On a satellite image, colored portions made using the new data show land use change between 2013 and 2018. (Image courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)

By Rachel Felver

Innovative technology continues to make advancements for Chesapeake Bay restoration through a new land use/land cover data. The Chesapeake Bay Program, in collaboration with the Chesapeake Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Vermont, is pleased to announce the release of the Very High-Resolution Land Use/Land Cover and Change Data.

The new dataset includes a more detailed land use/land cover classification with enhanced technical and scientific information that was not previously available in prior data products. Updates include the 2013-14 data, new 2017-18 data, and the change data from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

This is the largest amount of open data at this scale that has ever been made available and it’s free for anyone to use. To learn more about what is included in this new data set and how this tool can be used, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Website.

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