The Land Cover 2017 dataset is a compilation of land cover data created by Florida's five Water Management Districts. Each Water Management District used a similar mapping source, mapping methods, and attribute coding. Codes are based on the Florida Land Use, Cover and Forms Classification System (FLUCCS-DOT 1999).
The data dates vary by Water Management District as follows:
This data is also referred to as Land Use / Land Cover. Some Water Management Districts coded for land use as the primary code and land cover as the secondary code. But they only did this for a selected set of codes. So its inconsistently applied statewide. Based on the FLUCCS coding scheme, MapWise views the data as mainly a land cover data set.
Land Cover maps are essential to understanding current land use and land cover patterns as well as change over time. The data is also a key input to scientific models that predict phenomena such as groundwater recharge and surface water runoff.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection created the statewide version of the data to seamlessly utilize the data across the state of Florida.
Florida's five Water Management Districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have mapped detailed land cover multiple times since 1990. The mapping sources, methods and coding schemes have remained fairly consistent through time. However, as more information has become available, such as parcels, higher resolution aerials, updated elevation, etc the maps have been improving over time. They also demonstrate land cover changes over time when multiple years are compared.
The five Florida Water Management Districts: Northwest Florida, South Florida, Southwest Florida, St Johns River, and Suwannee River Water Management District
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
land, cover, use
Approximately +/- 23 feet
Each Water Management District follwed similar steps to creating this data.
Florida Albers HARN
|LANDUSE_CODE||4-digit land use / land cover code||Integer|
|LANDUSE_DESCRIPTION||4-digit code: Code descriptive name, e.g. 4320||String|
|LEVEL1_LANDUSE_CODE||Level 1 version of 4-digit code, e.g. 4000||Integer|
|LEVEL1_LANDUSE_DESCRIPTION||Level 1 Code descriptive name||String|
|LEVEL2_LANDUSE_CODE||Level 2 version of 4-digit code, e.g. 4300||Integer|
|LEVEL2_LANDUSE_DESCRIPTION||Level 2 Code descriptive name||String|
|LANDCOVER_CODE||4-digit land cover code||Integer|
|LANDCOVER_DESCRIPTION||4-digit land cover code descriptive name||String|
|WATER_MANAGEMENT_DISTRICT||Water Management District Code||String|
|LANDUSE_YEAR||Data year / range||String|
The following PDF documents provide detailed descriptions of the landcover codes available in the SFWMD and SWFWMD portions of the land cover data set.
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