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Title: EnviroAtlas -- Paterson, New Jersey -- Meter-Scale Urban Land Cover (MULC) Data (2010)
Abstract: The Paterson, New Jersey EnviroAtlas Meter-Scale Urban Land Cover (MULC) data comprises approximately 66 km2 around the city of Paterson. The land cover data were generated from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP) four band (red, green, blue, and near infrared) aerial photography at 1 m pixel size. Imagery was collected in July 2010. Five land cover classes were mapped: water, impervious surfaces, soil and barren land, trees and forest, and grass and herbaceous non-woody vegetation. An accuracy assessment of 500 completely random and 64 stratified random reference points yielded an overall user's accuracy (MAX) of 86.9% and an overall fuzzy user's accuracy (RIGHT) of 92.5%. For more information on our accuracy assessment see the overview section. This dataset was produced by the US EPA to support research and online mapping activities related to EnviroAtlas. EnviroAtlas (https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas) allows the user to interact with a web-based, easy-to-use, mapping application to view and analyze multiple ecosystem services for the contiguous United States. The dataset is available as downloadable data (https://edg.epa.gov/data/Public/ORD/EnviroAtlas) or as an EnviroAtlas map service. Additional descriptive information about each attribute in this dataset can be found in its associated EnviroAtlas Fact Sheet (https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas/enviroatlas-fact-sheets).
Purpose: The purpose of the MULC data is to provide a detailed snapshot of the urban environment and ecosystem for the analysis of multiple human and ecosystem health metrics and services. This analysis is typically performed by U.S. Census block group. Greenspace and impervious surface land cover classes figure prominently. Land cover maps are integral to sound, scientific decision making and effective stewardship. A high-resolution urban land cover (LC) map quantitatively and qualitatively represents the physical and ecosystem environment of a city. Land cover varies at a fine scale in urban areas, and the existing NLCD (National Land Cover Database, www.mrlc.gov) land cover maps at 30 m spatial resolution are too coarse to measure many urban phenomena of interest, and may not be sufficiently current in rapidly changing urban environments. Some possible applications include: - Knowing the exact location and size of existing green and gray spaces; - Identifying highly impervious areas that would most benefit from additional trees and other vegetation to mitigate surface runoff and urban heat island effects; - Measuring the width of urban riparian buffers; - Locating potential wildlife corridors, gaps and linkages; - Planning park development for maximum benefits. The overall goal of EnviroAtlas is to employ and develop the best available science to map indicators of ecosystem services production, demand, and drivers for the nation.
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Resource(Server) URL: https://enviroatlas.epa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/Supplemental/Landcover_AllCommunities/ImageServer
Download URL: https://edg.epa.gov/data/PUBLIC/ORD/ENVIROATLAS/Communities/PatersonNJ
Reference URL: https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas/enviroatlas-data
Website URL: https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas
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Publication Date: 20170905
Progress: Completed
Frequency: As needed
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Date: 2010
Currentness: Ground condition
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West Bounding Longitude: -74.218601
East Bounding Longitude: -74.116523
North Bounding Latitude: 40.951010
South Bounding Latitude: 40.879437
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License https://edg.epa.gov/EPA_Data_License.html
Access: None
Use: None. Please check sources, scale, accuracy, currency and other available information. Please confirm that you are using the most recent copy of both data and metadata. Acknowledgement of the EPA would be appreciated.
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Theme Topics: Environment and Conservation, Geological and Geophysical, Imagery and Base Maps
Open/Close section Contact Information
Originator: US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
Email: EnviroAtlas@epa.gov
Address Type: mailing and physical address
City: Research Triangle Park
State: NC
Postal Code: 27709
Telephone: (919) 541-3832
Open/Close section Metadata Reference Information
File Identifier: {0C356577-EACE-442D-B723-317B518F1885}
Metadata Date Stamp: 2017-09-05
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998