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Rangeland Condition Monitoring Assessment and Projection (RCMAP)


The RCMAP (Rangeland Condition Monitoring Assessment and Projection) dataset quantifies the percent cover of rangeland components across the western U.S. using Landsat imagery from 1985-2021. The RCMAP product suite consists of nine fractional components: annual herbaceous, bare ground, herbaceous, litter, non-sagebrush shrub, perennial herbaceous, sagebrush, shrub, and tree, in addition to the temporal trends of each component. Several enhancements were made to the RCMAP process relative to prior generations. The mapping area included eight regions which were subsequently mosaicked for all nine components. These data can be used to answer critical questions regarding the influence of climate change and the suitability of management [...]

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The goal of this project is to provide a dense Landsat imagery time series of rangeland fractional components across the Western U.S. from 1985 to the present year released. These data will provide an inventory of land cover validated products with estimates of precision for the western rangelands. Climate change, shifting fire regimes, and management practices are increasingly impacting the health of the ecosystem. This dataset will fill the need for improved monitoring change within the large rangeland habitat.

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