EarthWorks Geospatial Catalog

Land Use (2005)

This is a statewide, seamless digital dataset of land use / land cover for the State of Massachusetts derived using semi-automated methods and based on digital imagery captured in 2005 with 0.5 m pixel resolution. The project area encompasses the State of Massachusetts. The minimum mapping unit (MMU) for this dataset is 1 acre overall for the dataset. However, there are some exceptions: a MMU of 0.5 acre has been used for rural areas where there may be isolated residential, commercial, or industrial structures. In such cases, areas less than 1 acre and more than about 0.5 acre are mapped. In urban areas, the MMU is 1 acre. This implies that a water tower or a communication tower in the middle of a residential or commercial area may not be mapped out separately if it occupies less than 1 acre of land. In areas where assessor parcel data was available, Multi-family Residential, Commercial, and Industrial areas may be as small as 0.25 acre. The land use classification scheme used for these data is based on a coding schema used in previous land use datasets in Massachusetts with some modifications for the 2005 classification.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massachusetts
Land use, Land cover, Planning, Land Use, Land Cover, and Planning
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