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imageLand Cover Map

image Based on Recent Imagery (1996, 1999, 2000)     Analysis Completed August, 2001

The official website of Dominica states: "Dominica's relatively high range of altitude, coupled with its rainfall, has given rise to a wide variety of vegetation. The undisturbed forests have been as the most extensive in the Lesser Antilles, while its rain forests are considered the finest in the insular Caribbean. Over 60% of the island is still under some form of natural vegetation."

This latest effort of land cover mapping was an on-island cooperative effort of International Program at the EROS Data Center, the Forestry and Wildlife Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, Government of Dominica, and the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation.

The initial land cover map (1987, Dominica Forestry Division/OAS) was used as a starting point to determine potential types of land cover on Dominica.

imageThese classes were translated into the classification scheme proposed in The Nature Conservancy 's 1999 publication, "A Guide to Caribbean Vegetation Types: Preliminary Classification System and Descriptions ". Some further modifications to these classes where made as work progressed.

This current land cover map is based upon field inspections and contributions by local experts, as well as spectral analysis. The source imagery includes an October 1996 SPOT image, and Landsat 7 images from August 1999, September 2000, and October 2000. The 30 meter pixel raster imagery was converted to vector form, and reduced to 1 hectare minimum mapping units.

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U.S. Geological Survey
EROS Data Center International Program
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