Changing Landscape is a remote sensing-based land cover study that charts landscape changes in Connecticut and portions of New York. It covers the 30-year period from 1985 to 2015 (with in-between dates of 1990, 1995, 2002, 2006 and 2010). It includes information on basic land cover, as well as subsidiary analyses of riparian corridor land cover, impervious cover and agricultural field and soil analysis.
A new set of land cover is being added to the Changing Landscape study which includes a 2015 date and some minor modifications to earlier dates. This new version, called 2.3, is being processed for statistics, towns and visualizations. In the meantime and to meet the many requests, the GIS raster files are provided here for download. Files are zipped img files with 12 classes that cover Connecticut plus a small area in New York and Massachusetts along the Connecticut border.
Download from the Long Island Sound Watershed Study: 1985-2010 (6 dates) Land Cover and Change, Riparian Zone Land Cover and Change, Impervious estimates by basin for the study area.
Download from the Connecticut's Changing Landscape Study: 1985-2006 (5 dates) Land Cover and Change for the study area, Connecticut and by planning region.
Download from the Connecticut's Changing Landscape Study: 1985-2006 (5 dates) Forest Fragmentation and Change for the study area, Connecticut and by planning region.