Landuse dataset in China (1980-2015)

The remote sensing monitoring database of China's land use status is a multi temporal land use status database covering the land area of China after years of accumulation under the support of national science and technology support plan, important direction project of knowledge innovation project of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The data set includes seven periods: the end of 1980s, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. The data production is based on the Landsat TM / ETM Remote Sensing Images of each period as the main data source, which is generated by manual visual interpretation. Data are missing from some islands in the South China Sea.

Spatial resolution: 30m, projection parameters: Albers_ Conic_ Equal_ Area central meridian 105, standard weft 1: 25, standard weft 2: 47.

The remote sensing monitoring database of China's land use status is a relatively high precision land use monitoring data product in China, which has played an important role in the national land resources survey, hydrology and ecological research.

The land use types include six first-class types of cultivated land, woodland, grassland, water area, residential land and unused land, and 25 second-class types.

Data file naming and use method

The data format is GRID and can be opened using ARCMAP.

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Chinese Academy of Sciences Resource and Environmental Science Data Center( Landuse dataset in China (1980-2015). National Tibetan Plateau Data Center, 2019. (Download the reference: RIS | Bibtex )

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Pan-Third Pole Environment Study for a Green Silk Road-A CAS Strategic Priority A Program (No:XDA20000000)

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Geographic coverage
East: 135.20 West: 73.50
South: 18.00 North: 53.50
  • Temporal resolution: 1 year < x < 10 year
  • Spatial resolution: 10m - 100m
  • File size: 55 MB
  • Browse count: 730 Times
  • Apply count: 82 Times
  • Share mode: online
  • Temporal coverage: 1980-02-02 To 2015-04-01
  • Updated time: 2019-08-20
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Distributor: National Tibetan Plateau Data Center


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