New Dataset

Monitor Change with New Custom Land Use Land Cover Change Maps from Impact Observatory

Sep 25, 2023
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From forest harvests and new construction to shifting weather patterns that lead to droughts and floods, landscapes are constantly in flux. To keep pace with this level of change, we’re excited to announce a new, innovative data source available in Lens from Impact Observatory. Custom Land Use Land Cover (LULC) change maps are now available for any area of interest, over user-specified time periods, from 2018 to the present.

Impact Observatory’s AI-powered methods automate and accelerate Land Use Land Cover mapping and monitoring using the latest Sentinel-2 10m data. This data source categorizes land cover into 14 classes: 

  • Water Channel Extent
  • Variable Water
  • Persistent Water
  • Dense Trees
  • Sparse Trees
  • Dense Rangeland
  • Sparse Rangeland
  • Flooded Vegetation
  • Crops
  • High Density Built
  • Low Density Built
  • Bare Ground
  • Snow/Ice
  • Clouds

With this data, Lens users can quickly understand the current landscape and make more informed decisions in project planning or monitoring. A few example use cases include: 

  • Understanding land conversion due to agricultural expansion or timber harvests
  • Tracking urban expansion and land use change
  • Assessing forest loss to respond swiftly and protect conserved areas

Lens Plus and Enterprise users can request this custom land cover dataset at 2 cents per acre, with a minimum spend of $500, and data delivery will include the time period requested and one year prior for comparison. Impact Observatory’s 10-class land use and land cover dataset remains freely available to all Lens users. If you have questions about the data or how it may be used, please reach out to us at lens@upstream.tech or visit our plans page to sign up and get started today.