2 High Intensity DevelopedContains little or no vegetation. This subclass includes heavily built-up urban centers as well as large constructed surfaces in suburban and rural areas. Large buildings (such as multiple family housing, hangars, and large barns), interstate highways, and runways typically fall into this subclass. Impervious surfaces account for 80-100 percent of the total cover.
    3 Medium Intensity DevelopedContains substantial amounts of constructed surface mixed with substantial amounts of vegetated surface. Small buildings (such as single family housing, farm outbuildings, and large sheds), typically fall into this subclass. Impervious surfaces account for 50-79 percent of the total cover.
    4 Low Intensity DevelopedContains constructed surface mixed with vegetated surface. This class includes features seen class 3, with the addition of streets and roads with associated trees and grasses. Impervious surfaces account for 21-49 percent of the total cover.
    5 Developed Open SpaceIncludes areas with a mixture of some constructed materials, but mostly vegetation in the form of lawn grasses. This subclass includes parks, lawns, athletic fields, golf courses, and natural grasses occurring around airports and industrial sites. Impervious surfaces account for less than 20 percent of total cover.
    6 Cultivated LandIncludes herbaceous (cropland) and woody (e.g., orchards, nurseries, and vineyards) cultivated lands.
    7 Pasture/HayCharacterized by grasses, legumes or grass-legume mixtures planted for livestock grazing or the production of seed or hay crops.
    8 GrasslandDominated by naturally occurring grasses and non-grasses (forbs) that are not fertilized, cut, tilled, or planted regularly.
    9 Deciduous ForestIncludes areas dominated by single stemmed, woody vegetation unbranched 0.6 to 1 meter above the ground and having a height greater than 5 meters and cover more than 20% of land area. More than 75 percent of the tree species shed foliage simultaneous in response to seasonal change.
    10 Evergreen ForestIncludes areas in which more than 67 percent of the trees remain green throughout the year. Both coniferous and broad-leaved evergreens are included in this category. Trees must be taller than 5 meters and more than 20% of the land cover.
    11 Mixed ForestContains all forested areas in which both evergreen and deciduous trees are growing and neither predominate. Trees must be taller than 5 meters and more than 20% of the land cover.
    12 Scrub/ShrubAreas dominated by woody vegetation less than 5 meters in height. This class includes true shrubs,young trees, and trees or shrubs that are small or stunted because of environmental conditions. Includes both evergreen and deciduous scrub.
    13 Palustrine Forested WetlandIncludes all non-tidal wetlands dominated by woody vegetation greater than or equal to 5 meters in height, and all such wetlands that occur in tidal areas in which salinity due to ocean-derived salts is below 0.5 parts per thousand (ppt).
    14 Palustrine Scrub/Shrub WetlandIncludes all non-tidal wetlands dominated by woody vegetation less than or equal to 5 meters in height, and all such wetlands that occur in tidal areas in which salinity due to ocean-derived salts is below 0.5 ppt.
    15 Palustrine Emergent WetlandIncludes all non-tidal wetlands dominated by persistent emergents, emergent mosses, or lichens, and all such wetlands that occur in tidal areas in which salinity due to ocean-derived salts is below 0.5 ppt.
    16 Estuarine Forest WetlandIncludes all tidal wetlands dominated by woody vegetation greater than or equal to 5 meters in height, and all such wetlands that occur in tidal areas in which salinity due to ocean-derived salts is above 0.5 parts per thousand (ppt).
    17 Estuarine Scrub/Shrub WetlandIncludes all tidal wetlands dominated by woody vegetation less than or equal to 5 meters in height, and all such wetlands that occur in tidal areas in which salinity due to ocean-derived salts is above 0.5 ppt.
    18 Estuarine Emergent WetlandCharacterized by erect, rooted, herbaceous hydrophytes (excluding mosses and lichens) that are present for most of the growing season in most years. Perennial plants usually dominate these wetlands. All water regimes are included except those that are subtidal and irregularly exposed.
    19 Unconsolidated ShoreCharacterized by substrates lacking vegetation except for pioneering plants that become established during brief periods when growing conditions are favorable. Erosion and deposition by waves and currents produce a number of landforms, such as beaches, bars, and flats, all of which are included in this class.
    20 Bare LandComposed of bare soil, rock, sand, silt, gravel, or other earthen material with little or no vegetation.
    21 Open WaterIncludes all areas of open water with less than 25 percent cover of vegetation or soil.
    22 Palustrine Aquatic BedIncludes wetlands and deepwater habitats dominated by plants that grow principally on or below the surface of the water for most of the growing season in most years. Salinity due to ocean-derived salts is below 0.5 ppt.
    23 Estuarine Aquatic BedIncludes widespread and diverse Algal Beds in the Marine and Estuarine Systems, where they occupy substrates characterized by a wide range of sediment depths and textures. They occur in both the Subtidal and Intertidal Subsystems and may grow to depths of 30 m (98 feet). This includes kelp forests. Salinity due to ocean-derived salts is equal to or above 0.5 ppt.
    24 TundraIncludes treeless cover beyond the latitudinal limit of the boreal forest in pole-ward regions and above the elevation range of the boreal forest in high mountains.
    25 Snow/IceIncludes persistent snow and ice that persist for greater portions of the year.


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    NOAA Coastal Services Center
    Clearinghouse Manager
    2234 South Hobson Ave
    Charleston, South Carolina 29405-2413
    USA

    (843)740-1200 (voice)
    (843) 740-1224 (FAX)
    clearinghouse@csc.noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time


Why was the data set created?

C-CAP is dedicated to the development, distribution, and application of land cover and change data for the coastal regions of the U.S. This effort is being conducted in close coordination with state coastal management agencies, the interagency Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) consortium, and the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) 2001 effort.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
Data set is not for use in litigation. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable, NOAA, cannot assume liability for any damages, or misrepresentations, caused by any inaccuracies in the data. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    NOAA Coastal Services Center
    Clearinghouse Manager
    2234 South Hobson Ave
    Charleston, South Carolina 29405
    USA

    (843)740-1200 (voice)
    (843) 740-1224 (FAX)
    clearinghouse@csc.noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Downloadable Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    Users must assume responsibility to determine the appropriate use of these data. DATA SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR LEGALLY BINDING APPLICATIONS.

  4. How can I download or order the data?


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 20-Dec-2012
Last Reviewed: 19-Dec-2008
Metadata author:
NOAA Coastal Services Center
Metadata Specialist
2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina 29405
USA

(843)740-1200 (voice)
(843)740-1224 (FAX)
csc@csc.noaa.gov

Hours_of_Service: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Eastern Standard Time
Metadata standard:
FGDC CSDGM (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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