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US, Land Cover


This layer contains land cover classifications for the US. This raster file is intended for medium scale thematic mapping and analysis.



The spatial data were obtained from the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) provided by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC). Attributes were modified to include pixel color and value information, opacity, and land cover type. The coordinate system of this data is WGS 1984.

"National Land Cover Database 2006 (NLCD 2006) is a 16-class land cover classification scheme that has been applied consistently across the conterminous United States at a spatial resolution of 30 meters. NLCD 2006 is based primarily on a decision-tree classification of circa 2006 Landsat satellite data. NLCD 2006 also quantifies land cover change between the years 2001 to 2006. The NLCD2006 land cover change product was generated by comparing spectral characteristics of Landsat imagery between 2001 and 2006, on an individual path/row basis, using protocols to identify and label change based on the trajectory from NLCD 2001 products." - MRLC


Center for Geospatial Technology, Texas Tech University
Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium

Use limitations


West  -130.232844    East  -63.671891
North  52.877273    South  21.742277

Scale Range
Maximum (zoomed in)  1:5,000
Minimum (zoomed out)  1:150,000,000

ArcGIS Metadata 

Topics and Keywords 

*Content type  Downloadable Data


*Title US_NLCD_2006_MRLC.tif

Presentation formats* digital map

Resource Details 

Dataset languages* English (UNITED STATES)

Spatial representation type* grid

*Processing environment Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS

Center for Geospatial Technology, Texas Tech University
Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium

ArcGIS item properties
*Name US_NLCD_2006_MRLC.tif
*Location file://\\cgstdb\CGSTGeognet\Geognet\Geognet2014\USLayers2014\US_Landcover\US_NLCD_2006_MRLC.tif
*Access protocol Local Area Network


Geographic extent
Bounding rectangle
Extent type  Extent used for searching
*West longitude -130.232844
*East longitude -63.671891
*North latitude 52.877273
*South latitude 21.742277
*Extent contains the resource Yes

Extent in the item's coordinate system
*West longitude -130.232844
*East longitude -63.671891
*South latitude 21.742277
*North latitude 52.877273
*Extent contains the resource Yes

Spatial Reference 

ArcGIS coordinate system
*Type Geographic
*Geographic coordinate reference GCS_WGS_1984
*Coordinate reference details
Geographic coordinate system
Well-known identifier 4326
X origin -400
Y origin -400
XY scale 11258999068426.238
Z origin -100000
Z scale 10000
M origin -100000
M scale 10000
XY tolerance 8.983152841195215e-009
Z tolerance 0.001
M tolerance 0.001
High precision true
Left longitude -180
Latest well-known identifier 4326
Well-known text GEOGCS["GCS_WGS_1984",DATUM["D_WGS_1984",SPHEROID["WGS_1984",6378137.0,298.257223563]],PRIMEM["Greenwich",0.0],UNIT["Degree",0.0174532925199433],METADATA["World",-180.0,-90.0,180.0,90.0,0.0,0.0174532925199433,0.0,1262],AUTHORITY["EPSG",4326]]

Reference system identifier
*Value 4326
*Codespace EPSG
*Version 8.2.6

Spatial Data Properties 

Georectified Grid
*Number of dimensions 2

Axis dimensions properties
Dimension type  column (x-axis)
*Dimension size 189695
*Resolution  0.000351 Degree

Axis dimensions properties
Dimension type  row (y-axis)
*Dimension size 88733
*Resolution  0.000351 Degree

*Cell geometry  area
*Point in pixel  center

*Transformation parameters are available Yes

*Check points are available No

Corner points
*Point -130.232844 21.742277
*Point -130.232844 52.877273
*Point -63.671891 52.877273
*Point -63.671891 21.742277

*Center point -96.952367 37.309775

ArcGIS Raster Properties
General Information
*Pixel depth 8
*Compression type LZW
*Number of bands 1
*Raster format TIFF
*Source type discrete
*Pixel type unsigned integer
*No data value 255
*Has colormap Yes
*Has pyramids Yes

Spatial Data Content 

Image Description
*Type of information  thematic classification

Band information
*Description Band_1
*Maximum value 95.000000
*Minimum value 0.000000
*Number of bits per value 8


Distribution format
*Name Raster Dataset


Details for object US_NLCD_2006_MRLC.tif.vat 
*Type Table
*Row count 256

Field OID
*Alias OID
*Data type OID
*Width 4
*Precision 0
*Scale 0
*Field description
Internal feature number.

*Description source

*Description of values
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.

Field Value
*Alias Value
*Data type Integer
*Width 9
*Precision 9
*Scale 0

Field Count
*Alias Count
*Data type Double
*Width 19
*Precision 0
*Scale 0

Field Red
*Alias Red
*Data type Double
*Width 19
*Precision 0
*Scale 0

Field Green
*Alias Green
*Data type Double
*Width 19
*Precision 0
*Scale 0

Field Blue
*Alias Blue
*Data type Double
*Width 19
*Precision 0
*Scale 0

Field Land_Cover
*Alias Land_Cover
*Data type String
*Width 254
*Precision 0
*Scale 0

Field Opacity
*Alias Opacity
*Data type Double
*Width 19
*Precision 0
*Scale 0

Metadata Details 

*Metadata language English (UNITED STATES)
*Metadata character set  utf8 - 8 bit UCS Transfer Format

Scope of the data described by the metadata* dataset
Scope name* dataset

*Last update 2014-12-11

ArcGIS metadata properties
Metadata format ArcGIS 1.0
Standard or profile used to edit metadata ItemDescription

Created in ArcGIS for the item 2014-09-15 10:52:03
Last modified in ArcGIS for the item 2014-12-11 10:37:06

Automatic updates
Have been performed Yes
Last update 2014-12-11 10:35:31

Item location history
Item copied or moved 2014-09-15 10:52:04
From Y:\CGSTData_Archive\Geognet2014\nlcd_2006_landcover_2011_edition_2014_03_31\nlcd_2006_landcover_2011_edition_2014_03_31.img
To \\cgstgeognet\cgst\Geognet\Geognet2014\USLayers2014\US_Landcover\nlcd_2006_landcover_2011_edition_2014_03_31.img

FGDC Metadata (read-only) 

Entities and Attributes