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Riparian vegetation classification of the Colorado River Corridor, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 2013—Data

Total vegetation classification within in the Grand Canyon riparian corridor derived from 2013 airborne image collection


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Durning, L.E., Sankey, J.B., Chain, G.R., and Sankey, T.T., 2017, Riparian vegetation classification of the Colorado River Corridor, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 2013—Data: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data are classification maps of total riparian vegetation along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon from Glen Canyon Dam to Pearce Ferry in Arizona. The data are derived from interpretation of multispectral high resolution airborne imagery that was acquired in May 2013. The total vegetation data have the same 0.2-meter ground resolution as the imagery. These data have not undergone a statistical accuracy assessment, but they are based on methods that included image interpretation to exhaustively identify total vegetation which have been shown to produce very high classification accuracies and excellent correlation between maps of total vegetation produced by independent analysts and ground truth. The data represent total vegetation [...]


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Joel Sankey
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Laura E. Durning, Joel B. Sankey, Geoff R. Chain, Temuulen T. Sankey
Metadata Contact :
Laura E Durning
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U.S. Geological Survey
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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SDC Data Owner :
Southwest Biological Science Center

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These data are intended to be useful for management, monitoring, and research of riparian vegetation in the Colorado River downstream of Glen Canyon Dam. They represent the most complete and up-to-date census of the area covered by vegetation in the riparian corridor at the time of image acquisition in May 2013 (see Durning and others., 2016 for details of the acquisition). These data can be used in GIS for change detection with other vegetation datasets to assess spatiotemporal dynamics of riparian vegetation associated with river regulation and associated resources in the Colorado River ecosystem such as sandbars, campsites, or archeological sites. These data can also be used to transform the digital surface model (DSM) co-collected with the multispectral imagery into a bare-earth digital elevation model (DEM) through the removal of vegetation canopies and interpolation of the elevation data.


The authors of these data request that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data for other purposes, nor on all computer systems, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F7K64GJF

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