Land Cover Download

Long Island Sound 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, 2010 and 2015).

Version 2.3

The newest set of land cover has been added to the Changing Landscape study which includes a 2015 date and some minor modifications to earlier dates. All dates are available for download. The download files are zipped img rasters with 12 classes.

changing landscape map

Connecticut +

These files cover Connecticut and small parts of watersheds that cross the NY, MA and RI borders.

Land Cover

1985   1990   1995   2002   2006   2010   2015

Forest Fragmentation

1985   1990   1995   2002   2006   2010   2015

Watershed map

Long Island Sound Watershed Area

These files cover the HUC12 watersheds that belong to the Long Island Sound watershed and are part of this study.

Land Cover

1985   1990   1995   2002   2006   2010   2015

High Resolution Map

Full Land Cover Coverage

These files contain the full extent of land cover available including Long Island Sound watershed as well as Westchester County (NY), New York City and a portion of Long Island.

Land Cover

1985   1990   1995   2002   2006   2010   2015


Land cover category descriptions and class numbers (also called gridcode and value).

Forest fragmentation category descriptions and class numbers (also called gridcode and value).


Map services are available


Tables of statistics can be downloaded directly from the Connecticut and Long Island Sound Watershed visualizations.