New Land Cover Data Released

Recently, NOAA issued a press release announcing new high resolution land cover data to help communities understand coastal change. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provided $8 million to support this land cover information across the country.

The image above on the right shows 30 meter land cover data for Shelter Bay in Skagit County, Washington, while the image on the left shows the same area with 1 meter high resolution land cover data, making the product 900 times more detailed.

This new data is particularly important as it can be used in coastal management applications, and is the backbone of key predictive models for sea level rise and stormwater management. The data also allows for year-to-year comparison, so communities can document changes in land cover and associated impacts.

“The higher resolution product is something local leaders have been asking about for years, but it is often prohibitively expensive for communities to acquire this type of data,” says Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., NOAA administrator. “Technological advances and funding supplied through the Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are allowing NOAA to acquire comprehensive land cover data to meet the needs of coastal communities.”

Photo courtesy of NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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