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Knowing where, when, and what factors create change across landscapes is critical to making sound land management decisions. To support land managers and scientists with this need, a group of leading remote sensing scientists and application specialists in the US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, NASA, and numerous universities have collaborated to develop and produce a Landscape Change Monitoring System (LCMS).
LCMS is a remote sensing-based system for mapping and monitoring landscape change across the United States. LCMS provides a “best available” map of landscape change that leverages advances in time series-based change detection techniques, Landsat data availability, cloud-based computing power, and big data analysis methods.
LCMS produces annual maps depicting change (vegetation loss and vegetation gain), land cover, and land use from 1985 to present that can be used to assist with a wide range of land management applications. With the help of Regional and National Forest staffs we have identified many applications of LCMS data, including forest planning and revision, updating existing vegetation maps, assessing landscape conditions, supporting post-fire recovery, and meeting some broad-scale monitoring requirements.
In preparation for nationwide production, prototype LCMS products have been produced over several study areas: the Flathead, Bridger-Teton, Manti-La Sal, and Chugach National Forests, as well as the USFS Intermountain Region (Southern Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Western Wyoming). In addition, an early prototype of only the vegetation loss product over all lands of the conterminous United States is available. The full suite of LCMS products will be available nationwide in early 2021 and these products will be updated annually thereafter.
The LCMS Data Explorer is a web-based application that provides users the ability to view, analyze, summarize and download LCMS data. A user-friendly set of tools allows users to upload an area of interest and perform pixel- and area-based summaries with a charting feature displaying the results of all LCMS outputs. A tutorial is available in the Viewer Support menu.
For questions or more information on LCMS please contact the LCMS helpdesk firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The USDA Forest Service makes no warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, reliability, completeness or utility of these geospatial data, or for the improper or incorrect use of these geospatial data. These geospatial data and related maps or graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such. The data and maps may not be used to determine title, ownership, legal descriptions or boundaries, legal jurisdiction, or restrictions that may be in place on either public or private land. Natural hazards may or may not be depicted on the data and maps, and land users should exercise due caution. The data are dynamic and may change over time. The user is responsible to verify the limitations of the geospatial data and to use the data accordingly.