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Land cover classification dataset

Metadata Updated: October 28, 2023

These are two land cover datasets derived from Landsat Thematic Mapper and Operational Land Imager (spatial resolution 30-m)Path 014 and Rows 032 and 033 surface reflectance data collected on July 14, 2011 and July 19, 2013, before and after Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Brigantine, New Jersey on October 29, 2012. The two land cover data sets provide a means of evaluating the effect of Hurricane Sandy of data sets collected at times that represent or approach peak vegetation growth. The most accurate results of the land cover classification are based on twelve classes, some of which occur adjacent to the marshes but not on the New Jersey intracoastal marshes. Twelve classes were used in the supervised maximum likelihood classification of the intracoastal marshes, three classes (forested wetlands, unconsolidated beach sediment and urban development areas) which occur only adjacent to the marshes, were masked out on the land cover maps. The twelve classes are based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 2007 Land Use/Land Cover Data Set classes that could be identified on the Landsat TM surface reflectance bands 3-5 and Landsat OLI surface reflectance bands 4-6, and field work in 2014 and 2015. There is considerable confusion between classes due to the variation in the species and density of cover of vegetation, variation in the composition and density of the vegetation, variation in the composition and amount of the marsh substrate detected by the sensor, and the variation in tidal stage which strongly influences the surface reflectance of the pixel (Kearney et al. 2009). However, the identification of high marsh appears to be accurate based on field work validation. The high marsh contains one-to-three-meter-wide areas of low marsh that border the bays and lagoons and tidal creeks in the marshes, but that are too small to resolve with the Landsat sensors. Kearney, M.S., Stutzer, D.S., Turpie, K., and Stevenson, J.C. (2009) Spectral properties of marsh vegetation under inundation. Journal of Coastal Research 25: 1177-1186.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date May 31, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 28, 2023

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Metadata Created Date May 31, 2023
Metadata Updated Date October 28, 2023
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Identifier USGS:5820a31de4b080404e6fa9a3
Data Last Modified 20200830
Category geospatial
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 010:12
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