College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Center for Land Use Education and Research

Land Cover GraphicLand Cover

Land cover depicts what is physically on the ground, such as forest, grass, developed land, etc. There is an increasing body of scientific literature relating land cover of several types to the health of watersheds and the waterways that drain them. Our land cover data is derived from the Landsat series of satellites and is in 30 meter (100 foot) squares, or pixels. Thus, it is appropriate for town, watershed and regional studies, but is not sufficient for very small areas like neighborhoods or parcels.  We have simplified our land cover into 8 categories, which are used to characterize the landscape at certain points of time, and to calculate change between those points – in this case, for the entire study period of 25 years, 1985-2010. 

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Class Descriptions including Change



General Information About Land Cover

Visit the Connecticut's Changing Landscape About page to learn about:

  • How the maps were produced
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Category Descriptions

Visit What We're Measuring to learn about:

  • Understanding 30-meter resolution
  • What we mean by developed
  • Pixels vs. Parcels
  • Land cover and land cover change categories