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National Land Cover Database 2011 (NLCD 2011)

posted on 2024-02-13, 13:06 authored by Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC)

National Land Cover Database 2011 (NLCD 2011) is the most recent national land cover product created by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium. NLCD 2011 provides - for the first time - the capability to assess wall-to-wall, spatially explicit, national land cover changes and trends across the United States from 2001 to 2011. As with two previous NLCD land cover products NLCD 2011 keeps the same 16-class land cover classification scheme that has been applied consistently across the United States at a spatial resolution of 30 meters. NLCD 2011 is based primarily on a decision-tree classification of circa 2011 Landsat satellite data.

[Note: The scheduled release date for NLCD 2016 products is Friday, December 28, 2018]

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource Title: Website Pointer to National Land Cover Database 2011 (NLCD 2011).

    File Name: Web Page, url:

    Includes product description, data downloads (Conterminous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico), production statistics, and related references.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Geological Survey


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

National Park Service

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Data contact name

MRLC Project

Data contact email


Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC)

Temporal Extent Start Date


Temporal Extent End Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

United States; Alaska; Hawaii; Puerto Rico

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • boundaries
  • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
  • elevation
  • environment
  • farming
  • geoscientificInformation
  • imageryBaseMapsEarthCover
  • inlandWaters
  • location
  • oceans

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

land cover; databases; United States; decision support systems; Landsat; remote sensing; thematic maps; canopy; monitoring; evolution; climate; education; land management; hydrology; planning; risk; telecommunications; surveys; United States Geological Survey; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; coasts; forests; trees

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC) (2018). National Land Cover Database 2011 (NLCD 2011). Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC).

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