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Virginia Tree Cover (2000)

VATREE

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What does this data set describe?

  • Title: VATREE
  • Abstract: VATREE is a map of forestland in Virginia developed through the classification of Landsat 7 ETM+ satellite imagery acquired in the years 1999 and 2000, and using the Iterative Guided Spectral Class Rejection process. It was further refined using various ancillary data sets and algorithms. Classification training and accuracy assessment was done using over 7,000 Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) ground data plots.
  • Supplemental_Information: These data do not contain other land use classifcations, such as agriculture,urban areas or barren/stip land.
  1. How should this data set be cited?
  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    • West_Bounding_Coordinate: -83.848328
    • East_Bounding_Coordinate: -75.168510
    • North_Bounding_Coordinate: 39.472029
    • South_Bounding_Coordinate: 36.278059
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    • Calendar_Date: 1999
    • Currentness_Reference: ground condition
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    • Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: raster digital data
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      • This is a Raster data set. It contains the following raster data types:
        • Dimensions 11535 x 24914 x 1, type Grid Cell
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      • The map projection used is Lambert Conformal Conic.
        • Projection parameters:
          • Standard_Parallel: 37.000000
          • Standard_Parallel: 39.500000
          • Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -79.500000
          • Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 36.000000
          • False_Easting: 0.000000
          • False_Northing: 0.000000
        • Planar coordinates are encoded using coordinate pair
          • Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 30.000000
          • Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 30.000000
          • Planar coordinates are specified in meters
        • The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
        • The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
        • The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
        • The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222.
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    • VATREE
    • ObjectID Internal feature number. (Source: ESRI) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
    • Land Use Land Use
      • 1: Non-forest
      • 2: Forest
      • 3: Water
    • Count Pixel count
    • Red Red color value
      • Range of values
        • Minimum: 0
        • Maximum: 1
    • Green Green color value
      • Range of values
        • Minimum: 0
        • Maximum: 1
    • Blue Blue color value
      • Range of values
        • Minimum: 0
        • Maximum: 1
    • Opacity

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set?(may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Inventory and Analysis
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    • Virginia Department of Forestry, Forest Inventory and Analysis
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    • Jason Braunstein
      Virginia Department of Forestry
      GIS Manager
      900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
      Charlottesville, VA 22903
      434.977.6555 (voice)
      434.296.2369 (FAX)

Why was the data set created?

VATREE was developed primarily to provide stratification for the estimation of forestland area. It may additionally be used as an image mask for forest type classification or as a baseline for forest health, disturbance and harvest monitoring.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    • (process 1 of 2)
      • Metadata imported.
        • Data sources used in this process
          • N:\VA-Forest-Cover-2000\VA_FIA_Forest2000.img.xml
    • (process 2 of 2)
      • Dataset copied.
        • Data sources used in this process:
          • N:\VA-Forest-Cover-2000\vatree

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

  • Access_Constraints: Data is available to all interested parties
  • Use_Constraints: Data may only be redistributed with accompanying metadata.
  1. Who distributes the data set?
    • [Distributor contact information not provided.]
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?
    • Downloadable Data
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    • This information is provided with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be correct or complete and conclusions drawn from such information are the sole responsibility of the user. While The Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) has attempted to ensure that this documentation is accurate and reliable, DOF does not assume liability for any damages caused by inaccuracies in these data or documentation, or as a result of the failure of the data or software to function in a particular manner. DOF makes no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness, or utility of this information, nor does the fact of distribution constitute a warranty.
  4. How can I download or order the data?
    • Availability in digital form:
      • Data format:
      • Size: 19.606
    • Cost to order the data:

Who wrote the metadata?

  • Dates:
    • Last modified: 18-Nov-2002
  • Metadata author:
    • John Scrivani
      Virginia Department of Forestry
      Resource Information Manager
      900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 800
      Charlottesville, VA 22903
      434.977.6555 (voice)
      434.296.2369 (FAX)
  • Metadata standard:
    • FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)
  • Metadata extensions used:
    • http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html

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