Land Use Land Cover.

Land Management starts with data.
Sanborn expertise quantifies current land resources into a thematic categories that differentiate types of vegetation, forest cover, water, impervious surface types and more. By using remotely sensed imagery and semi-automated classification methods, Sanborn provides cost-effective and accurate means to derive land resource information and maintain its currency into the future.

Want to know more about land use land cover mapping?

LULC standards. NLCD and beyond.

Sanborn can help you work with national standards (such as the NLCD) or apply custom standards and categorization to your area of interest, such as singling out specialized crops such as blueberry in Maine. Our team can help you determine the best standard for your intended uses, and then identify the appropriate source data to work with.

Building on NLCD Level 1 and the Maine Custom LCD, Sanborn mapped blueberry (light blue) among forested wetlands (pink) in center of image for the State of Maine.

Land Cover Case Study Maine CLD

Satellite, plane, or drone…which data platform is best for LULC mapping.

The simple answer: All of the above. Coarser resolution satellite sensors are economical for large area (regional to statewide and larger) mapping for general classification of the LULC. Lower altitude aerial or drone data collection supports finer grained and denser LULC categorization and are better suited to smaller study areas (municipal to regional and state).

Sanborn plane view from Canyonland Nation Park Utah

Mapping the Urban Tree Canopy.

  • We supplement traditional urban tree canopy measurement from aerial imagery with LiDAR. Because the changes in tree canopy from year to year may only be on the order of 3 to 5 percent, a measurement system that is only 95% accurate can be wildly misleading as an indication of whether canopy is increasing or experiencing losses.
  • Brian Coolidge
    Senior Project Manager​​

Combatting the urban heat island.​

Brian Coolidge