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Title: EnviroAtlas -- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN -- Meter-Scale Urban Land Cover (MULC) Data (2010)
Abstract: The Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN EnviroAtlas Meter-scale Urban Land Cover (MULC) data were generated from four-band (red, green, blue, and near infrared) aerial photography provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP). The NAIP imagery for the state of Minnesota was collected during the summer and fall of 2010. Lidar data and relevant ancillary datasets contributed to the classification. Eight land cover types were classified: water, impervious surface, soil and barren land, trees and forest, grass and herbaceous, agriculture, woody wetland, and emergent wetland. An accuracy assessment of 644 completely random and 62 stratified random photointerpreted reference points yielded an overall User's Accuracy of 83 percent. The boundary of this data layer is delineated by the US Census Bureau's 2010 Urban Statistical Area for Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN plus a 1-km buffer. 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: Ecosystem goods and services are critically important to human health and well-being, but they are often overlooked due to lack of information. Using EnviroAtlas, many types of users can access, view, and analyze diverse information to better understand the potential impacts of various decisions. EnviroAtlas data is available at two spatial extents: the contiguous United States and select communities. The National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD) provides land cover for the entire contiguous U.S. at 30-meter resolution. However, the density of an urban landscape requires higher resolution in order to perform meaningful analysis. Meter Scale Urban Land Cover (MULC) was developed to fulfill that need. By comparison, there are 900 MULC pixels for every one NLCD pixel. Anticipated users of MULC include city and regional planners, water authorities, wildlife and natural resource managers, public health officials, citizens, teachers, and students. Potential applications of this data include the design of wildlife corridors and riparian buffers, stormwater management, urban heat island mitigation, access to recreation and green space, urban forestry, and urban landscape ecology. MULC data present a "birds-eye" view that can help identify important features, patterns and relationships in the urban landscape. 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/MinneapolisStPaulMN
Reference URL: https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas/enviroatlas-data
Website URL: https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas
Open/Close section Time Period of Content
Publication Date: 20161205
Progress: Completed
Frequency: As needed
Open/Close section Single Date
Date: 2010
Currentness: Ground condition
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West Bounding Longitude: -93.7854091301
East Bounding Longitude: -92.9610329068
North Bounding Latitude: 45.3094922328
South Bounding Latitude: 44.5899921157
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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.
Open/Close section Theme Keywords
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: {8e426180-b263-48b0-ac28-514adc076f03}
Metadata Date Stamp: 2017-09-05
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998