Chesapeake Conservancy - Land Cover Data Project

Country
United States
Sustainable development goals
  • Climate action
  • Life on land
  • Responsible consumption and production
Project link
https://chesapeakeconservancy.org/conservation-innovation-center/high-resolution-data/land-cover-data-project/

About the project

The Land Cover Data Project was initiated by the non-profit organization Chesapeake Conservancy in partnership with ESRI, to utilize satellites, drones and land-based vehicles to generate spatial data and create land cover maps. The maps and their associated assessments are made available online to help the precision conservation movement for the planet.

More project information

The Land Cover Data Project was initiated by the non-profit organization Chesapeake Conservancy in partnership with ESRI, to utilize satellites, drones and land-based vehicles to generate spatial data and create land cover maps. The maps and their associated tools are made available online to help the precision conservation movement for the planet. In order to help civil society in tackling the degradation of the environment, Chesapeake Conservancy opted to provide tools that allow for target interventions. Using the latest high-resolution public datasets provided by various satellites, they convert aerial imagery into usable land cover maps, and the classification of land cover on the fly with great precision. Chesapeake Conservancy also focuses on advanced geospatial analysis which allows them to implement on-the-ground agricultural and conservation best management practices.

Chesapeake Conservancy is pioneering the production of large, high resolution land cover classification datasets. The non-profit organization explains that their system categorizes natural and human-made features that exist on the landscape, such as buildings, tree canopy, and water. In partnership with the University of Vermont and WorldView Solutions, Inc., the Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center completed the Chesapeake Bay High-Resolution Land Cover Project, one of the nation’s largest, high-resolution land cover datasets, in 2016. The dataset was created for the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP)—a regional partnership of EPA, other federal, state, and local agencies and governments, nonprofits, and academic institutions that leads and directs Bay restoration efforts—which was looking to improve its data related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed landscape.

Finally, using advanced flow accumulation algorithms developed by leading scientists, Chesapeake Conservancy is also producing maps depicting concentrated surface flow at the parcel scale. When combined with high-resolution land cover datasets, these drainage maps can assist in identifying areas that have the greatest potential to reduce sediment and nutrient loads into adjacent water bodies. By developing these complex mappings and releasing comprehensive assessments into the public domain, and informing farmers , among other key stakeholders, on agricultural best practices the project contributes to the SDG 9 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 15 (Life on Land).