New Jersey Land Cover Change Analysis Project: 1972, 1984, 1995

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The CRSSA land cover GIS data, otherwise known as 'satellite image classifications', are raster-based data and are available for download in ESRI's Arc/Info GRID format (ver. 8.x). All data are geo-referenced to the UTM Projection, NAD83 datum (UTM zone 18, Units meters). Please read the FGDC-compliant metadata for pertinent data information.

The land cover data are downloadable as ZIP'd tar files (*.tar.ZIP); extracting the data will result in an Arc/Info workspace containing its respective land cover data year (CRSSA optioned for this data transfer method versus Arc/Info interchange format (*.e00) due to the interchange format's massive file size).

NJ Land Cover # of Classes Ground-cell Resolution      
1995 40 (level 3) 30 x 30 meters Image Metadata Download
1984 39 (level 3) 30 x 30 meters Image Metadata Download
1972 8 (level 1) 80 x 80 meters Image Metadata Download

* Usage of these land cover raster-GRIDs in ESRI's ArcView require the Spatial Analyst extention
** the 1984 and 1995 data are accompanied by ESRI ArcView 3.x legend files (*.avl) for level 3 mapping.


October 2000

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This final report is now viewable/downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Please be aware the figure graphics were degraded for this PDF digital version, however, the final report's map can now be viewed at a higher quality:

Fig. 1, Pg. 3: Landsat TM Image of NJ (Nov. 4, 1994) 
Fig. 2, Pg. 5: NJ Developed Land Change: 1972 to 1995 
Fig. 3, Pg. 9: NJ 1995 Level I Land Cover 
Fig. 4, Pg.13: NJ Contiguous Tracts of Forest Land: 1984, 1995 
Fig. 5, Pg.14: NJ Contiguous Tracts of Cultivated/Grass: 1984, 1995

Disclaimer / Terms of Use

While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, Rutgers University cannot assume liability for any damages, or misrepresentations, caused by any inaccuracies in the data, or as a result of the data to be used on a particular system. Rutgers University makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. Any maps, publications, reports or any other type of document produced as a result of an associated project utilizing Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA), Rutgers University, data will credit the original author(s) as listed in the metadata as well as the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA), Rutgers University. Data set is not for use in litigation.

CRSSA New Jersey Land Cover Mapping Partners/Funding:

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) - 
Division of Science, Research and Technology
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) - 
Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program
Cook College, Rutgers University:
New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - 
Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

NJLCCA Project Contact:
Richard G. Lathrop, Director, CRSSA