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Landscape Change Monitoring System (LCMS) Puerto Rico USVI Year Highest Prob Fast Loss (Image Service)

posted on 2024-06-05, 12:52 authored by U.S. Forest Service
The Landscape Change Monitoring System (LCMS) is an emerging remote sensing-based system for mapping and monitoring land cover change across the United States. The objective of LCMS is to develop a consistent approach using the latest technology and advancements in change detection to produce a "best available" map of landscape change.  Data products consist of Raster datasets of "loss", "gain" and landuse/landcover for all year from 1985 to present.   LCMS data are designed to advance and modernize our intra- and inter-agency monitoring capabilities using reference data and a series of change detection algorithms. Because no algorithm performs best in all situations, LCMS uses an ensemble model to improve map accuracy across a range of ecosystems and disturbance processes. Reference data are collected using TimeSync, a web-based tool that helps analysts visualize and interpret the Landsat data record from 1984-present. The LCMS ensemble model yields a "best available" map highlighting a multitude of change processes and land cover types. ​​

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U.S. Forest Service


  • Geospatial

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ISO Topic Category

  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

Forestry, Wildland Management

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:96 - Forest Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:059 - Management Activities

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  • Public